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With each client engagement, our lead consultant assembles a teach of consultants who have the relevant experience, expertise, and background to work on the project. Most team members have worked with each other for year and on several different kinds of projects. All teams have developed a successful, collaborative culture of working together and with client systems.

OWNER AND LEAD CONSULTANT


H. Sharif Williams, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Organizational Diagnostician, Social Systems Healer, and Change Agent

Dr. Williams reads the formal and informal processes within institutions, the dynamics of teams, and the politics of groups and assesses people’s ability to function at their best, feel good about their work, and support a diverse workplace environment. He offers clients the opportunity to engage in transformative learning as a path to envision the future, embrace change, overcome challenges, heal breaches, and create environments of social/ecological justice. Dr. Williams integrates theory, methods, and solutions in human development and consciousness, organization studies, adult education, cultural studies, and systems thinking from around the world to provide an integral approach that works on multiple levels: micro/macro, individual/collective, interpersonal/systemic, and vertical/horizontal.

Dr. Williams is a masterful facilitator with twenty-two years of experience. His presence is a profound and powerful invitation to co-create a space of critical reflection, deep meaning, creativity, focus, and engagement. Dr. Williams is a superb observer and communicator. He is able to perceive even the subtlest forces that greatly affect environments and communicate important truths about those forces in ways that are understandable and actionable. Dr. Williams is an excellent coach and counselor who encourages growth and learning.

Dr. Williams is also a scholar-practitioner with a theoretical background in organizations, social systems, and change as well as a practical background as a professional. He holds two bachelor degrees in political science and psychology, a Master of Education degree with specialization in conflict resolution and learning community development, a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems with a concentration in transformative learning for social justice, and has received training in Boalian social change techniques, mediation, and body-mind health.

During the last 15 years, Dr. Williams has worked in the private and public sectors and the not-for profit community (Partnership for Parks, New York University, Wildlife Conservation Society, Park Slope Food Coop, Educators for Social Responsibility, Aurora House).

Dr. Williams' work has included group dynamics training, strategic planning, curriculum design and implementation, diversity/plurality education, and popular education. He uses techniques from the theatrical world to create profound, creative, and fun experiences for the participants. Participants are often encouraged to participate in role-plays, exploratory games, and active modeling of problems and situations.

Dr. Williams utilizes body-mind techniques from the Chinese disciplines of tai chi chuan and chi chung and Indian disciplines of yoga and pranayama (breathing techniques) as well as traditional African concepts of consciousness, family, and community in his work. Through the application of these techniques, Dr. Williams helps participants become more conscious of themselves and their connections to the world. This provides a more complete understanding of the problems and issues that people face. In addition, participants are encouraged to use these techniques to increase their personal power and maintain their personal health.

Dr. Williams has published articles on the topic of organization culture and workplace politics as a former columnist for the nationally distributed magazine, ARISE. He also co-guest edited a special double issue of Tamara Journal for Critical Organizational Inquiry. Dr. Williams is a faculty member of the Organization Management and Development MA Program at Fielding Graduate University.

 
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