Darrell Beck, Ph.D., CMC, has over twenty-nine years of business consulting experience spanning a diverse base of client organizations. Darrell partners with family business leaders to understand their vision for succession planning and development of leadership. He then determines the skills and traits that will be necessary for that vision to become reality and assesses the talent, often younger family members but sometimes including key employees outside the family, to determine 'fit' with the values of the family and the traits needed for job success.
Fit is the match or congruence between the individual (skills, personality, cognitive style, cognitive ability, emotional intelligence, and values) and the requirements of a position in the family business. Bringing young family members into the business, developing tomorrow's leaders, ensuring next generation succession–all rely on predictions of fit, and bad predictions are both costly and painful. Dr. Beck's extensive experience and credentials in the use of assessment tools can help families make better choices in these areas. He also has extensive experience with successor coaching and individual development plans, enabling the family and the individual to monitor progress and readiness.
Dr. Beck received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies (interpersonal dynamics, teams and groups, testing and measurement) from Washington State University in 1974. Since establishing his consulting business in 1978 he has helped improve relationships, teams and groups, and assess tomorrow's talent for the continued success of numerous clients, many with which he is still currently engaged as a trusted advisor. His experience base includes numerous family and mid-sized businesses as well as Fortune 500 firms. Major areas of focus are succession planning and leadership development plans, and improving teams and groups (in the family or in the family business). In addition he has helped create and improve family boards and family councils to ensure continuity for the future. He has developed proprietary assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of individuals, leaders, teams, groups and boards.
- Aspen Family Business Group, Partner
- Family Firm Institute, Member
- Institute of Management Consultants, Certified Management Consultant
- Certified Hogan Assessment Systems Consultant
- CentACS (Center for Applied Cognitive Studies), Certified Big Five Consultant
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