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Our latest, Consulting to Technical Leaders, Teams, and Organizations is for consultants who work with or want to work with technical leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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Consulting to Technical Leaders

Consulting to Technical Leaders, Teams, and Organizations: Building Leadership in STEM Environments is for consultants who work with or want to work with technical leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It describes unique characteristics of technical leaders and organizations, includes excerpts from interviews with technical leaders, and provides consulting models to help consultants better understand and connect with technical leaders.


Flying Without A Helicopter

Flying without a Helicopter: Preparing Young People for Work and Life teaches readers what it takes to be successful in the workplace and how to get there. It is about parenting, educating, and managing to help young adults build skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.

It advises parents, educators, and managers, as well as young adults, on what is important to help produce healthy, independent, self-reliant employees who will thrive on their own. The advice in this book is based on decades of experience in working and consulting with employees, managers, and executives in the business world.


About the Author

Dr. Joanie B. Connell is an organizational consultant, author, and leadership coach who is passionate about helping people maximize their leadership and personal potential. A former engineer, Joanie works especially well with technical leaders to develop people strategies to better manage their teams and build stronger relationships across functions and organizations.

She shares her expertise on how to consult to technical leaders and what it takes to survive in the real world of work in two incredible books. Both books draw from her 20-plus years of experience in the workplace, parenting and engineering experience, and decades of research in academic literature and the media.

Praise for Consulting to Technical Leaders, Teams, and Organizations

This book is rich with thought-provoking and pragmatic insights into consulting with technical leaders, teams, and organizations. Connell skillfully frames her arguments by using evidence-based analysis combined with the applied experience of seasoned practitioners and provides an easy-to-follow and practical guide to effective consulting in the technology industry. A must-read for any consultant working in this highly specialized environment.

Larry W. Norton, PhD
Principal, GeNovo Consulting, LLC, and Clinical Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas

This is a very intelligent book, and it is highly practical. Dr. Connell gives us the big picture about different technical industries and technical leaders, with an in-depth understanding of how they approach their work and under what constraints. Gaining expertise in the unique aspects of technical organizational environments (pharma, biotech, software, health care) will help organizational consultants work more effectively on their clients’ behalf.

Rebecca Turner, PhD
Principal and Founder, Turner Consulting Group LLC, and Professor Emerita, Organizational Psychology Program, California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, CA

As STEM workplaces explode in size, scope, and global reach, their teams and leaders need a new set of skills and capabilities. This book is an essential read for any internal human resources professional, external consultant, or leadership coach looking to help them. It is a perfect blend of insights and actions to help others lead in a decentralized, knowledge-focused work world.

Bill Berman, PhD, ABPP
CEO, Berman Leadership Development, New York, NY

Praise for Flying Without a Helicopter

I recommend Flying Without A Helicopter to people who want to develop the life skills needed to succeed in the corporate world (and their parents) and to leaders who want their companies to succeed.

Daniel Bradbury
CEO & Life Science Consultant

This work is a must read not only for leaders and managers but also for parents and educators who can work together to create balanced individuals who value understanding, collaboration ,and depth and aren’t pressured into taking shortcuts to achieve illusory perfection.

Patent Litigator at Fish & Richardson

To understand differences across generations and leverage the creativity within, you could do no better than to read Connell’s Flying without a Helicopter! A wise read for leaders as well as employees, job seekers, and even parents!

Marshall Goldsmith
NY Times Bestselling Author