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Meet Neil Samuels

A respected coach, mentor, and innovative thinker, Neil has successfully worked with leaders at all levels for nearly 30 years. He has demonstrated value in helping senior leaders develop themselves, their teams, and their organizations as they navigate through complex, large-scale change. His consulting and leadership development experience spans six continents and a wide range of businesses and sectors – from Architecture, R&D, Sales and Marketing, and Cruise Lines, to Offshore Oil Production, Government, Education, and Financial Investing. He has also held senior Organizational Development positions in BP .

Neil has an advanced degree in organization development from Pepperdine University where he served as adjunct faculty in the Graziadio School of Business and Management. He has published in the US and UK in The OD Practitioner, Managing Schools Today,  the AI Practitioner, and the American Society of Safety Engineers, and has presented his work at The Academy of Management ,  The International Conference on Appreciative Inquiry and the National Safety Council Congress.

Building on a foundation of Appreciative Inquiry, Neil is most often called upon to engage and support senior leaders and their teams through transition. In fundamentally changing their conversations to bring about the lasting change they seek, he has enabled his clients to successfully transform not only their leadership but also their entire organizations. Perhaps you would like to learn more about how Neil, and Profound Conversations, can support your leadership and organization through your challenges? We are always open for a conversation and look forward to hearing from you.

Publications and Presentations

  • Safety Conversations: Catching Drift and Weak Signals: Professional Safety: January 2015
  • Mindful Conversations for Relationship-Based Safety: Presentation at the National Safety Council Congress: September, 2014
  • Relationship-Based Safety: Getting Below the Waterline for Next Step Performance: Presentation at the Bay Area Safety Symposium; March, 2014
  • Diversity, Inclusion and the Ladder of Inference: In: Handbook of Strategic HR; p. 147-152; American Management Association; 2012
  • The Appreciative Governance Summit: Creating the Social Architecture for Engagement, Innovation, and Productivity: Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner: May 2012 (with Bernard Mohr)
  • Our Journey: Reflections on our Collaboration Studio: Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner: November 2011
  • On Human Capacity: Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner: November 2011 (with Joan Hoxsey, Sallie Lee, and Cheri Torres)
  • Organization Design Principles for Appreciative Governance: Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner: November 2011 (with Cheri Torres)
  • Strength-Based Assessment for Individual and Team Development: OD Practitioner Vol. 42 No. 3, (with Joan Hoxsey) 2010
  • AI and Strengths in Whole School Transformation: Presentation at Putting Happiness and Well-Being at the Heart of Education Conference; Wellington College, October 1010
  • Co-editor, May, 2010 Issue of Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner
  • Brilliant! The Heathside School Story: A Case Study of Whole School Transformation using Appreciative Inquiry: Kingsham Press Ltd., U.K.: July, 2009
  • Intergenerational Dialogue in Schools: School Board Chairman Reflects on his Student Interview and the Impact of Whole School Inquiry: Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner: May 2009
  • Developing Outstanding Leadership Teams at BP: Linkages Best of OD Summit: May 2007 (Presented with the President of BP Alaska)
  • A Conversational Model for Organizational Change: Linkages Best of OD Summit: May, 2006
  • Appreciative Inquiry in Small Organizations: Linkages Best of OD Summit: May, 2006
  • A Viral Approach to Creating an Appreciative Organization at BP: Presentation at the Second International Conference on Appreciative Inquiry; Miami, Florida; September, 2004
  • Positive Change Corps: An Example of Appreciative Organizing: Presentation at the Second International Conference on Appreciative Inquiry; Miami, Florida; September, 2004
  • Accelerating Strategy Implementation at BP: “Fresh Air” from an AI Summit: Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner; February 2004 (with Bernard Mohr and Clare Wale)
  • The Heathside Story- A Whole Systems Appreciative Approach to Strategic Planning: Presentation at the Case Western Reserve University Conference on Strength-Based Whole Systems Change in Education: Cleveland, Ohio; November 2003
  • Diversity, Inclusion and the Ladder of Inference: OD Practitioner; 2003.
  • Applying Strength Based Whole Systems Change in a New Frontier- pre K-12 Schools: Midwest Academy of Management Conference; St. Louis; 2003.
  • Changing the Way We Change at Heathside School; Managing Schools Today; U.K.; 2002.
  • Appreciative Approach to Change: Presentation to the US Navy Postgraduate School; Monterey, California; 2002