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Business Consulting & Coaching

Dr. Edwards has served as a consultant to key contributors from a variety of major companies including:

  • American Airlines
  • Texas Instruments
  • BEA Systems
  • 3M
  • Celanese
  • Cisco
  • KeyBank
  • Perot Systems
  • EDS
  • JC Penney
  • Neiman-Marcus

Dr. Edwards is a business psychologist  with over twenty-five years of working with career management and development issues. He has special expertise in the following areas:

» Assessment and diagnosis of an individual's strengths and limitations using a broad array of testing and clinical savvy.
» Identifying and addressing underlying causes of problematic behavior within individuals and systems.
» Understanding the dynamics of behavioral change (what can change and what cannot) and making constructive change happen.
» Developing the leadership style and interpersonal finesse to produce high-performance teams.

Coaching Impacts

Coached a regional senior-VP (and former CEO) of an international hi-tech company ($18.9 billion in sales) as he transformed an underperforming leadership team into a model within the company. Strategic planning, development of relational finesse and execution of the plan let to dramatic turnaround.
Coached a Fortune 50 CFO through a succession planning process which led to a CEO position.
Coached a highly productive and valued senior-VP in a major retail company (over $3 billion in sales) to identify and adapt the negative aspects of his managerial style that offended and alienated direct reports. the engagement significantly improved team relationships and yielded dramatic bottom line results.
Coached a senior-VP of a major high tech company ($9 billion in sales) through a significant down-sizing project. Strategic issues addressed included reviewing processes for termination and identifying and retaining the talent needed to meet business goals.
Worked with a small business owner to develop a plan to address staffing, cash-flow problems and the business owner's self-management through dramatic seasonal variations in business.
Coached a CEO as he and his company went through a federal anti-trust suit. Goals of the engagement included strategies to manage the impact of the suit on the company and its employees and to support the executive and his family.
Professional Profile

Dr. Edwards concentrates on accelerating the development of high-level executives. He is an expert in understanding human behavior and facilitating constructive behavioral change. He assists executives seeking to gain new competencies, solve specific business challenges, manage the stresses of work, tackle personal issues and transition to a new career position. He has focused on the professional and individual development of CEO's and CFO's, and key leaders from a variety of fields including high tech, diversified financial services and health care.

Dr. Edwards has decades of experience working with professional service firms and their technical professional-lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, scientists, MBA's and consultants. Additionally, he has significant experience working with family-owned businesses, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program (TLAP)

Dr. Edwards has served in cooperation with Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program (TLAP) Director Ann D. Foster, JD, MAC, to meet the needs of lawyers experiencing depression. The nationally acclaimed Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program (TLAP) has evolved from helping lawyers with substance abuse disorders and alcoholism to assisting lawyers, judges and law students with mental health issues. The March 2007 issue of the Texas Bar Journal features articles and information about TLAP, and quotes Dr. Edwards.

Texas Bar Journal, "The Depressed Lawyer  
Read the article from the Texas Bar Journal

Current estimates indicate that anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 lawyers in Texas suffer from substance use disorders or mental health issues affecting their law practices. TLAP can help save the lives of these attorneys. Our work also contributes to the protection of the public, the improvement of the integrity and reputation of the legal profession, and because assistance to an affected lawyer often prevents future ethical violations, and reduction of disciplinary actions.

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