Emily Axelrod

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Emily Axelrod is a cofounder of the Axelrod Group Inc., a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large-scale organizational change. Her clients include Boeing, British Airways, Chicago Public Schools, Calgary Health Authority, Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Novartis, and the UK’s National Health Service.
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Emily Axelrod provides the following services:

  • employee engagement
  • organization design
  • strategic planning
  • speaking
  • training and coaching
  • sustainability

Emily Axelrod's clients include:

American Management Systems
Bell South Telecommunications
The Boeing Company
British Airways
Chicago Tribune
Cincinnati Bell
Coca Cola
Corning Incorporated
Detroit Edison
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
Erikson Institute
First Union Bank
Ford Motor Company
Harley Davidson
Helene Curtis
Inland Steel
Inova Health Care

John Deere and Company
Kaiser Permanente
Leeds University
Mercy Healthcare Sacramento
Moore Corporation Ltd
Multicare Health System
Naperville District 203 Schools
National Association of Security Dealers
Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
R.R. Donnelley and Sons
Reichold Chemicals
SBC Ameritech
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc.
United Nations Development Fund
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

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"We replaced our stalled change effort, marked by employee withdrawal and resentment, with an Axelrod-coached effort, driven by employee commitment and enthusiasm. The tangible results of this change? Twenty-six supply-chain improvement projects went into high gear, which have netted us millions of dollars in savings. From working with The Axelrod Group, I've learned that when people put their own thumbprint on a change process, selling them on the benefits of the process isn't necessary. They own the work."
Joe Aresto, Director of Supply Chain Management, Detroit Edison

"The Axelrod Group approach is not for the weak of heart. Trusting in the wisdom of your organization takes courage. The results, however, are worth it: deep, sustainable performance improvement delivered by a committed workforce."
Meta Dooley, Vice President, Strategic Development & Business Planning, MultiCare Health System

"For the past five years, we have been able to reverse a downward performance trend, and have gotten back to an average annual growth rate of 18 percent. Much of our success is due to The Axelrod Group's Conference Model® approach. It not only works, but it complements our other management and leadership tools as well."
Mike Freeman, Hewlett-Packard

"I am impressed with Dick Axelrod's directness and honesty. People learn as a result of being in his presence and watching him work with others."
Helen Lingham, Manager, Leadership and Organization Development, Fraser Health Authority, Canada

"I'm lucky. I learned from Dick Axelrod while he sculpted Terms of Engagement, and had the distinct pleasure of using his concepts to guide my work with large groups, as well as to partner with Dick as Empire started on it's quest to be a successful e-business. Now when I have a roomful of bright people, I know how to draw upon their collective wisdom to create better solutions than any of us could have conceived individually. Using Dick's engagement principles, voices emerge, direction takes root, and behavior changes right away."
Scott Gassman, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

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