The Secret Sauce: The Authors
Kevin G. Ford
Principal | TAG Consulting
Kevin Ford is a Principal at TAG Consulting and was the company’s founding President. INC Magazine lists TAG among America’s fastest growing companies, ranked in the top 100 in their industry. Kevin’s expertise includes strategic planning, organizational development, market research, and leadership development. Kevin received the 2002 National Leadership Award (awarded by a U.S. congressional committee) and he served as the Honorary Chairman of the Business Advisory Council for Virginia that same year.
Kevin’s last book was The Leadership Triangle co-authored with Ken Tucker. Here is what Stephen M. R. Covey had to say about this pivotal new book: “The Leadership Triangle effectively illustrates how the role of the ‘transformational leader’ is increasingly important in today’s world. No longer can we afford to lead with a one-size-fits-all mentality and expect to succeed or contribute on a professional/personal basis. This terrific book offers clear and precise “options” that a leader can choose in order to successfully transform their organization to meet the challenges of these uncertain times. It also provides many insightful examples from key leaders who model these concepts themselves. “The result is a powerful read.” -Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The New York Times and # 1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Speed of Trust.
Transforming Church was released by Tyndale House Publishers in 2007 with the paperback version released by David C. Cook the fall of 2008. This book has served thousands of pastors, seminary professors, and church leaders for many years. Prior to that, he co-authored The Thing in the Bushes… Turning Organizational Blind Spots into Competitive Advantage (Pinon Press, 2001, foreword by Bill Pollard, Chairman Emeritus of ServiceMaster, Director of Herman Miller and PepsiCo). Steve Reinemund, CEO of Pepsico, said “this book will change your view of yourself and your organization”. This book was in the top .04% of sales on Amazon in 2002.
In addition to being a best-selling author, Kevin has facilitated the development of over 400 strategic plans throughout North America. He was the senior consultant for the Redesign of the U.S. Army Staff — the largest employer in the nation. He works with large organizations such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the Salvation Army, as well as small businesses, churches, and non-profits. As a researcher, Kevin has provided tools, surveys, and software systems that are in use throughout North America.
Kevin has been quoted extensively in the press and has appeared on dozens of business-related television and radio programs. Interviews and quotes have included the Washington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Entrepreneur, Management Review, Employment Review, Business Week, Financial Services Marketing, Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive, and HR Today. Kevin earned a BA from the University of North Carolina and his Master of Divinity from Regent College at the University of British Columbia.
Kevin has spoken publicly to thousands of people around the world and is in constant demand as a facilitator and speaker for various corporations and organizations. He has led CEO Roundtables with Jim Collins and Margaret Wheatley and was a speaker at the 2002 YPO Aspen gathering with Herb Kelleher (Southwest Airlines Chairman), John Huey (Time Magazine Editor), and Jerry Greenwald (former United Airlines CEO). Kevin was one of ten featured speakers at the 2002 Organizational Development Summit with Peter Senge and Phil Harkins.
Senior Partner | TAG Consulting
Jim Osterhaus is a Senior Partner with TAG Consulting. He is a dynamic executive coach and public speaker with extensive experience in helping individuals move through change, conflict, and reorganization. He brings a depth of understanding of systems and relational network thinking to his work developed from years practicing as a highly respected psychologist in Northern Virginia in addition to consulting. His experience includes a special commission established by the Vice President of the United States to consider the emotional effects of government downsizing, facilitation of the “Organizational Culture” component of the Army Staff Redesign, and workshop development and implementation for clients from the East Coast to the West Coast. He has worked extensively with the FAA, coaching managers and leading workshops and seminars on various aspects of leadership. He was recently interviewed by Sam Donaldson (ABC News) as a leading expert in organizational issues. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, and many other leading publications.
He has facilitated groups and taught seminars in numerous settings including the University of San Francisco and American University. He has also taught graduate level classes on four continents on various subjects ranging from organizational systems, to communication and conflict management. Jim has authored eight books and written articles for magazines and trade journals around the country. His latest book, Thriving Through Ministry Conflict, appeared in September, 2005. He co-authored with Kevin Ford The Thing in the Bushes: Turning Organizational Blind Spots into Competitive Advantage (Pinon Press). This book was listed among Amazon’s top 900 in sales in June 2002 and was featured by Bill Hybels in Willow Creek’s leadership conference as one of the 10 best leadership books of that year. He also co-authored Red Zone/Blue Zone: Turning Conflict Into Opportunity with Joe Jurkowski and Todd Hahn
Jim has demonstrated achievement as an entrepreneur and has the unique ability to bring a group of people to a deep sense of personal ownership. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from American University and degrees in counseling from Virginia Tech and Catholic University.