For more than twenty-five years Ralph provided innovative solutions for Fortune 50 organizations as well as emerging growth companies in a wide variety of industries. For the last seventeen years he has been the Principal of The Leader's Toolbox and Synthesis Consulting, Inc. He has held executive Human Resource positions with Medtronic, Crosfield Dicomed, and General Growth Center Companies.
Ralph has written extensively in the areas of leadership and organization change. His book, Leading for a Change: How to Master the Five Challenges Faced by Every Leader, published in 2000, was named one of the top business books by mgeneral.com. The book created the framework to build The Leader's Toolbox® methodology. He has contributed to The Change Champion's Field Guide, and published articles in The American Management Association's, MWorld, American Executive, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, and American College of Physicians Executive journal.
In 2005, 2007 & 2008, Ralph was recognized by Leadership Excellence magazine as one of the top ten leadership developers in the country. He was also recognized by the magazine in 2005 as providing one of the most innovative leadership development solutions.
Ralph has served as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas for more than ten years. He has taught in the Executive MBA program and is currently teaching in the Physician's Leadership College.
Ralph has been a featured speaker at numerous professional conferences. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and the World Wide Association of Business Coaches.
Ralph received the American Express Quality Award for his consulting work. He was an examiner for the Minnesota Quality Award. He holds advanced degrees in psychology and human resources from The Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota.
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