Richard Howells has been a practicing management consultant for 30 years. He has held executive leadership positions and served as Director of Organization Development for an Oregon-based insurance company. He consulted for six years as a principal with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). In 2000, Richard founded his own management consulting practice in Portland, Oregon, actively collaborating with clients and colleagues on various large-scale change projects.
The heart of Richard’s work is consulting with executive teams, aligning on business strategy, developing the ownership of senior managers, and mobilizing employees. Early in his career, Richard learned the truth of the adage: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” This led him to understand the systemic nature of change, and the importance of shifting culture along with behaviors. He also learned that by addressing complex, adaptive challenges, he could help clients achieve the highest levels of performance breakthroughs.
Recently, Richard has focused on the challenges of executing strategy, and provides an array of skills, methods and software to help clients align on annual strategic initiatives, build performance agreements with key staff, improve communications, surface emerging breakdowns, track progress, and give clients real-time reports and “actionable intelligence” about implementation of strategy and achievement of goals.
- Allstate Insurance
- Iowa Electric Services
- Illinois Power
- NASA (Lockheed-Martin)
- Cadence Design Systems
- Liberty Northwest (Insurance)
- BP (energy)
- Pierce Transit
- Marylhurst University
Read What Our Clients Say About Richard:
“I have known and worked with Richard for several years. He has facilitated a number of complicated board discussions with great success. He fosters trust, good dialogue, honest interaction, and effective results. I value Richard’s incredible planning skills, ability to effectively engage high level executives and managers, and extraordinary talent in producing quality products and results. He has served as a change agent for our agency and is respected and appreciated by all who have worked with him in our agency.”
CEO, Pierce Transit, Tacoma, Washington
“Through the work of Richard Howells and the famous ‘knock down the walls’ meeting, we brought our new product to market in record time. I will remember this work as one of the top three experiences of my career.”
Occidental Chemical, Dallas, Texas
“Richard is a strategic-thinker and a fantastic partner to Marylhurst University. Using an inclusive and highly-effective visioning process, Richard guided us in developing a long-term strategic vision that is fueling our transformation to high-quality learning for our students — adult learners.”
President, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon
“The heart of my work is consulting with executive teams, helping them align on strategy, developing the ownership of senior managers, and engaging/mobilizing all employees. I love to uncover and help build on strengths that already exist in the organization, rather than focusing on what is wrong.”