Morrie Shechtman is Chairman of Fifth Wave Leadership, a human capital development firm that works with executives, owner-managers, and other key decision-makers. He has consulted with hundreds of top executives worldwide about managing disruptive change, creating growth-oriented, self-sustaining corporate cultures, and developing leaders who broadly and deeply impact both bottom line results and quality of life. A highly sought after speaker, he has lectured on the connection between personal and professional transformation, and productivity, to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Australia, India and New Zealand.
Morrie has authored two books - Working Without A Net: How To Survive And Thrive In Today'sHigh Risk Business World and Fifth Wave Leadership: The InternalFrontier that examines the close connection between personal growth, bottom line profitability and stakeholder value. He has also co-authored a third book along with his wife and business partner Arleah: Love In The Present Tense:How To Have a High Intimacy,Low Maintenance Marriage.
In terms ofhis professional background, he has been a university professor; a psychotherapist in hospital and private practice; a consultant to government, education, and law enforcement; and the chairman of a private sector consulting firm. He has, in addition, been a national policy advisor to the United States House of Representatives Leadership Council; a visiting lecturer for The Conference Board; and a guest lecturer for the WorldBank's "WorldEconomic Summit." His business clients have included Hewlett-Packard, The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, McGraw-Hill, Time Warner, Allianz Life, United Technologies, andT he Young Presidents Organization.
Of course, his achievements are not nearly as important as the results his clients enjoy. Morrie works with companies to help them clarify and acton core values, which ultimately serve to create a tangible and unified culture. After this self-discovery phase, he moves onto the critical elements of relationships, commitment and accountability. His goal is to create a company filled with employees who have the capacity for self-analysis and adaptive learning. Such companies-characterized by increased productivity, open and honest communication, and a willingness to eliminate dysfunctional behaviors-have a remarkable advantage in today's high-risk business environment.
Morrie has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a certifcate in cross-cultural studies from Leeds University in England. Additionally, he has a master's degree in cultural history from the University of Chicago, and he received his psychotherapy training and credentials from the University of Illinois. When he was in clinical practice, he achieved board certifcation for private practice.