Joseph R. Folkman

Biography

Joe Folkman is co-founder and President of Zenger Folkman, a firm that utilizes evidence-driven, strengths-based methods to improve organizations and the people within them. He is a respected authority on assessment and change, and an acclaimed keynote speaker at conferences and seminars the world over. His topics focus on a variety of subjects related to leadership, feedback, and individual and organizational change.

As one of the nation's renowned psychometricians, his extensive expertise focuses on survey research and change management. He has over 30 years of experience, consulting with some of the world's most prestigious and successful organizations. His unique measurement tools are designed utilizing a database comprised of over a half million assessments on almost 50,000 leaders. Because these tools specifically address critical business results, facilitating development and change is the main focus of measurement efforts.

Joe's research has received placement in several publications including The Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly, Training and Development Magazine, and Executive Excellence.

A distinguished expert in the field of survey design and data analysis, Joe consults with organizations large and small, public and private. He has had engagements with clients such as AT&T, Boeing, ConocoPhillips, CIBC, General Mills, Hunt Consolidated, Koch Industries, Marathon Oil, Nortel, Fidelity, First American, Reed-Elsevier, Safeway, Thomson Reuters, US Navy, UCSD, Wells Fargo and Weyerhaeuser.

Prior to forming Zenger Folkman, Joe was a founding partner of Novations Group, Inc., where he led the employee survey and 360 assessment practices. Joe holds a doctorate in Social and Organizational Psychology, as well as a master's degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.

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  • Image of Webinar: How to Be Exceptional

    Webinar: How to Be Exceptional

    By Joseph R. Folkman, John H. Zenger
    Item #: CNF0113D
    In this Soundview Live webinar, How to Be Exceptional, the leadership gurus of ZengerFolkman provide a revolutionary approach to leadership development. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses and how to overcome them, they focus on your strengths — and how to build them.
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    How to Be Exceptional

    By Robert H. Sherwin, Jr., Barbara A. Steel, John H. Zenger, Joseph R. Folkman
    Item #: 3508
    To be exceptional as a leader requires a revolutionary approach to leadership development. In How to Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success by Magnifying Your Strengths, John H. Zenger, Joseph R. Folkman, Robert H. Sherwin, Jr., and Barbara A. Steel instruct leaders to focus not on their weaknesses but on their strengths and how to magnify them. An exceptional leader can increase employee engagement, productivity and profitability. These leadership gurus can show you how.
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  • Image of Webinar: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

    Webinar: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

    By Scott Edinger, Joseph R. Folkman, John H. Zenger
    Item #: CNF1009A
    This Soundview Live webinar presents Zenger, Folkman, and Edinger discussing the most important ideas from their book, The Inspiring Leader. Zenger-Folkman research shows that leaders who possess the ability to inspire and motivate outperform all others. In this webinar you will learn the strategies and concepts used by the world’s greatest leaders to motivate their teams and how to put those strategies to work in your own business. You’ll also discover how to harness the power of emot
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    The Inspiring Leader

    By Scott Edinger, John H. Zenger, Joseph R. Folkman
    Item #: 3122
    The impact of inspiration and motivating others is consistent across different kinds of organizations and within different cultures. The Inspiring Leader reveals the newest research on how top leaders inspire teams to greatness, It discusses the behaviors exhibited by the most successful leaders and includes advice on how to implement them.
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    The Extraordinary Leader

    By Joseph R. Folkman, John H. Zenger
    Item #: 30TTFS
    For too long, the subject of effective leadership has been shrouded in fog and ambiguity. This summary removes the shroud to reveal leadership as a skill, one that can be consciously learned and developed by anyone. It identifies the competencies necessary for effective leadership by analyzing the responses of tens of thousands of work force members as they describe, in effect, "What makes a great leader?" Two of today's pre-eminent leadership experts analyze the answers and provide a
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