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Richard O. Kimball

Richard O. Kimball


Richard O. Kimball, Ph. D., is the Founder of Action Learning Associates and a social psychologist, consultant, and educator. He specializes in the design and delivery of customized programs for leadership and team development. He is noted for his ability to create and facilitate dynamic, high-engagement, learning environments that manage the balance between active participation, meaningful reflection, and application toward business strategy.

Earlier in his career he was a faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs. As a psychologist, he is particularly interested in social and emotional intelligence and the dynamics of executive derailment. He is certified to use a plethora of assessment tools and inventories aimed at helping executives to become more effective leaders.

Dr. Kimball has significant experience and a distinguished track record in working with CEO’s to build alignment and strategic unity with enterprise leadership teams-at-the-top.

In the late 1980’s, he was also a consultant and action-learning coach for General Electric during GE’s Workout and the GE Change Acceleration Program.

Dr. Kimball consults in the areas of individual, team, and organizational development for a global clientele in many different industries. His most recent clients include Mitsubishi, Hasbro, Weyerhaeuser, Dow Chemical, Anglo American, Johnson and Johnson, UBS, Texas Instruments, National Australian Bank Group, Brinker International, McDonalds, and Coca-Cola.

He teaches executive education for a variety of university business schools including Dartmouth’s Tuck School, the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and in South Africa at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS) where he was appointed a GIBS Fellow in 2009.

The International Association for Experiential Education recognized him with its highest honor, the Kurt Hahn Award, for his lifelong contributions to the practice and theory of discovery-oriented, experiential learning. Dr. Kimball was one of the invited contributors to the book, The Future of Executive Development, published in 2006 and he is one of the key thought leaders behind the upcoming 2010 FrED Forum, The Future of Executive Development.

In his personal time, he is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys skiing, hiking, river running, and mountaineering.