Dean Anderson is CEO and co-founder of Being First, Inc., a change leadership development and transformational change consulting, training and publishing firm. Mr. Anderson coaches and consults to executives and senior consultants of Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and large non-profit organizations.
Mr. Anderson is known as a masterful change strategist, insightful speaker and author, and no-nonsense trainer. As a change strategist, he assists clients to design and implement transformational change that simultaneously delivers breakthrough results, increases organizational change capability and change capacity, and establishes a high performing, co-creative organizational culture that unleashes the human potential in the organization. His training specialty is developing leaders and consultants into conscious and competent change leaders who can intelligently lead their organization through the challenges of complex transformational change. Jim Kouzes, best-selling author of The Leadership Challenge, calls Mr. Anderson and his partner, Linda Ackerman Anderson, “the leading authorities on change leadership and organization transformation.”
Dean has co-authored two cutting edge books with Linda Ackerman Anderson, Beyond Change Management: How to Achieve Breakthrough Results through Conscious Change Leadership and The Change Leader’s Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Organization’s Transformation. Both are now in their second editions; first editions were best-sellers in the Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer Organization Practitioner Series. Daryl Conner, leading authority on organizational change, says these books were “written by masters of transformation.” The industry journal, The Organization Development Practitioner, calls the Andersons’ change process methodology that is the basis of their books “the most comprehensive and the most immediately usable of all approaches available.”
Mr. Anderson has co-authored over 50 articles on personal and organizational transformation. His writing provides insight about success and failure factors in organizational change, leadership modeling, change strategy, and change process design, stakeholder engagement and change communications, employee resistance and commitment, corporate culture change, and catalyzing human potential for optimal performance.
Mr. Anderson’s insight into personal transformation and the inner dynamics of high performing people, teams and organizations began at an early age as a national champion swimmer: Dean was the first ten year old boy in the world to ever break a minute in the one hundred yard freestyle, and the first twelve year old to ever break two minutes for the two hundred yard freestyle. On this foundation of elite performance, in 1980 right out of graduate school at Stanford University, Mr. Anderson founded the Optimal Performance Institute (OPI), where he taught high performing executives, world class athletes and performing artists how to manage their internal states of mind to optimize their external performance. His Optimal Performance Training, one of the early innovative self-empowerment and personal change programs delivered in organizations, provides the framework for Being First’s current leading edge Self Mastery Trainings. His original curriculum at OPI produced hundreds of successful executives as well as Olympic champions.
Mr. Anderson is the co-developer of Being First’s renowned change process methodology, The Change Leader’s Roadmap, and is the co-author of Being First’s comprehensive set of organizational change tools. He created Being First’s leadership breakthrough training, Leading Breakthrough Results: Walking the Talk of Change, and is the central developer of The Co-Creating System™ for optimizing personal and organizational results. He was also the central developer of the Co-Creative Partnering and Team Development processes. Mr. Anderson’s current passion is helping senior executives and teams overcome their predilection to command and control so they can become more “co-creative” and lead and build co-creative cultures and organizations.
Mr. Anderson co-authors the industry blog at www.changeleadersnetwork.com/blog, and is currently working on two books, Optimizing: How to Manage Your Mind for Optimal Performance, Fulfillment, and Behavior Change, and Big Win: How to Co-Create an Organization, Team, Relationship, and World that Works.
Mr. Anderson received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Stanford University, where he was an All-American swimmer and water polo player.
His hobbies include fly fishing, river rafting, hiking, gardening, pretending he can play the guitar, and drumming. He lives between two wilderness ranches in Southwest Colorado. The most important treasures in his life are his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Terra.