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Mark Ledden is a consultant and coach who is interested in making different kinds of things visible so that clients can make intentional choices about them. His work, which blends the disciplines of adult developmental psychology, systems dynamics, and business strategy, typically entails building leadership and interpersonal effectiveness by surfacing change immunities and the different types of personal economies that create them. Balancing mindset and “operating system” transformations with highly specific behavioral tactics, he works with clients to first see the values and assumptions that explain their behavior and then to create safe experiments through which they can test the validity of their assumptions and the utility of new actions.
Mark’s doctorate prepared him to be a professor of English Literature, but after a few years of teaching he found himself drawn to the intellectually stimulating but very different world of management consulting. As a communication specialist with McKinsey & Company, Mark learned the fundamentals of strategy, marketing, operations, and organizational transformation. Since leaving McKinsey in 2003, Mark has focused his energies on building his practice as a leadership consultant and directly building businesses as an entrepreneurial executive.
Kenning Associates is itself an important part of Mark’s ongoing work as an entrepreneur and organizational leader. As a founding partner, Mark continues to look for ways to make the firm not only a world-class consultancy but also an experimental community that harnesses business exchanges to create interpersonal and social value as well as profit.
Mark lives in Atlanta with his wife Susan and their three children. He holds a B.A. from Earlham College, a M.Phil. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. Mark is also qualified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DISC, and the Leadership Circle 360.
“Mark brought a depth to our leadership programs that challenged our leaders in unexpected ways. Deep experience and knowledge in strategy, collaboration and systems thinking inform Mark’s work.”
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