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Agile Talent

Norm Smallwood

Norm Smallwood is a recognized authority in developing businesses and their leaders to deliver results and increase value. His current work focuses on building distinctive and integrated organization, leadership, and people capabilities that measurably impact market value. In 2000, Norm co-founded The RBL Group with Dave Ulrich.

Norm is co-author of eight books: Real-Time Strategy, Results-Based Leadership, How Leaders Build Value, Change Champions Field Guide, Leadership Brand, Leadership Code, Leadership Sustainability and Agile Talent. He has published more than a hundred articles in leading journals and newspapers including Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Forbes and Financial Times and has contributed chapters and Forewords to multiple books.

Norm has been a frequent blogger at HBR Online where his blog on Personal Leader Brand was highlighted as one of ten most read that year. The Harvard Business Review has recognized Norm in an ad for the magazine as doing “innovative and ground-breaking work on effective leadership.”

Norm was a faculty member in executive education at the University of Michigan in the Ross School of Management between 2001 and 2003.Prior to co-founding the RBL Group, Norm was a founding partner of The Novations Group, Inc. where he led business strategy, organization capability and design projects for a wide variety of clients spanning multiple industries and geographies. He started his career as an organization development professional at Procter and Gamble in a start up business in Georgia and with Esso Resources in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Norm and his wife Tricia enjoy their children and grandchildren as well as their wide variety of pets including two Great Danes, three cats and a school of koi fish.