Larry began his research and direct consultation with high-performance individuals, teams and corporations while a faculty member at the University of Chicago. In addition to teaching, Larry was involved in the creation of the University’s first public policy program and helped establish its first non-profit MBA program.
Larry has been quoted, or his work described, in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other leading newspapers and magazines, and he has appeared on numerous national news shows. He has been a featured speaker at corporate meetings and written and appeared in corporate and commercial videos on topics such as holding productive meetings, high-performance teamwork, and creating and managing corporate change.
His clients have included 3M, Allied Signal, Bank of America, Bechtel, BP, Brinker International and GE. He has also consulted with professional service companies, associations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, in addition to industries ranging from nuclear power to hospitality.
At the request of a corporate client, Larry spent two years as COO of Illinois’ Central Management Services (CMS) agency. During that period, most of the business functions (e.g. procurement) of the major state agencies were consolidated into CMS. The agency grew from about $2.5B to over $20B and reduced total state costs by millions of dollars. Similar consolidations have now been executed in other states and CMS has won national awards for its process.
Larry holds a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.