Hi, I’m Jeffrey Ford, an expert on change management and personal leadership effectiveness. As a Professor Emeritus of Management in the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, I design and teach MBA, EMBA, and executive education courses on leadership and change management. I am the author, along with my wife Laurie, of two books:
Deadline Busting: How to be a Star Performer in Your Organization (iUniverse, 2005) provides 85 practical proven tips on being more personally effective at work. This book has been called “the best desktop coach I know of for coaching on maintaining your integrity and in honing your leadership skills” by Michael Jensen, Jessie Isidor Strauss Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School.
The Four Conversations: Daily Communication that Gets Results (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) identifies four conversations that underlie personal leadership and managmeent effectiveness and was awarded the Best Management Book of 2009 by 800-CEO-READ. Both of these books are used in my classes.
I hold a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, an M.B.A. from Ohio State, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Ohio State. Prior to joining the Fisher College of Business, I served on the faculties of Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey and the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. My articles on leadership and change management have been published in numerous academic journals as well as Harvard Business Review and Organizational Dynamics. Copies of some of articles are available here.