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LEADERSHIP isn’t the same as MANAGEMENT.
A GROUP of PEOPLE isn’t the same as a TEAM.

Practical Magic for Achieving “Impossible” Results!

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Kimberly Wiefling helps organizations achieve what SEEMS impossible, but is merely difficult.

DEEP EXPERIENCE with JAPANESE COMPANIES: Kimberly has been working in Japan nearly every month for the past 8 years. She writes a monthly column for ALC Press’s Japan-based “English Journal”, and her first book, Scrappy Project Management, was translated into Japanese by Nikkei Business Press.

A TECHNOLOGIST with HUMAN SKILLS: A physicist by education, she realized long ago the limits of technology devoid of human skills – the so-called “touchy feely” aspects of working in teams so vital to success, and so frequently overlooked.

BUSINESS RESULTS FOCUSED: Kimberly facilitates highly engaging organizational change and team effectiveness workshops based on what she calls her “Possibilities Toolbox”. Her intensive behavior-changing “learning laboratories”, which she playfully refers to as “workshocks”, directly translate into business results. Her latest book, “Inspired Business Cultures – Discover Your DNA, Engage Your People, and Design Your Future” will be published in the summer of 2014.

SPECIALIZING in CROSS-FUNTIONAL AND CROSS CULTURAL TEAMS: Kimberly has worked globally with people from every corporate function, and from over 50 different countries. Her clients include many well-known global brands in diverse industries.

MAKING a DIFFERENCE: Kimberly is passionate about making a meaningful difference by working with organizations, individuals and teams committed to solving the problems of Our World – profitably and thus sustainably.

 

Wiefling Consulting enables individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult, through transformational change. Knowing “how” changes nothing! ACTION is the key to changed business results. Kimberly deftly helps you and your team cross the knowing-doing gap and deliver unprecedented results.

We are your partner in globalization – expanding your business by enabling your cross-functional, cross-cultural GROUP to become a truly effective TEAM.

Meet Kimberly Wiefling, Global Business Leadership Consultant, Internationally Published Author, Transformational Facilitator and Coach, and Force of Nature . . . the GOOD kind!

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As a leader, if you don’t have contagious enthusiasm, whatever you DO have is ALSO contagious! KIMBERLY WIEFLING could possibly be the most enthusiastic leader of the 21st century. The founder and principal of Wiefling Consulting. Kimberly’s philosophy in a nutshell: “Business leaders need not choose between enabling a highly profitable business and a high quality of life for their people. My work enables effective leadership and program management strategies that are proven to increase productivity, deliver as much as 30% greater profitability, increase customer delight, and dramatically improve the quality of life for both leaders and their people.” Maybe it’s time to infect your company with the “Kimberly virus”! Working with Kimberly gives you access to what seems impossible, but is merely difficult.  (Download Bio)

KEYS TO SUCCESS

  • Engaged Employees –> Agile Teams
  • Agile Management (Fast, Focused, Flexible) wins in a VUCA World.
  • Diverse Global Teams Win – Crossing Borders and Boundaries of Every Kind

Kimberly’s superpower is to help organizations achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult. The secret to success? It isn’t secret! But it does take discipline, and a bit of guidance and support. The best compliment anyone ever paid me is that I’m a “force of nature” (the good kind!).

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT is the result of PURPOSEFUL WORK in an environment of TRUST, not free lunches and other perks. What’s more meaningful than making a positive difference to Our World?! What is the future of our Planet Earth? Will governments solve our most pressing problems? Personally, I strongly believe that our best hope for the future lies in helping global companies solve our problems – profitably, and thus sustainably. That’s why my colleagues and I work with global business teams – to solve important problems that seem impossible, but are merely difficult. As an active advisor to “Inspired Business Cultures“, I continue to deepen my understanding about how to design and develop great organizations that attract and retain passionate people.

GLOBAL TEAMS: We help “groups of people” rapidly become “true teams” by building trust and tackling challenges worthy of them, so that they can achieve what would be impossible for any individual acting alone. And we help these teams accelerate their progress by applying common sense principles proven effective globally in the real business world. Plus, we make it fun. Bonus!

DNA_WorkshopOUR CLIENTS: I mainly consult with Silicon Valley companies and globalizing Japanese companies in the Global 1000 companies, facilitating intensive global leadership workshops for cross-cultural teams.

OUR WORK: Includes keynote speaking, consulting, coaching, and facilitating leadership, creativity, innovation, team effectiveness, project management, and execution excellence workshops.

Change has never been as simple as taking a class or learning information. If it were, no one would smoke! As discussed in the book “Change the Culture, Change the Game”:

EXPERIENCE –> BELIEFS –> ACTIONS –> RESULTS

If you want to change the results you are getting you must change the beliefs that your people hold, and that is done through changes the experiences they have. That’s why our work focuses on highly engaging, experiential workshops that change mindset, and lead to more effective actions and new futures.

Are you getting the results you want?

Whatever results you are getting, I guarantee you that the system is perfectly designed to deliver these results. Here’s an example:

“In any economic climate, the ability to attract and retain talented people is one of the greatest advantages any company can possess. My purpose is to transform the leading workplaces of this Valley into thriving, abundant and life-affirming communities that enable us to work in our right livelihoods, sustain us abundantly, and contribute to the greater good of the community in which we live. By so doing I believe that we will create a competitive advantage that cannot be duplicated.”

Methodology

If you want an ordinary, safe, politically correct consultant . . . look elsewhere!  Kimberly will challenge you.  Kimberly uses all of her energy and creativity to enable you to achieve the business results you need.  These videos give you a dose of her style. If these are too wild and intense for you, you sure won’t want to hire her – 90% of people won’t, but those who do WILL succeed!

Bio

 

Kimberly Wiefling is a proven expert in enabling people to achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult.  Sheis the author of one of the top project management books in the US, Scrappy Project Management – The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls Every Project Faces, a book growing in popularity around the world, and recently published in Japanese by Nikkei Business Press.  She is the founder of Wiefling Consulting, LLC, a global leadership and business management consulting firm.  She currently spends about half of her time working with high-potential leaders in Japanese companies, facilitating leadership, innovation and execution excellence workshops to enable Japanese companies to solve global problems profitably.

A physicist by education, and a successful business leadership and project management consultant for the past 9 years, she began her professional career working for 10 years at HP in product development project management and engineering leadership. She spent 5 years in the wild and wacky world of Silicon Valley startups, including a Xerox Parc spinoff where she was the VP of Program Management.  In 2001 she rose from the ashes of the dot-com bust, launched her consulting practice, and never looked back.

In typical Silicon Valley style, Kimberly has helped to start, run and grow a dozen small businesses.  Several of the startups that she co-founded are still in business and profitable.

Kimberly’s clients include companies like Cisco Systems, Symantec, Intuit, HP, Agilent Technologies, Mazda, Daiichi Sankyo, Dow Corning Toray, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the University of California, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Siemens, Hitachi, Alcoa, Xerox PARC, NECsoft, NTT DoCoMo, and many more.

Kimberly is an advisor to the “Inspired Business Cultures Corporation“.

Over 5000 people have viewed the hysterical video documenting the final phase of completing her book.  She’s obsessed with collaboration, and you can reach her via email at kimberly@wiefling.com

Kimberly is contributing to making the world a better place in a number of ways.  She’s the business advisor for Ice911 and the co-chair of the SVForum Engineering Leadership Special Interest Group (EL SIG).  She’s supporting micro-finance for entrepreneurs throughout the world via Kiva, where she has personally funded over 300 loans, and she supports the economic independence and business contributions of women around the world because she believes that this is the most effective way raise the quality of life for all people.

 

Notable Highlights Along the Journey

Kimberly has been an invited presenter with the Humphrey Fellows at UC Santa Cruz for 3 years. The Humphrey Fellowship is a prestigious and highly competitive international education program. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia to the United States at a midpoint in their careers for a year of study and related professional experiences. The Program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting productive partnerships and relationships between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.

stanford_sealKimberly has been an invited speaker at the Stanford University “Engineering and Climate Change” course, created and taught by Dr. Leslie Field, founder of Ice911. Her talk, “How to Achieve What Seems Impossible, But is Merely Difficult”, has been one of the highest rated of all the guest lectures each semester, and Dr. Field says that he an immediate and sustained positive impact on the students’ participation.

Kimberly was the founding blogger of SVProjectmanagement.com, and among the first people to be paid to blog during the birth of blogging on the internet.

Kimberly is the founding co-chair of the SVForum Engineering Leadership special Interest Group, a professional association committed to bridging technical professionals to leadership roles.

Since 2009 Kimberly has been a partner, advisor, and co-conspirator with Dr. Jerry Wagner in launching the following projects in support of healthy workplace cultures:

Credentials

  • M.S., Physics, Case Western Reserve University
  • B.S., Physics & Chemistry, Wright State University
  • Project Management Certificate, UC Ext. Santa Cruz
  • Coaching training: ITM Coaching, Enneagram, and “The Thinking Environment.”
  • USAF Certificate in Electronics
  • CBEST 2002
  • ALC Education Global Management Consulting Group Program Leader
  • UC Santa Cruz Faculty
    • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows Program Instructor
    • Management Institute of Leadership Excellence (MILE) Module Leader
    • Project Management Certificate Program
    • Corporate Program
    • English Language International Program

Kimberly’s Extensive Experience Includes:

Outride, Inc. As VP of Program Management at Outride, a Xerox PARC spin off, she established a life-affirming culture with zero-turnover, and was recognized for exemplary people treatment during an all hands layoff.

Omix, Inc. As VP of Process Excellence at OMIX, a leading designer and developer of robust, scaleable, secure e-Business solutions for the internet, she led the company through a turnaround during a challenging economic downturn.

ReplayTV, Inc. As Senior Program Manager, she led the entire cross-functional product development team, including hardware, software, marketing, and operations, to a successful launch of their first retail consumer electronics product co-branded with Panasonic. Her leadership established the foundation for company-wide product lifecycle best practices. Candescent Technologies Corporation As program manager at Candescent Technologies, developer of novel flat panel displays, she led a strategically important joint development team with Sony.

Hewlett-Packard, Inc. Kimberly spent 10 years with Hewlett-Packard where her contributions included:

  • R&D Program Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineering Manager
  • Product Development Alliance Liaison
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Team Process Facilitator and Quality Coach
  • Product Lifecycle Process Development Lead
  • Field Service Installation & Repair Engineer

I slept and dreamed that life was joy,
I awoke and saw that life was duty,
I acted, and behold duty was joy.
Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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