About Ron Black
Wisdom is the Art of Making Experience Count
40 Years of Business Adventures and the 10,000 Hour Rule
You're right to consider the question, "What makes Ron the right person to help us achieve our objectives?" In a world with so many self-proclaimed "experts", it's a fair question.
My team leadership, business consulting, and mentoring mojo is simple: I've had the tremendous good fortune to work in scores of industries, with many outstanding experts, doing amazing work, over the course of seven recessions, several major economic shifts, and mind-boggling technology transformations ...and I've picked up a few good ideas along the way.
It started early, before I was licensed to drive I was leading a crew and operating heavy equipment in the family's construction business. At 17 the U.S. Marine Corps helped mold my understanding of the power of shared values, team culture, and mission-focused leadership. And in the decades since, I've refined my business and leadership principles in 9 of my own businesses, as a Fortune 500 VP, as a business startup advisor to over 250 companies, an author of three books, and as an interim turnaround CEO four times.
Some would say I can't hold a job... I prefer to think of it as loving the adventure of working with amazing men and women — to bring out the best in themselves and their teams, to work with what they have, and achieve extraordinary results.
I'll let others define my "expertise" — does it take 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill?
I believe that expertise is not WHAT you think, but HOW you think — to be fearless, open, resilient, collaborative, creative, principled, and unstoppably focused on results. And that every crucial skill seems difficult until you've mastered it — and thereafter, second-nature.
If you find yourself thrust into challenging environments as I have countless times, I've got a few good ideas that can help you and your team make high-performance achievement second-nature... to climb a little higher, take those big scary leaps, and stick your landings!