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Joe Folkman


Joe Folkman is co-founder and president of Zenger Folkman, a firm specializing in leadership and organizational development. As one of the nation’s renowned psychometricians, his extensive expertise focuses on survey research and change management. He has more than 30 years of experience, consulting with some of the world’s most prestigious and successful organizations. In 2021, he was honored with ATD’s Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development award.

As distinguished expert in the field of measurement, his unique surveys and assessments are designed using a database of over a million assessments on 110,000 leaders. Because these tools specifically address critical business results, facilitating development and change is the focus of measurement efforts. Joe has had engagements with clients such as AT&T, Celgene, General Motors, General Mills, Reed-Elsevier, Invesco, Wells Fargo, MUFG, and Yale University.

Joe’s research has been published in publications including, The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Training and Development magazine. He is the author or co-author of nine books: Turning Feedback Into Change, Making Feedback Work, Employee Surveys That Make a Difference, The Extraordinary Leader, The Handbook for Leaders, The Power of Feedback, The Inspiring Leader, How to Be Exceptional and his latest endeavor SPEED—How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution.

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