Who is Jeffrey Beeson? A Biography + Interview

Jeffrey Beeson, MBA/MA

Jeffrey Beeson studied economics at Haverford College (Pennsylvania) and graduated with distinction in 1981. Haverford College is known as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the U.S. Fewer than 5% of students graduate with distinction. During his college studies he spent a year at the University of Tübingen (Germany).

Becoming an experienced management consultant with a focus on strategy development

After receiving his college degree, Jeffrey Beeson worked as an economist for Chase Econometrics Associates (Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania). While working there he developed econometric data management and simulation software which was used by the European Macro-Forecasting Department. He also compiled macroeconomic forecasts for selected European countries. With this professional experience under his belt, Beeson returned to the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). In 1987 he obtained an MBA at the Wharton School of Business (majoring in corporate management and finance) and an MA at the Lauder Institute of International Management (focusing on Europe/Germany).

After his graduate studies, Beeson joined management consultancy Bain & Company (Munich), where he was responsible for planning and executing projects with a corporate strategy focus.

Developing a deeper understanding of the link between strategy and leadership

In 1996 Jeffrey Beeson began to work independently as a consultant specializing in strategy, organizational development, intercultural communication and individual management coaching. He helped the management of a German company in the environmental sector align its organization to a common strategic line on the basis of numerous face-to-face interviews and group sessions. It was at this time that Beeson began to redirect his focus toward leadership. Among the firms he worked for in a freelance capacity was Senn Delaney, one of the first companies worldwide to grapple with the subject of organizational culture. Beeson spent two years supporting the culture change initiative at British Gas in Great Britain. Working for IFIM (Institute for Intercultural Management) gave him the opportunity to expand his experience of intercultural management with leading companies in the German-speaking world. All of this practical experience had a major impact on shaping his on-going professional development.

Jeffrey Beeson joined McKinsey & Company (Munich) as Content Manager in 2000. He was responsible for developing "My Work Place", an Internet-based diagnosis tool for conducting a culture audit in the corporate sector.

Evolving his personal and integrated approach to leadership strategy

Jeffrey Beeson founded Entheos in 2002 as a leadership strategy consultancy whose approach is attuned to today's climate of fast-paced change in the market. The consultancy is dedicated to optimizing leadership quality and performance in organizations by employing an integrated approach to strategy, culture renewal and teamwork.

In 2001 Jeffrey Beeson attended the first conference of the International Leadership Association (ILA). Just two years later he became a member of the board of this organization. From 2008 through 2011 he was Vice President for External Affairs. This was a position of some importance within the ILA, given that the Vice President is one of the four individuals responsible for the organization's strategic direction.

Since 2003, Jeffrey Beeson has also been an Associate of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), the world's largest company worldwide dedicated to leadership. He is one of their top consultants and leads a number of programs, seminars and workshops for CCL per year.

With the founding of World Café Europe e.V. in 2006, Beeson helped to create a non-profit organization whose objective is to promote dialogue to address the important issues facing today’s society. To date two large projects have been initiated in Dresden (Germany) and Bilbao (Spain). A multi-year pan-European project with financial support from the European Commission will be initiated in 2012.

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