Joseph Folkman, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder
Joe Folkman is co-founder and President of Zenger Folkman, a firm specializing in leadership and organizational development. He is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker at conferences and seminars the world over. His topics focus on a variety of subjects related to leadership, feedback, and individual and organizational change.
As one of the nation’s renowned psychometricians, his extensive expertise focuses on survey research and change management. He has over 30 years of experience, consulting with some of the world’s most prestigious and successful organizations, public and private. A distinguished expert in the field of measurement, his unique surveys and assessments are designed utilizing a database comprised of over a million assessments on over 80,000 leaders. Because these tools specifically address critical business results, facilitating development and change is the main 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. The diversity of industries and business models has provided him with a powerful learning opportunity and an exceptional research base.
Joe’s research has been published in several publications including The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly, Training and Development Magazine, and Talent Quarterly.
Prior to forming Zenger Folkman, Joe was a founding partner of Novations Group, Inc. where he led the employee survey and 360-degree assessment practice. Joe holds a doctorate degree in Social and Organizational Psychology, as well as a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.
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.
Joe and his family reside at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Orem, Utah.