Joseph Folkman, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder
Joe Folkman is co-founder and president of Zenger Folkman, a firm that utilizes evidence-driven, strength-based methods to improve organizations and the people within them. He is a respected authority on assessment and change, and an acclaimed keynote speaker at conferences and seminars the world over. His topics focus on a variety of subjects related to leadership development, feedback, and individual and organizational change.
As one of the nation's renowned psychometricians, Joe's 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. His unique measurement tools are designed utilizing a database comprised of more than a half million assessments on nearly 50,000 leaders. Because these tools specifically address critical business results, facilitating development and change is the main focus of measurement efforts.
Joe is a regular contributor to Forbes and the Harvard Business Review Blog Forum. His research has received placement in several top-tier media sources, including The Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly, CNBC News, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, Chief Learning Officer, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Training and Development Magazine, and Executive Excellence.
A distinguished expert in the field of survey design and data analysis, Joe consults with organizations large and small, public and private. His clients include: AT&T , General Motors, Boeing, ConocoPhillips, CIBC, General Mills, Hunt Consolidated, Koch Industries, Marathon Oil, Nortel, Fidelity, First American, Reed-Elsevier, Safeway, Thomson Reuters, US Navy, UCSD, Wells Fargo and Weyerhaeuser.
Prior to forming Zenger Folkman, Joe was a founding partner of Novations Group, Inc., where he led the employee survey and 360-degree assessment practices. Joe holds a doctorate 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 eight books: Speed: How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution (McGraw-Hill 2016), How to Be Exceptional ( McGraw-Hill 2012), The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate (McGraw-Hill 2009), The Power of Feedback (Wiley 2006), The Handbook for Leaders (McGraw-Hill 2004), the best-selling Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders (McGraw-Hill, 2002), Employee Surveys that Make a Difference (Executive Excellence 1998), Making Feedback Work (Executive Excellence 1998), and Turning Feedback Into Change (Executive Excellence 1996).
Joe and his family reside at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Orem, Utah.