Leadership

Dick Gourley is a leading management & strategy consultant. His purpose is to help clients develop exceptional leaders and build enduring great organizations. Great organizations will consistently deliver exceptional business results, and Dick is passionate about helping clients improve business performance by solving critical problems and identifying new opportunities.

Dick’s diverse life experiences make him uniquely qualified to serve as a trusted advisor to leaders and organizations. As both a seasoned executive and management consultant, he has a wealth of knowledge available to share with clients who want to improve their organization’s business performance.

Clients describe him as a disciplined and structured problem solver; an excellent strategist and business planner; an experienced and innovative marketeer; a positive builder of teams; funny; and very easy-going. He is known for walking the talk, and for his commitment to serving others as a principle-centered servant leader.

Dick began his business career at IBM Corporation in Seattle, WA. During the next twenty years, he served in a number of international sales and marketing leadership positions at IBM, Oracle, Adaptec, GET Manufacturing, and Talk City Marketing Group.

In 2001, Dick established GSMR Consulting, a consulting firm serving Silicon Valley organizations that are starting-up or in transition. From 2001 through 2009, the firm’s clients included early stage startups, turnarounds, nonprofits, emerging private enterprises, and global public companies. Past clients include Ramp Networks, Fujitsu Software, Nokia, Imperito Networks, A4 Systems, Pacific Tweed, RE InfoLink, Alain Pinel, the State of California, and Lavante. 

Dick established Mackenzie Stewart, a leadership development and strategy consulting firm, in 2010. Mackenzie Stewart incorporated servant leadership into the firm’s consulting methodology, and focused primarily on startups, emerging organizations, and social ventures in California. Industry focus expanded beyond high technology, and included retail, professional service firms, the wine industry, nonprofit trade associations, and the social sector. Past clients include ZitoVault Software, Proficio, and AthleticOutlook. Dick led Mackenzie Stewart from 2010 through 2017. 

Today, he is focused on building Dick Gourley Consulting, which was established in January 2018. Taking the lessons learned during a lifetime of service in the business and nonprofit sectors, Dick’s purpose is simply to help clients improve business performance. 

Education: Dick attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1975. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program in Management at The Anderson School, UCLA. 

Specialties: Leadership, Assessment, Strategy, Execution, Organization, Customer Development, Marketing, Talent Management, Business Transformation.

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