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All K&S consultants have ‘walked a mile in your shoes’, and fully appreciate and understand the high pressure, demanding arena that you work in.  We are doctoral-level applied psychology and MBA-trained business professionals who have real-world experience as organization leaders and managers within a business enterprise.

K&S consultants have been carefully screened and selected. Our varied and specialized skills, geographic location, and areas of expertise enable us to effectively and efficiently serve large-scale and fast-tract engagements.

Dr. John Stevens, Founder and Managing Partner

Dr. John StevensAs a management psychology consultant, John has worked 20+ years with senior and C-level business professionals in a myriad of industries across the US, and in Canada and Europe. His professional specialization focuses on elevating business achievement through stronger, more effective organization leadership performance.

John has developed, tested, and refined several proprietary approaches to executive leader assessment and development as well as methods for driving organization change though executive consultation and leadership coaching. His company-client list includes start-up ventures, mid-size and high growth companies, and large national and multi-national firms.  He has likewise provided pro bono and low-fee services to not-for-profit institutions, municipal governments, and local public service agencies. 

In addition to his consulting career, John’s professional experience includes three years as a director-level manager in a large healthcare organization and three years as VP of Corporate Human Resources for a $400 million multi-national manufacturing firm. 

John received his doctorate from Rutgers University and has been an adjunct faculty member of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He has authored a number of professional articles, including “Executive Coaching From the Executive’s Perspective”, which was voted via peer-review as First Runner-Up for Most Outstanding Article in 2005 published in Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. This article also appears in Kilburg and Diedrich’s (eds.) book, The Wisdom of Coaching: Essential Papers in Consulting Psychology for a World of Change (2007).

John was born and raised in New Jersey, and lived in Wisconsin and Indiana before settling outside of Boston where he and his wife raised two daughters.


Dr. Donald Minnick, Managing Consultant

Dr. Donald MinnickWith a broad background in individual, organization and systems psychology, Don has worked with high-potential contributors, senior managers and C-suite business professionals internationally in varied sectors including: businesses in the space industry, financial institutions, energy companies, pharmaceutical and hospital systems, professional services firms, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profit organizations. His areas of specialization focus on executive assessment, leadership development, training and work conference design, high-performance team facilitation, and assisting organizations in working effectively across organizational boundaries. He has been an invited adjunct professor in the business schools at Rice University, the University of Houston at Clear Lake and Texas State University.

Don has a particular interest in projects that require an innovative approach to difficult and persistent business issues.  

Don earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at Rice University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Texas. He has post-graduate training in organization development from the National Training Laboratory (NTL). He has authored a number of professional articles, presented at numerous professional conferences and is a regular contributor on ‘The BusinessMaker’s Radio Program’ broadcast live on the BizRadio Network and streamed on the Internet. In 2005 he co-authored ‘Inside the New Organization: a blueprint for surviving restructuring, acquisition, merger and outsourcing’, published in the Journal of Business Strategy. In 2009, his book, ‘Survive Downsizing: how to keep your job and become indispensable to your company’ won the publisher’s ‘Rising Star’ designation.  

Don lives with his wife Rebecca in the Texas hill country outside of Austin. They are die hard ‘foodies’. Together they have raised two sons, both of whom have established careers as chefs. 

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