Galford is a managing partner of the Center for Leading Organizations.
He divides his time across teaching on Executive Education programs
and working with senior executives at the world's leading firms
on the leadership issues that lie at the intersection of strategy
and organization. He has taught on the Executive Programs at the
Columbia University Graduate School of Business, the Kellogg Graduate
School of Management at Northwestern University, and most recently
Rob was formerly a managing partner with the Center for Executive
Development. Earlier in his career, Rob was Executive Vice President
and Chief People Officer of Digitas (NASDAQ:DTAS), a marketing services
firm based in Boston, with offices across the U.S. and Europe.
He was also a Vice President of The MAC Group and its successor
firm, Gemini Consulting, focusing largely on the strategic and organizational
challenges facing professional and financial services firms and
Fortune 100 Companies. While there, he worked for a number of years
in Western Europe prior to returning to the U.S., where he took
on a variety of firm administrative and managerial responsibilities.
He has practiced law with the international firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost,
Colt & Mosle in New York, and has also worked in investment
management, first for Citicorp in New York, and later in Boston.
In addition, he has taught Management Policy in the MBA Program
at Boston University Graduate School of Management.
Rob is a five-time contributor to the Harvard Business Review,
including "When an Executive Defects" (case comment-1997),
"Why Can't this HR Department Get Any Respect?" (1998),
"What's He Waiting For?" (1999), and "The Enemies
of Trust" (2003).
His work also has appeared frequently in the Boston Globe,
where he has served as one of the regular "Job Doc" advice
columnists in the Sunday Globe, and he has been featured or quoted
in such other publications as Inc. Magazine, Sloan
Management Review, and The American Lawyer.
Rob is the co-author of The Trusted Advisor (with David
Maister and Charles Green), initially published by Free Press/Simon
and Schuster in 2000, and subsequently reissued in paperback by
Touchstone/Simon and Schuster in 2001. The Trusted Advisor
has been on business best-seller lists since the time of its publication.
His second book, The Trusted Leader (co-authored with
Anne Drapeau), was published by The Free Press in January 2003.
His third book, Your Leadership Legacy, co-authored with
Regina Maruca, was published by Harvard Business School Press (September
2006). His most recent book, Simple Sabotage, co-authored with Bob Frisch and Cary Greene, was published by Harper One (September 2015).
Rob currently sits on the board of directors of Forrester Research,
Inc., where he chairs the Compensation and Governance Committee.
He also serves as an outside board advisor to the noted architectural
firm, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott. He also hosts the
business video, Talk About Change! with the popular cartoon
His educational background includes Liceo Segre, Turin, Italy,
a BA in Economics and Italian Literature from Haverford College,
an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Georgetown University
Law Center, where he was Associate Editor of The Tax Lawyer.
and other work published with Harvard Business Review
Rob's articles and interviews