Kaplan DeVries, Consultants to Top Management Since 1992

Bob Kaplan and David DeVries began their ground-breaking work on leadership effectiveness in the 1980s at the Center for Creative Leadership. Since founding the firm in 1992, they and their team of consultants throughout the U.S. have become entrusted advisors for intensive evaluation of and consulting to senior executives worldwide.

We Make Leaders Better.

Both individual leaders and management teams. From director level to board level. We design to suit. Our speciality: forcing tough issues constructively.

We Evaluate Top Talent.

Based on rigorously analyzed data from coworkers and customers, not just from the candidate. The result: a nuanced integrated profile.

Demonstrated impact

“…they have helped me and other key people in our organization become better leaders. Their work gets to the core of the key strengths of each individual as well as what’s getting in their way of achieving greater success. They do so with a focus on hard data and broad-based feedback; an atmosphere that’s safe, comfortable, and supportive; and a perspective deep in insight informed by years of research and experience.”
Randy Battat, President and CEO, Airvana
I have worked with Bob Kaplan and the Kaplan Devries team for many years. They provide a nice balance of data-driven analysis and personal observation and coaching that is very effective.
Jim Ryan , Chairman, President and CEO, Grainger
“Their work is very eye-opening. It’s unlike any other process I’ve seen."
Gary Rodkin, CEO, ConAgra
“The research at Kaplan DeVries stands out in many ways; it is simultaneously creative, rigorous and utterly practical. It is some of the best work on leadership in recent memory.”
Robert Hogan, Ph.D., President, Hogan Assessment Systems
“The people at Kaplan DeVries Inc. are consummate professionals. I really enjoy working with them. Not only do we get extraordinary things done, we have fun along the way. If you are looking for someone who will partner with you to find the solution you are looking for, you’ve found them.”
Brian Dowd, Director of Employee Development, Granite Construction Incorporated
“I felt guided—not directed. I felt coached—not trained. I felt motivated—not forced. And I can feel the difference in my professional and private life—I am a better leader now!”
J. Peter Hegemann, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Carrier EMEA., Corning Cable Systems
“The power of what Kaplan DeVries does is their depth of knowledge, the research precision, the preponderance of evidence, and the strong viewpoint on the executive and the fit with the job to be done.  Their reports are the gold standard.”
Sandy Ogg, Blackstone

Food for Thought

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