Kevin Black, MA, MBA – Principal & Founder

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I’ve been helping leaders and teams increase their performance for over 20 years now. My career began in the US Army as a combat arms officer. From there I transitioned to the private sector as a leadership and strategy consultant. Now, I’m a business owner. I’ve worked with a variety of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 5. I’m proud to say I’ve helped to create over $500M of value.

My philosophy is that leadership and strategy are interdependent. Most times strategies do not go according to plan, requiring leaders to drive them from the ground up. This is why I focus on execution, and driving strategy from the ground up.

One of the coolest aspects of EDGE Challenges are the Combine. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s very satisfying, to help potential new hires clarify their strengths and help companies find the best fit.

As a side note, I’ve taught two courses at Scottsdale Community College, US Military History and The US Experience during the Vietnam War. I’m currently writing my first book, “Managing Chaos: The Emergent Leader.”

My three greatest accomplishments in helping leaders and teams grow:

  • My corporate director- and middle-management level clients average a two to three multiple increase in their ROI.
  • One small business owner successfully re-allocated 55% of his time back to his principal ROI, revenue generation. His company’s growth (1000% in a year) overwhelmed him with small, tactical work. After some great work restructuring the company and roles, he now drives business rather than vice-versa.
  • One client utilized our leadership and strategy program for over three years during their growth stage. Their Executive Leadership Team was able to align eight different functions, over 400 FTEs, with our “Grand Strategy” model. The company eventually executed an initial public offering (IPO).

I am a product of the EDGE Challenges. I apply the curriculum daily in my professional life and it works. In one instance, relying on the competencies presented during the Challenges (specifically thinking, communication and planning), I was able to beat out four national competitors for a significant contract with a $200 billion dollar company – and I was new to the type of service!