John Ullmen, Ph.D.
Managing Director

John Ullmen, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed executive coach with two decades of experience coaching hundreds of leaders around the world at the senior management and CEO level. His clients span a wide range of Fortune 500 firms and industry leaders in technology, media/entertainment, consumer products, healthcare, biotech, finance, banking, real estate, professional services, construction, defense and government agencies.

He is a longtime faculty member at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where he teaches across the MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programs, and his elective course was voted by graduate students one of the “Top Ten” experiences in their program.
Based on his ongoing research and practice, he has published many books, written for Harvard Business Review, and been featured on MSNBC, the Los Angeles Times, and many other media outlets.

John’s book Don’t Kill the Bosses: Escaping the Hierarchy Trap, coauthored with Sam Culbert, is in print in several languages and has received high praise executives and leading management thinkers alike, such as Stephen Covey and Warren Bennis.
Tom Peters, named “Management Guru of Gurus” by Fortune Magazine, wrote: “If you really, really read this book, it will change your life. I guarantee it. If lots of people read this book closely, it will change the world. The book is that good.”

His most recent book Real Influence: How to Persuade without Pushing and Gain without Giving In, coauthored with Mark Goulston, MD, is in print around the world in many languages and was selected as one of the “Top 30 Books in Business” of the year by the leading business executive summary firm.

About the book, the President of the UCLA Health System, David T. Feinberg MD, said: “Real Influence is literally going to change your life. It will vastly improve all your interactions and relationships, both professionally and personally. This book is the ‘secret sauce’ to optimal influence—and an absolute must read.”

His video programs on have hit #1 (out of many thousands of other programs) and been selected for featured lists:

Typically a few videos per program are “unlocked” for free. But all are viewable in their entirety by using a link to a free trial membership at no charge and with no future obligation:

John began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a lead systems engineer for a top-secret Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence program.
John holds a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a frequent keynote speaker for organizations and business events. He lives in Woodland Hills, CA.

Dr. Ullmen’s Bio


Brian J. Adams, MSS/MIS
Lead International Associate

Brian J. AdamsBrian Adams brings an international perspective to our team with 20 years of experience working in over 10 countries throughout Africa, Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific. His clients include transnational governmental organizations, unilateral aid agencies, and industry leaders in construction, education and real estate. Brian is an experienced trainer, lecturer and interventionist in several languages, particularly focused on promoting conflict resolution and collaboration across spatial and cultural boundaries.

As a certified mediator, Brian’s work has ranged from international disputes to commercial and family mediation. He has published on a wide range of conflict resolution issues: cross-cultural mediation, dispute systems design, bridging power differentials, and conflict assessments.

Brian is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Queensland, Australia focused on evaluating alternative dispute resolution processes. He also holds an M.I.S. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland, an M.S.S. in International Development from Utah State University and a B.S. from Brigham Young University.