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David C. Hager

David C. Hager


Positive and self-sustaining change in organizations requires bringing both sides of the brain together. Integrating rigorous, structured thinking and problem solving with an appreciation of the needs and motivations of the human beings and human system of the organization allows growth of shared purpose and shared intelligence.

I have worked in the trenches of organizations as a senior executive and as a consultant to senior leaders and professionals. I served over 10 years as legal counsel to domestic and global companies and non-profits followed by another 10 years helping to build partnerships between US companies and their Asian counterparts and regulatory agencies. I have experienced the challenges of leading organizations from both inside and outside.

Some principles that guide my work include:

  • Work with the whole system as well as the individual
  • Spend the time to fully understand the problem or opportunity in partnership with the client(s)
  • Co-create the interventions and solutions with those who responsible for making it happen
  • Focus on building strong and self-developing organizations that deliver stakeholder/customer results and develop their people


  • Executive and Management Team Development and Alignment
  • Strategy and Implementation Retreats
  • Senior Executive Coaching
  • Applied Emotional Intelligence
  • Succession Planning And Transmission Of Institutional Knowledge
  • Multi-Cultural and Generational Teams
  • Complex Interpersonal, Team, And Inter-Organizational Conflict Resolution
  • Leading And Managing Complex Change
  • Fostering The Growth Of “Intelligent Teams” And Organizations
  • Culture Assessments and Development
  • Practical Approaches To Individual And Shared Mindfulness


  • Supported a major leadership transition for the Director and senior staff of a large state agency
  • Extensive experience in developing effective and happy leadership teams and boards of directors
  • Experience in over 20 countries, including ten years as a consultant to US companies in China
  • Provided leadership and personal coaching to several hundred high-achievers and professionals
  • 11 years’ experience in teaching and coaching McKinsey consultants in interpersonal, organizational and consulting skills


  • BA, Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, University of Minnesota
  • Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School
  • Certified Mediator, Federal Executive Board
  • Personal and Professional Coaching Training–Coaches Training Institute
  • Executive Coach Training—LIM Institute, USA
  • Business Process Improvement Facilitator Training—Rummler-Brache Group
  • Strategy Development Facilitator Training—Strategic Thinking Group
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills Training—ENS Pty, Sydney, Australia
  • Organization and Relational Systems Coaching Training—CRR Global, USA
  • Civil Mediation Training—The Mediation Institute
  • Advanced & Large Group Mediation Training, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Pepperdine University Master Mediators’ Forum
  • Career and Life Planning Coaching—Richard Bolles
  • Mandarin Chinese—Self-taught
  • Certified In Leadership And Cultural Assessment Tools Including MBTI, FIRO-B, Thomas-KilmanN Conflict Instrument (TKI), The Leadership Circle 360, Etc.


  • Department of Labor and Industries (WA)
  • McKinsey Consulting
  • United States Department of Justice
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Pacific Northwest Economic Region
  • Kent School District
  • Siemens, AG, Germany and USA
  • Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Development
  • The Gottman Institute/RRI
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Johnson And Johnson
  • Federal Executive Board
  • People’s Republic Of China (Various Agencies)
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