Laurence F. Akiyoshi has over 25 years of experience as a line manager, executive advisor, and consultant to leaders and organizations. His experience includes director and manager roles of learning and organization development functions within large global organizations, owner and principal of an international consulting firm, and managing teams of consultants for global high technology and biotechnology organizations.
In his consulting work, Laurence specializes in collaborative approaches to complex and comprehensive, organization transformation, change, and redesign. He has developed and refined effective approaches where leaders and employees jointly identify initiatives and changes that produce higher levels of organization effectiveness, performance, commitment, and results. In addition to this work, he focuses on the development of executives, executive teams, and key strategic leaders by enhancing their ability to learn, broadening their capability, and designing ways to achieve greater impact.
Laurence provides strategic insight, as well as intensive and ongoing consulting support for many large-scale organization change and transformation initiatives, and the redesign and implementation of functions and business units within organizations. He provided executive coaching and leadership development to clients throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His style is hands on and shares the commitment and accountability to the achievement of results. He has consulted in a wide variety of industries, including high technology, entertainment, service and technology venture start-ups, manufacturing, consumer goods, automotive, biotechnology, financial services, retail, franchise and restaurant operations, utilities, wineries, and aerospace.
He has co-authored workbooks and articles in the areas of organization development, consulting skills, and change management, they include: Strategic Organization Design, Implementation of Collaborative Design, Staff Consulting: Making Meaningful Contributions to Organizational Performance, and Executive Coaching During the Phases of Planned Change.
Laurence holds graduate degrees in counseling psychology and management from the University of California. In addition, he is a graduate of Columbia University’s Advanced Program in Organization Development, as well as advanced work in Organization and Action Learning in a joint venture with Apple, Inc. and Harvard University. He is currently enrolled in the Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution Graduate Program at Southern Methodist University, and is a lecturer/visiting scientist with the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.