As both a line and staff manager, Jeff McCollum’s work focused on planning and implementing large-scale organizational changes tied to business strategy. As a consultant, he focuses on working with clients to build individual and organization capabilities that serve their personal purpose and their business objectives. Prior to launching his own consulting practice, Star*Thrower Associates, he held leadership roles in marketing, sales, finance, organizational development and HR. He believes that organizations function best when the human spirit grows and thrives in them. His work is dedicated to that principle. He has been affiliated with Designed Learning for more than 20 years.
Before returning to private consulting in 2002, he was Director, Global Organization Development, for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare a $2 billion consumer products company where he played a key role in driving an organizational transformation to improve levels of innovation across the organization. In that role, he was responsible for supporting senior management in the implementation of large scale organizational changes including the integration of two consumer business following Pfizer’s acquisition of Warner Lambert in 2000 and the transition of the corporate HR organization from transaction based to operating as a business partner. He worked closely with senior managers to implement Warner-Lambert’s globalization strategy and build a team-based marketing organization. In addition, he managed the talent development process and consulted to line managers on a variety of performance improvement interventions.
He spent more than 20 years with AT&T where he served in both line and staff capacities including a key planning and implementation roles in AT&T’s “divestiture” and subsequent changes in the late 1980’s.
He serves as an adjunct to Pepperdine’s MSOD program and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in Indianapolis. He is active in church and community leadership.
He has published essays in Insights on Leadership and Reflections on Leadership—both published by John Wiley.