George Schlitz

George Schlitz

Managing Director
SolutionsIQ
location_on United States

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George is a management consultant and coach who has spent the past 17 years championing improvement in large organizations. 

George’s focus is coaching leaders and teams on outcomes-focused transformation leveraging the best aspects of paradigms such as lean thinking, the theory of constraints, lean startup, business model generation, and agile methods, and combining them with this awareness of complexity and systems. His approach is to enable managers to lead change via environment design- so that objectives can be achieved while changes are adopted to enable future success and decrease reliance on external help.  By helping leaders and teams learn and practice new skills, and by working closely with them to improve their collaboration and leadership, George believes that large-scale change is not only achievable- it can become part of our everyday lives.

 

George co-founded BigVisible Solutions; a consultancy focused on agile product development methods, and was instrumental in leading the company to become the industry leader in agile coaching before it was acquired by SolutionsIQ.

 

George is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and his education includes an MBA from Bentley University, a BBA in Operations Management and a BS in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to his business career, George served in the U.S. Army as a transportation & logistics officer and air defense soldier.

 

From his experience in the industry, George has learned that

  • By taking an outcomes-focused approach to improvement, transformation of even the most complex organizations is possible, with change becoming a byproduct of improvement, not something to be “managed” 

  • Even the introduction of the simplest new practice to a team is a change effort that can have unforeseen ripple effects in the organization around it, and that can be impacted by structures, rules, and culture that already exists 

  • Organizations seem to repeat a common set of mistakes when introducing change 

  • Agility, lean, and other improvement paradigms are holistic solutions- they must be applied to the entire organization and must be supported by change strategies that are both grassroots-driven and leadership-enabled 

  • Managers of all levels must develop the capability of leading change in order for them and their companies to thrive in the digital age