We are better together

Our aspirations are high. Our work is hard. We hire professionals of the highest caliber, character, and courage. We enjoy the freedom of choice to chart the career and life that fit our highest talents and interests. We invest in the growth of our colleagues and of our firm. We are better together.

We hire top quartile performers from the very best strategy firms, psychology consulting practices, leading law firms, and high performing corporations.  Each of us brings a unique set of experiences and perspectives.  What binds us together is our shared belief that a great leader, more than anything else, elevates the quality of life of the individual, group, and society. We constantly strive to help one another – our colleagues and our clients – become the best versions of themselves. We invite you to get to know us and look forward to the opportunity to get to know you.

If you are interested in introducing yourself to ghSMART, please go to our jobs page to view current openings and to apply. Thank you!

Get to know us

Alysia-15-EditAlysia Love, Principal, Greenwich

Background: Equity investing at EARNEST Partners; Product management at Hewlett-Packard Co.; Emerging markets forecasting at DRI; Harvard Business School (MBA); Bates College (BA, Classics), CFA Charterholder, New York Society of Security Analysts

Best Me: Increasing self-awareness – in myself and others – with both care and conviction. Lighting the fire of courage, to act with good judgment and empathy.

Best ghSMART moment to date: Hearing from a CEO, “When I first received your feedback, I was angry. The second time through, I made this list of the 10 things I am committing to do differently – and this is how it is going to shape our upcoming Board agenda.”

What I love outside of work: Attending lectures and concerts, playing violin, squash, skiing, drawing and aikido.

 

BJ-23BJ Wright, Principal, London

Background: McKinsey & Company (Consultant), Columbia University (PhD, Organic Chemistry), Willamette University (BA, Chemistry)

Best Me: Being a trusted advisor with enduring connections, and improving life each day by learning and spreading good ideas with love, compassion, and enthusiasm.

Best ghSMART moment to date:I flew to a posh location in the tropics to meet with a CEO client for a coaching session in advance of her presentation to the board. In addition to a productive session and a memorable meal with the board that evening, my highlight was upon landing back home to collect my voicemails and hearing her elation and appreciation after the meeting, where she demonstrated why she is an A-player CEO.

What I love outside of work: Rowing, international travel, Swing-A-Ring, and spending time with my wife and daughters.

 

Thor-7Thor Mann, Partner, New York

Background: RHR International (Consultant), Northwaters (Wilderness Guide), Rutgers University (PsyD, Organizational Psychology), Reed College (BA, History)

Best Me: Serving others.

Best ghSMART moment to date: I spent 10 hours in Paris with the CEO of a $1B company listening to her career story and her goals for her company and then walking along the Seine before having dinner.

What I love outside of work: Introducing my three young children to my passions: camping, Greek mythology, canoeing, having a love/hate relationship with a 110 year old house.

 

Sapna-3Sapna Werner, Principal, New York

Background: Tishman Speyer, McKinsey & Company, Harvard Law School (JD), Harvard University (BA, Social Anthropology)

Best Me: Being counted on by inspiring leaders and investors to provide thoughtful and candid insights to help them maximize their impact – and the value they create – in the world and to be their best selves.

Best ghSMART moment to date: Delivering a challenging message to the CEO and CHRO of a Fortune 500 company and having them say, “Thank you.  We know we can always trust you guys to be honest with us.”

What I love outside of work: Running, baking, travel, the New York Times crossword puzzle, and rediscovering the world every day through the eyes of my daughter.

 

 

Steve Kincaid - Business Casual - Close CropSteve Kincaid, Principal, Atlanta

Background: Sperduto & Associates, Leadership Capital Group, Right Management Consultants, Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Consulting, Michigan State University (BA, PhD, Clinical Psychology)

Best Me: I help leaders think clearly about ensuring the right people are in the right roles doing the right things – including themselves.

Best ghSMART moment to date: It’s hard to narrow it down to just one best moment but a recent day that came to mind included a sunrise beach walk on with our dogs, morning calls to clients in New York and London around important “Who” decisions, and an afternoon of writing before my flight to Chicago for an assessment the next day. I don’t take for granted  that I can have a high quality professional and personal life at ghSMART.

What I love outside of work: Outside of ghSMART I’m often traveling to catch a favorite band, playing around Atlanta as a weekend musician, or doing what I can to support Charleston restaurants.

 

We love the freedom and flexibility we have to choose where we live, what clients we serve, and how we pursue our “Best Me” at ghSMART. We also love the time we spend together, both with our clients and as a team. Check out these photos of recent team building events.

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Our Mission

The mission of ghSMART is to use our expertise in business and human behavior to help CEOs, boards and investors build valuable organizations.

Our Credo

We exist to help leaders amplify their positive impact on the world. We believe everyone is an A player at something. We believe that the best leaders hire people into the right roles, challenge them to learn and grow, and equip them to make choices that produce valuable outcomes. A great leader, more than anything else, elevates the quality of life of the individual, group, and society.

We understand leaders. We bring unique expertise, with deep roots in business and in psychology. We listen. We assess, develop and deepen relationships with leaders and their organizations. Our approach gives us a unique window into who leaders are and how they will be most successful.

We believe it is a great honor to serve our clients.  We serve those who share our belief that leadership is the ultimate lever for positive change and who boldly strive to become the best they can be. While always protecting client confidentiality, we share our knowledge about leadership with the world.

We believe it is a great honor to serve our colleagues.  Our aspirations are high. Our work is hard. We hire professionals of the highest caliber, character, and courage. We enjoy the freedom of choice to chart the career and life that fit our highest talents and interests. We invest in the growth of our colleagues and of our firm. We are better together.

Our Values

When in doubt, lead.  We are leaders serving leaders. We take action with clients and within our firm. We innovate. We are pioneers.

Who matters. Our clients are people, not institutions. Who we serve matters. Who we hire matters. The right who in the right where doing the right what matters.

Best you.  To make the most valuable impact on our world, clients, firm, and self, we work to become the best version of ourselves. We bring out the best in our clients and colleagues. We do this by having the courage to dream big; by offering respectful feedback; by taking advantage of opportunities for learning, mastery and specialization; by exercising the freedom to choose; and by having the discipline to actualize our full potential.

Own the outcome.  We care about our clients’ highest priorities, both in their current roles and in their careers overall. We define outcomes, collect data, conduct analyses, and persuade clients to take action. We don’t rest until our clients achieve their objectives. We take ownership for achieving our firm goals in client satisfaction, team satisfaction, and growth. We follow through on our commitments, with 110% integrity.

Generosity and gratitude.  We live our lives with a spirit of generosity. We share our diverse perspectives with one another. We create opportunities for each other. We work to ensure one another’s success. We express gratitude for the contributions of our clients and our colleagues.

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