Tom Devane

Tom Devane helps clients achieve rapid, dramatic, and sustainable improvements resulting from increased employee engagement and contemporary leadership practices. Prior to joining Energage as VP of Consulting Tom founded and operated his own consulting company for 25 years. Before that he held leadership positions in Big Six Consulting and at an alternative energy firm that was purchased by ConocoPhillips. His evolution from a technical practitioner to global thought leader and practitioner in culture shaping has been a gradual process that has enabled him to combine “hard” and “soft” aspects of performance as he helped numerous organizations in their transformation efforts. For example, in Microsoft’s early exponential growth years he worked with four divisions of Microsoft Corporation on strategy development and deployment, culture shaping, and process improvement. He also had the extraordinary privilege of being selected by the government of South Africa to assist in the dismantling of apartheid. In his latest large-scale transformation, Tom helped the biopharmaceuticals division of a global pharma company reshape their culture from a research and development mindset to a commercial operations mindset as they successfully transformed from an organization that had zero revenues to one with over $1 billion annual sales within 18 months. Beyond those experiences, Tom has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, life sciences, financial services, and high-tech manufacturing. Tom is the co-author and co-editor of The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 1999, 2007) and is the author of Integrating Lean Six Sigma and High-Performance Organizations (Wiley & Sons, 2003). Tom has spoken for the American Management Association, LINKAGE, and The Organization Development Network.

Finding Opportunities for Growth in Times of Crisis

by | May 11, 2020

Challenging the status quo can pay big rewards for organizations. With the right approach, you can emerge from the current landscape with a strategic advantage.

The Importance of an Employee Connection Strategy

by | April 10, 2020 | Communication

Employee connection is at risk right now. Creating a formalized, intentional strategy will position your organization for success now and in the future.

How to Leverage Employee Survey Data to Shape Culture

by | February 24, 2020 | Workplace Culture

The ability to leverage employee survey data has advanced exponentially. Now, taking action to impact culture and boost performance is no longer a game of chance. Nor do you have to be the CEO.

Employee Engagement with a Digital Twist

by | October 29, 2019 | Employee Engagement

What does employee engagement look like at a company that depends on digital technology excellence? In a recent interview with the technology head of such a company, I uncovered some nuggets that the not-so-digitally-inclined can learn from to improve employee engagement and profits.

10 High-Leverage Principles for Sustainable Organizational Change

Organizational change requires strong leadership, the right conditions — and the ability to abandon old notions. Here are 10, high-leverage things you can do to ensure a successful outcome for your next change effort.