University welcomes first distinguished consultant-in-residence

Award-winning author Peter Block guest lecturing at Williams College of Business | September 19, 2005

Best-selling and award-winning author and consultant Peter Block has been named first distinguished consultant-in-residence for the Williams College of Business. Block is guest lecturing and working with University advisory boards.

"There are great possibilities growing out of this connection with a university so grounded in a set of human values and committed to become an outward-facing institution," Block says on accepting the invitation to come to Xavier. "The fact that the invitation comes from the business school is also significant, for the business community is a primary player in fulfilling whatever potential people in Cincinnati have for themselves.”

Block’s most widely known books are Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work. He has also authored Flawless Consulting Fieldbook & Companion: A Guide to Understanding Your Expertise. The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters won the 2002 Independent Book Publisher Book Award for Business Breakthrough Book of the Year. Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World was co-authored with consultant and philosopher Peter Koestenbaum.

“We are so fortunate to have a world-class consultant, such as Peter Block join the Williams College of Business and Xavier University,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of Williams College of Business. “Peter’s expertise is in community-building initiatives, and he will help us extend our programs to the neighborhoods surrounding the Xavier campus, through collaborating with the Community Building Institute at Xavier and Xavier’s Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.”

Block is the recipient of the first place 2004 Members’ Choice Award by the Organization Development (OD) Network, which recognized Flawless Consulting as the most influential book for OD practitioners over the past 40 years.

Block is also the founder of Designed Learning, a training firm and learning resource for consultants, staff people and those that use them.