Three Mountain Group

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Three Mountain Group

3MG will help you to simplify the most complex challenges or initiative you may have on your plate. We love to break down seemingly overwhelming initiatives into clear, sequential paths forward.

Our unique approach leads to profound results

A Clear Path Forward

Simplify the most complex challenges or initiative you may have on your plate and love to break down seemingly overwhelming initiatives into clear, sequential paths forward.

Massive Network to Connect you with the Right People

Providing access and relationship to new partners can expand our collective thinking beyond the “usual suspects” and ensure that completely new perspectives are explored.

Deep Experience

Our team has decades of experience helping leaders and communities solve complex problems that require diverse expertise, new frameworks and breakthrough thinking.

Confident and Inspired Clients

Our clients find working with us fun and engaging on every level. We aspire for all of us to learn and grow – personally and professionally – through every project.

Proven Process

Our process is always collaborative and iterative – encouraging experimentation and rapid cycle prototyping to speed innovation & learning.

Profound Results

Our projects produce real and measurable results in the form of new platforms, protocols and interventions that actually change things.

Our Principles

  • Build high-trust and high-commitment collaboration, partnerships and co-convenors at every step
  • Continually seek input and guidance from stakeholders and experts across the entire system – not just the primary clients
  • Strengthen trust and intimacy among diverse partners – while keeping the primary focus on results and outcomes
  • Stay authentically open to true innovation and experimentation
  • Minimize over-analysis and move quickly to real-world implementation, testing of early hypotheses and “proofs of concept”
  • Build complexity and depth of interventions through “rapid cycle prototyping” ie. multiple iterations and fast learning about what really works
  • Build on success – even if not perfect. As long as results are directionally correct and positive
  • Continually expand partnerships – and particularly funding sources – throughout the journey

Meet Our Team

Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted minds

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Dr. John Griffin

CEO, Founder

Dr. John Griffin, CEO and Founder of Three Mountain Group, has over three decades of experience facilitating organizational change and building leadership and management capacity in over 45 countries worldwide.  He is known for supporting individuals and groups to explore and unlock what drives leadership, change, innovation and collaboration. The majority of his work has been on addressing complex conservation initiatives.

John has taught both internally in organizations and at some of the premier training centers including Georgetown University, Esalen, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and Gestalt International Study Center. John’s clients have included the United Nations, the World Bank, Fortune 500 Companies, NASA, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and several United States and Global Government and Non-Profit Institutions. John and his clients have worked on vital global issues in need of systemic change in virtually every sector impacting some of the world’s most complicated issues with creative, tangible and lasting results. John is passionate about photography and spending as much time in nature as possible.

Tom Kornbluh

President and Co-founder of Powerfulwork

Tom Kornbluh, Co-founder of Powerfulwork, has been a business consultant and change agent working in government, healthcare, software, tech start-ups and non-profit organizations for more than 30 years. He’s helped deliver transformational results to hundreds of leaders and organizations at all levels and studied with some of the masters in the field. Tom has also been senior faculty and Director of the Georgetown University Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership program for the past 10 years where he helps to mentor and guide the next generation of change leaders.

Tom’s recent clients include The National Institutes of Health, Discovery Communications, Allegis Group, Johns Hopkins Health Systems, EPA, NASA, Medimmune, US Department of Interior, the United Nations and the World Bank. Over the years, Tom has served as the “consultant’s consultant” to two of the world’s largest consulting firms, Booz Allen and PwC. In addition to being an active consultant, executive coach and teacher, Tom has a MS in Organization Development and Change Management and a BS in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He lives in small town Colorado with family, dogs and horses.

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Steve Johnson

Senior Consultant Three Mountain Group

Steve has been a leading international conservation specialist.  Through his 45 years of experience in the wilds of Africa, he uses his passion and expertise to support exceptional people of conscience and empathy to find true purpose in their lives – to make a difference in our world – leaving a meaningful legacy.   He has designed and led a program called the League of Legends to promote deep and transformative shifts in leaders across various disciplines and sectors.  As an executive management coach, professional speaker, and mentor he continues to influence others to live their legacies one day at a time.

Steve has been Chief of Party (COP) – leader of several significant nature conservation programs.  He led USAID’s VukaNow Program which collaborated with various USAID programs in Southern Africa to combat wildlife crime across the region, with a focus on protecting elephant, rhino, wild lion and pangolin populations.  He was Chief of Party (Director) of the Southern Africa Regional Environment Program a USAID funded program supporting the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission assisting in areas of biodiversity management, water resources management, climate change, rural and community development across the whole Okavango River Basin.  Over decades of experience, he has been a leader and key conservation advisor for the European Union, World Bank, United Nations, IUCN as well as dozens of local and national government agencies.

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RAJ SETHIA

Senior Consultant Three Mountain Group

Steve has been a leading international conservation specialist.  Through his 45 years of experience in the wilds of Africa, he uses his passion and expertise to support exceptional people of conscience and empathy to find true purpose in their lives – to make a difference in our world – leaving a meaningful legacy.   He has designed and led a program called the League of Legends to promote deep and transformative shifts in leaders across various disciplines and sectors.  As an executive management coach, professional speaker, and mentor he continues to influence others to live their legacies one day at a time.

Raj is passionate about cross-cultural management and specializes in development of learning innovation. He is an accomplished and qualified Organizational Consultant with an empathetic approach towards leadership learning, an intuitive ability to support innovation in multicultural teams and a specialty background in change management. His clients traverse Asia, Europe and America. For over two decades he has conceptualized and facilitated change management and leadership programs for the World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, Swiss Development Corporation, European Commission, and other international organizations. He is a TEDx speaker and has been a Keynote in diverse international conferences. Fluent in eight languages, Raj is probably the first Indian to publish his collection of poems in the German language.

Taaka Awori

Managing Director of Busara Africa

Taaka Awori is the Managing Director of Busara Africa a Pan-African Leadership Development Firm. She is a Leadership Trainer, Professional Coach and Organisational Development Specialist with over 20 years professional experience working with civil society, the private sector and various Government Agencies in East, West and Southern Africa and in Europe and the U.S. She therefore combines an understanding of international best practice on leadership and organisational development with an appreciation of the diverse contexts in which these principles should be applied.

Taaka has a Bachelors in Degree in Political Science from Harvard University, Boston MA, and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Columbia University, NY, New York. She also has a Certificate in Organisational Development from the Organisation Development Centre & the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, United States and an Advanced Certificate in Coaching from the International Coaching Academy, Melbourne, Australia. Taaka is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Taaka sits on the Board of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and the Board of The West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI).

Rolf Parta

Teambuilder, Organizational Development Specialist

Rolf Parta has worked as a Teambuilder, Organizational Development Specialist and Coach for over 20 years in settings spanning corporate boardrooms, igloos, armored personnel carriers and refugee camps. Growing up in France, Germany and the US, with an American father and a Norwegian mother predisposed Rolf from a young age to navigating across cultures and understanding multiple perspectives.

A passion for useful adventure led him from wide-ranging studies in psychology, philosophy and physics to a first career in international disaster relief with NGOs and UN agencies. There, he lived the ups and downs of working with and managing others to achieve meaningful results in an ever-changing, stress-ridden environment. It is also then that he acquired formative managerial experience in motivating cross cultural and cross functional teams that combined local and international staff.

Building on those rich experiences and those acquired as an Outward Bound instructor, Rolf first became a trainer and a coach, preparing others for the realities of international aid and development work, then grew to supporting teams in businesses and organizations to work more effectively together. He now works as a consultant with the World Bank (WB) Group, and a variety of multinational businesses as well as prominent business schools.

Rolf works with a variety of clients including Faurecia, Molson Coors, Swiss Re, UBS, JP Morgan Chase, Hilton Worldwide and Ogilvy & Mather running leadership development training programs for middle, upper and executive level employees. Specific topics covered include: EQ, Innovation, Leadership as action, Managing, Feedback, Presence, Motivation, Culture, Personal Resilience and Decision Making.

Bob Devlin

leadership learning initiatives, succession planning

Bob Devlin develops and manages longer-term leadership learning initiatives, succession planning efforts and programs for newly promoted leaders. He is known as an innovative program designer who builds strong teams of facilitators and coaches to deliver innovative leadership development solutions. As Director and Senior Faculty of the Georgetown University Organization Development Program he trained hundreds of leaders and consultants in the complex dynamics of change.

He is the creator of the Leadership-in-Action Cohort Leadership Training Methodology currently used by OPM and the US Army to prepare GS-15 Senior Scientists and Engineers for executive roles. Bob teaches graduate leadership courses at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Washington, DC and Bologna and at the Tai Sophia Institute – the nation’s premier wellness university. Bob is a contributing author of – Engaging Leadership: Three Agendas for Sustaining Achievement (Macmillan 2009).

Michael Ciszewski

organization development

My main focus in my organization development practice is working with executive and leadership teams to help them develop habits of reflective learning as a core capability for improving results and creating operational and strategic breakthroughs.

I’ve lately become interested in organizations as complex adaptive systems and have been exploring ways to use what we’re learning about complexity to create more connected, courageous, and effective organizations.

Prior to starting down this path in 2002, I ran Organization Integration at Merrill Lynch in NYC and before that was head of J.P. Morgan’s Leadership and Organization Development function for Europe, based in London. I also had 10 years as an investment banker while at J.P. Morgan before discovering OD.

In addition to my experience in the US and UK, I have worked across Europe, Asia, and Africa. I have expertise building effective working groups (whether at the project, executive, or Board level), formulating organizational strategies, and transforming individuals and groups into more productive, integrated, and self-sustaining systems. My work incorporates the use of self-awareness and emergence principles to create clarity, commitment, and improved interaction.

I recently finished my part in a three year long global culture change and restructuring effort with a client organization, playing key leadership roles on various committees throughout the project. Working with colleagues, we developed influential recommendations and insights to support the organization’s Board of Directors and other decision makers.

I did my undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, hold a certificate in Principles and Practices of OD from Teachers College, Columbia University, and received a Masters Degree in OD from American University / NTL. I am on the faculty for the NTL Organisation Development Certificate Programme in the UK. I also teach on the Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program at Georgetown University’s School for Continuing Education. I serve on the Board of Directors of The Lewin Center for Social Change, Action, and Research and of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science. I am a member of the OD Network in the US and Europe and of NTL Institute.

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Chagrin Falls | Ohio

John@ThreeMountainGroup.com

Ridgway | Colorado

Tom@ThreeMountainGroup.com