Howard M. Guttman is principal of Guttman Development Strategies, Inc.(GDS), a Mount Arlington, New Jersey-based management consulting firm founded in 1989 and specializing in building horizontal, high-performance teams; leadership-team alignment; leadership coaching; and leadership development. GDS has been ranked as a top Leadership Development consulting firm by Leadership Excellence magazine, which also named Mr. Guttman to its list of “Excellence 100 Top Thought Leaders.”
GDS focuses on aligning senior management teams, developing the strategy and implementation of "horizontal" organizations (brand teams, matrix structures, global teams), and executive development. Mr. Guttman and his staff of consultants are known for creating programs and processes that are pragmatic, results oriented, and produce observable change. His style is direct, and he enables clients to clearly see the distinction between symptoms and core organization issues.
Among GDS's U.S. and international corporate clients are Coca-Cola; Johnson & Johnson; L'Oréal; Mars, Inc.; Novartis; Pfizer; Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC; and Walmart. Mr. Guttman has also consulted with numerous universities and nonprofit organizations around the world.
Mr. Guttman’s corporate experience includes Johnson & Johnson and Automatic Data Processing. He holds an M.S. from Case Western Reserve University's School of Applied Social Sciences.
Mr. Guttman is the author of Great Business Teams: Cracking the Code for Standout Performance, named one of the Top Business Books of 2008 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries. He is also the author of When Goliaths Clash: Managing Executive Conflict to Build a More Dynamic Organization. His third book, Coach Yourself to Win: 7 Steps to Breakthrough Performance on the Job and in Your Life, was published by McGraw-Hill in October 2010 and named to the Washington Post's list of Top 5 Business Books for April 2011.
Mr. Guttman’s article, “Are Your Global Team Members Miles Apart,” appeared in The Harvard Business Review, OnPoint, Summer, 2013. An interview with him was included in Thoughts from the Top: A Collection of Interviews with Business Gurus. Harvard Management Update’s interview with Mr. Guttman forms the basis of the chapter, “Bury Your Opinion, Shortchange Your Team,” in Teams That Click, a part of the Harvard Business School Press Results-Driven Manager series.
Articles by Mr. Guttman have appeared and he has been quoted in broad-interest newspapers and magazines such as TIME magazine, American Airlines’ American Way, Amtrak’s Arrive, Business News New Jersey, Investors Business Daily, The Washington Post, The Newark Star Ledger, U.S. News and World Report, and U.S.A. Today magazine.
He is also a frequent contributor to professional journals such as People & Strategy, Human Resource Executive, Chief Learning Officer, Leader to Leader, MWorld, Pharmaceutical Executive, and PharmaVOICE. He is a contributing editor to Leadership Excellence.
Mr. Guttman frequently addresses academic and corporate audiences on such topics as “Great Business Teams: What Does It Take?”; “Conflict Management as a Core Leadership Competency,” “Putting Performance into High-Performance Teams,” “Executive Coaching: Lessons from the Firing Line,” “Alignment: Creating High- Performance Teams from the Top Down,” and “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Through Self-Coaching.”