Author of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL #1 Best Seller – The Breakthrough Company: How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers and Bounce.
As a technology CEO, business school dean, consultant and author, Keith McFarland has provided management insight to organizations for more than 20 years. He has written regular columns for BusinessWeek and Inc., and is founder of McFarland Strategy Partners.
Prior to establishing his consultancy, he served as CEO of two technology firms — most recently Nivo International, the exclusive provider of certification services for Microsoft Office products through more than 2000 testing centers in 56 countries.
McFarland previously served as chairman and as CEO of Collectech Systems, a two-time Inc. 500 company. He led the transformation of Collectech into the leading customer contact and accounts receivable management service provider for the telecommunications industry. As a result of his efforts, Collectech’s revenues grew from $10 million to $100 million in four years.
While running Collectech, McFarland pursued the life-long dream to study with management theorist Peter Drucker — he has completed his coursework and qualifying exams for a doctorate from the Drucker School of Business at Claremont University.
McFarland’s book, The Breakthrough Company — which is being heralded as the Good to Great for growth companies — represents the most exhaustive study of successful growth companies in history. He and his research team spent five years assembling and analyzing a database of more than 7,000 companies — every company to ever be named to Inc. Magazine’s annual list of 500 fastest growing companies. In addition to debuting as #1 on The Wall Street Journal’s best-seller list, the book was also listed on the national best-seller lists of The New York Times, Businessweek, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.