Sydney Finkelstein is a bestselling author and member of the prestigious Thinkers50 list.

Sydney is also a Professor and Director of the Centre for Leadership at Dartmouth College, where he runs the Tuck Executive Programme. His ‘Analysis for General Managers’ programme aims to expand the strategic mindset and leadership skills of those men and women who already occupy senior managerial positions.

Finkelstein was educated at several world class universities including Concordia University (Canada), the London School of Economics (LSE) (UK), and Columbia University (Ph.D.) (US). He has also taught at the University of Southern California and Concordia University.

Sydney has also accrued vast experience teaching in executive development programmes to senior executives, at the following schools: Northwestern, Wharton, Duke, Bocconi, London Business School, Australian Graduate School of Management, Melbourne Business School, Hanoi School of Business, the Chalmers School (Sweden) and the Helsinki School of Economics.

Over the years, Finkelstein has carried out consultancy work for a vast range of multinational companies, where he has provided keynote speeches, or conducted executive development programmes for senior executives.

Some of the organisations include: American Express, Bank of Montreal, Barclays, BlackRock, Boeing, Cerberus, Chevron, Comcast, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, GE, Glaxo, Hitachi, ING, ITT, J&J, JP Morgan Chase, Mayo Clinic, Korn-Ferry, McKinsey, Monsanto, Morgan Stanley, Novartis, Roche, UBS, and United Technologies.

Finkelstein has written several bestselling books including ‘Why Smart Executives Fail’ and has just released a new book entitled, ‘Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders master the Flow of Talent.’

Sydney is a keen writer and regularly contributes articles to a host of leading publications, including Forbes, The Economist, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is also a regular columnist for the BBC.

Sydney Finkelstein is a Strategic Management leader at The Leadership Network, a leadership and management training provider.

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13 Reviews

  • Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
    SVP & Chief Financial Officer

    Our managers loved your talk and I have received a lot of very positive feedback over the past week.  I have been thinking about many of the concepts as well in my everyday work life as I approach decisions and interactions with my team.  Great stuff!!

  • Time Warner Cable
    Group Vice President, Media Operations

    Incredibly timely material with all of the M&A activity in our industry. So important to understand where ‘apparent’ synergies can go wrong. Syd himself was a great facilitator and I appreciated his input and interest throughout the entire program.

  • Global Pharmaceuticals Company
    Country Manager

    I enjoyed his presentation style and his humor. The content was rich and applicable to our current situation. I found many parallels that I need to address in my business and the team I lead.

  • European mid-market manufacturing company

    Syd’s research is fascinating and very relevant to any leader looking to improve.

  • Fortune 500 company
    Board member

    I found the material very helpful, not only for assessing decisions with potentially large impacts but also day-to -day decisions. I have already begun to assess my decisions in the context of the four red flags. Sydney has a great way of leading the discussion and stimulating input from the students.

  • Mainone Cable Nigeria Limited

    Superb. Excellent session, very dynamic, relevant cases. Syd has a great presentation style.

  • Global media company

    Absolutely incredible. Smart with good humor. Archetype of what great sessions should be – great prep reading, presentation clear, well delivered and very pertinent.

  • Asian conglomerate
    Board member

    This was extremely helpful in orienting us to our roles as directors. Great discussion of cases and effective dialogue/discussion with the class. Clearly examined principles, didn’t over complicate, gave us good ideas and principles to use.

  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies
    Senior Vice President

    Syd was a great speaker, thought-provoker with real-world applicability. Maybe my favorite session. So good that I’m interested in exploring bringing him to one of our workshops to speak to our team.

  • Team Marketing and Business Operations, NBA
    Vice President

    Loved this topic and the way Syd interspersed case studies, real-world experience and humor. I thoroughly enjoyed his style and this topic is what so many of us needed.

  • Brand marketing firm

    I very much enjoyed this presentation. It was exciting to look at business from a “higher level”/more strategic perspective. Taking risk and knowing/owning your company core competency was a great discussion for me, and something I can approach my senior leadership with.

  • Global Fortune 500 company
    Senior vice-president

    Syd’s easy give-and-take, probing questions, and obvious expertise in this area made the session intellectually stimulating and professionally useful. My only wish is that his was one of the full day sessions!

  • David S. Schless
    President, American Seniors Housing Association

    I want to thank you for your fabulous presentation last week in Denver. The feedback from our members was extremely positive and I know that our members will also love Superbosses as much as I did!

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