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Alan Willett is the founder and president of Alan Willett Consulting.

About Alan

Alan has been called to bring his expertise to many parts of the globe, including Ireland, England, Portugal, India, Turkey, South Africa and of course many parts of the United States of America. He has consulted with high technology organizations around the world, ranging from small startups to such giants as Comcast, ASM, Orbital ATK, NASA, Microsoft, and Oracle.

Alan is the author of the book Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People, which won the distinction of being named a Soundview Business Book of the Year in 2017.

According to Noopur Davis, Sr. Vice President of Technology and Product at Comcast,

Your difficult people are often extremely valuable when turned in the right direction. Read this! Better yet, understand the concepts in this book and use them!”

History

Before his work as a consultant, Alan Willett spent 20 years building and delivering superior integrated software-hardware products to the marketplace.

Originally a software engineer, he quickly took on management positions as a result of his strong organizational skills and commitment. At Xerox, he was part of the management team that created Xerox’s first ever digital print production system.

Alan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in the Management of Technology and Organizational Change. He designed his master’s degree around the art of culture-change in the fast-paced world of technology. In his career, Alan has worked side by side with executives and leading experts from around the world.

 

 

 

You may see the word “Oxseeker” periodically on copyright notices and or on Alan’s contracts.

What is Oxseeker?

Simply, Oxseeker is the name the consulting business incorporated under in May of 2011. The name “Oxseeker” is metaphor the quest for excellence. The ox is, in some older cultures, a metaphor for enlightenment or excellence. This is especially prevalent in Zen poetry.

Print by Master Gyokusei Jikihara

“Alan is impressive. In my working with Alan, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to recognize the essence of complex issues, to define practical solutions, and to lead management and team members to implement these solutions.”

Watts Humphrey, IBM, Software Engineering Institute
Honored with the National Medal of Technology by President George W. Bush

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“Our morale was suffering and overtime and heroics were the norm. With Alan’s consulting, we transformed into a highly productive, enjoyable organization where top talent lined up to join our team. David VanEpps

Marketing Technology Direction, Acxiom

“Change is not easy but Alan can make it look like it is. Alan provided the trifecta of what we needed: breakthrough insights, relentless focus on VALUE, and the magic ability of getting buy-in with key stakeholders. Don Sevey

Director of Information Technology, Cornell University

Case Studies

A Paradigm Shift in Leadership

A Paradigm Shift in Leadership

The CEO of a 500+ person high-tech development organization had recently hired a very strong CTO. He began to wonder if perhaps he was “too strong?” The CTO seemed to be doing the right things, but in doing so was upsetting many of organization’s employees.

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