Minahan Group
Organization Strategy & Design

Matt Minahan


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Principal, Matt Minahan & Associates, March, 1997 - present --

a consulting firm specializing in organization design and development, improving leadership, management effectiveness, and decision making, March, 1997 - present

  • Leading consulting teams in the design, facilitation, and implementation of several enterprise-wide change programs, including business strategy, values, mission, business processes, planning systems, structure, communications, management practices, monitoring and evaluation systems

  • Facilitating the ongoing development of a knowledge management organization, responsible for streamlining business processes, developing systems to support business processes, enabling wide-spread access to operational data, technical information, skills inventory, case studies, and best practice

  • Facilitating and strengthening a team of senior scientists in the U. S. federal government, in setting long term direction, medium term priorities, and making resource allocation decisions for nationwide research program

  • Design and facilitation of a major strategic planning and repositioning effort for risk management organization, including scenario writing, market analysis, competitive assessment, benchmarking, leadership development, and succession planning

  • Personal coaching to senior executives leading institutional change programs, including goal setting, communication and involvement strategies, management practices, personal style, use of time, priority setting, and feedback

  • Design and facilitation of an international conference on trade and economic cooperation for governments and major financiers in Africa

  • Design and facilitation of an organization-wide conference on business planning and managerial roles for 150 managers in financial services organization

Adjunct Professor, American University School of Public Affairs

  • Teaching leadership to senior managers in the federal government and organization development to graduate students in the Masters of Science in Organization Development program -- 2012 to present

Visiting Scholar and Lecturer

  • Benedictine University, University of St. Thomas, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, McColl School of Business at Queens University, Doctoral Program in Strategic Leadership Studies at Philadelphia University, Cabrini University -- 2009 to present

Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Business

  • Teaching business school graduate students organization development, in courses such as Group Development and Process, OD Theory, Directed Fieldwork Studies, Case Studies, etc. - January 1997 to 2013

Senior Management Consultant, Institutional Change and Strategy, The World Bank, Washington, DC, 1995 - 1997

  • Led consulting teams in the design, facilitation, and implementation of major institutional change programs, including the Presidential task force on Professional Excellence, Guiding Principles' focus groups, Performance Management task force, bankwide Networks design and implementation. Content areas include: increasing the Bank's client focus and professional excellence, strengthening the Bank's global knowledge and information capacity, developing and testing institutional guiding principles among senior managers and staff, streamlining business processes, improving managerial effectiveness, medium term HR planning, and implementing new bankwide systems and processes.

Manager, Organization Development Program, The World Bank, Washington, DC, 1989 - 1995

  • Developed The Effectiveness Group, a network of internal partners and external consultants, to work on organizational change projects and to development change management capacity within the HR function, providing change management partnerships, internships, and professional mentoring for HR staff

  • Managed staff and consultants who designed and delivered organizational development interventions for senior managers, including strategic planning, business process innovation, job design, and application of new technology

  • Designed, piloted, and delivered Upward Feedback, to provide 360 degree feedback to managers and coordinate feedback and follow-up to departmental attitude surveys

  • Designed and managed bankwide Action Research project to streamline business processes, more fully utilize office technology, and redesign jobs

Senior HR Officer, Change Management, Finance Complex, The World Bank, 1987 - 1989

  • Reorganization -- implemented bankwide managerial and staff selection processes for 700 staff across four vice-presidencies

  • Directed Finance-wide strategic and manpower planning exercises

  • Coordinated training and re-training programs for all staff

  • Coordinated out-placement and counseling assistance

  • Assisted managers with strategic planning, vacancy management, recruitment sourcing, manpower planning, performance management, salary administration, training and development proposals, attitude survey administration and feedback, and annual management reviews

Assistant to the Vice-President, Personnel, The World Bank, 1985 - 1987


  • Designed and implemented Bank-wide managerial and staff
    selection processes and policies

  • Designed and implemented enhanced separation, benefits and relocation package for departing staff

  • Chaired Bank-wide Implementation Monitoring Task Force
    Program Management:Program manager for managerial selection process, responsible for identification and selection of all managers in Operations complex

  • Program Manager for World Bank's strategic skills development project, Bridging the Skills Gap, a $12 million project to identify skills in short supply and to develop appropriate staff to meet the needs

  • Co-chaired committees which designed and implemented job evaluation program and performance appraisal system, including design and production of all Bank-wide communications

Senior Management Development Specialist, Management Development Unit, The World Bank, 1983 - 1985

  • Designed, and delivered major management training effort, the Executive Development Program: a two-year series, including three week-long residential courses and on-going consultation

  • Supported the design, implementation, and training for performance planning and review process and managed communications for bankwide job evaluation process

Senior Consultant, Human Resource Management, Arthur Young and Co., Washington, D.C., 1982 - 1983. Strategic planning, performance management, conference design, management development for:

  • US Secretary of Energy

  • US Secretary of Labor

  • US Assistant Secretary of Labor (OSHA)

  • The Army Research Institute

  • The Maryland Department of Transportation

  • The Bonneville Power Authority

Consultation Experience:

  • Designed and facilitated several division-level strategic planning retreats

  • Designed and implemented MBO system for US Department of Energy, including a three-day course in Performance Appraisal Counseling

  • Completed major performance study of the impact of member rotation on US Army cohort units

  • Designed and implemented major review of human resource management functions and systems for Bonneville Power Authority

  • Developed performance appraisal and management development processes for Maryland State Department of Transportation

Consultant, Organizational Development, Executive Programs, Inc., West Hartford, CT, 1979 - 1982

Strategic planning, management development, team building, and training for:

  • Connecticut Department of Social Services

  • Connecticut Library Association

  • Gilmore Broadcast Group

  • CSB Inc.

  • LaSallette National Headquarters

  • Special Olympics

  • Easter Seals Foundation

Program Manager, Sound Media Inc., Meriden, CT, 1975 - 1979


Ed. D., Organization and Human Resource Development, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1994. Dissertation title: The Impact of Group Decision Support (GDS) Systems on Groups: An Ethnographic Study

M.S., Management and Organizational Behavior, University of Hartford School of Business, West Hartford, CT, 1982. Thesis study: Leadership and Organizational Culture

B.A., Communication -- Radio, Television, and Film, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1975


White House Conference on Productivity, co-authored paper and presented, "Productivity in Government"

Online moderator of ODNet, an international electronic discussion forum of the Organization Development Network -- ongoing

Planning Committee and Online Facilitator -- "Collaborate 98: A Virtual Conference on Virtual Teams"

Planning Committee, Organization Development Network National Conference, New Orleans, LA

Past Board Member, Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network

Past vice-president, International Association of Quality Circles, DC chapter

Invited participant, Revisioning the ODN of the Future, National Organization Development Network

Presenter, Electronic Networking Association 1990 Conference, Subject: "Supporting Organizational Change Using Technology"

Presenter, Maryland Center for Productivity, "Gainsharing for Senior Level Managers”

Presenter, Information and Technology Expo, George Washington University

Past Board Member, Centers for the Handicapped, Inc., Hillandale, MD

Participant, National Training Labs: Management Work Conference and Weir Lab

Participant, The Tavistock CEGO Conference on Group Relations

Member, The Meta Network, international computer conference of OD and HR professionals