Marc Muchnick serves as President of People First Group, LLC, an organizational consulting firm specializing in developing leaders, engaging employees, improving performance, and coaching managers as well as project teams for over 20 years. Dr. Muchnick has also taught as an online professor and research mentor for 15 years in the Ph.D. and MBA programs at Capella University’s School of Business and Technology in which he has chaired over 70 doctoral research dissertations and taught over 150 courses.
Marc is the author of the following books: The Leadership Pill (with Ken Blanchard), Naked Management: Bare Essentials for Managing the X-Generation at Work, and No More Regrets! 30 Ways to Greater Happiness and Meaning in Your Life. In addition he has a blog column on PscyhologyToday.com. Dr. Muchnick received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the California School of Professional Psychology and his B.A. from the University of Texas Plan II Honors Program.
Marc’s client list includes leading organizations such as Marriott Hotels, Invitrogen, Sony, Dell Computers, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Reserve Bank, Hilton Hotels, Delta Air Lines, Boeing, McDonald’s, IBM, AT&T Wireless, Fidelity Investments, Zales Jewelers, Estee Lauder Companies, Cox Communications, Restaurant.com, Petco, JC Penney, Aveda Salons, National Car Rental, Cigna Healthcare, Bayer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotels, University of Nebraska, Symantec, Republic Waste Services, Jupiter Investment Group, Nokia, Qwest Communications, Novartis, Rite Aid, Warehouse Rack, Alamo Car Rental, Siemens, Cargill, Univar, Glaxo SmithKline, American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AMFT), Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), and Project Management Institute (PMI).
Marc lives in San Diego with his wife, two children and dog Stella Blu, and he is in his 21st year as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of America.
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