Organization Strategy & Transformation

Erin Burns


Erin is a principal with RBL where her client work includes organization design, executive coaching, and consulting in leadership development, and Co-Faculty/Coach with Dave Ulrich at HR Learning Partnership (HRLP). She has almost 20 years of experience in leadership development, executive coaching, and organization design and transformation consulting with clients from a range of industries.

She has worked closely with many of RBL’s research initiatives, including the Top Companies for Leaders (with AonHewitt and Fortune) and the Human Resource Competency Study (with the University of Michigan) and has been responsible for the development of new products and methodologies.

Erin has almost 20 years’ experience in leadership development and consulting, working with Fortune 500 companies from a range of industries on how to best identify and develop tomorrow’s leaders. She is also the author of several articles, including “Competency Models with Impact” (with Dave Ulrich and Laurence Smith), “How Top Companies Develop Their Leaders” (with Robert Gandossy), “Gauging Leadership Potential” (with T. O. Jacobs), “Top Companies for Leaders Research Report” (with Dave Ulrich), ”Building Capability: HR Strategic Partnering Skills (with Mark Nyman), “The Evolving Diversity Agenda” (with Dave Ulrich), and “Making Better Hiring Decisions: Evaluating Cognitive Capability and Personality Fit” (with Michael Friedman).

Prior to joining the consulting world, Erin worked at Harvard University Press where she was involved in the acquisition and production of books by some of the world’s leading thinkers.

Erin has an MBA from The University of Michigan Business School (now Ross School of Business).

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