David Shaked has more than 25 years’ experience of changing organisations in a positive way. He uses flexible, creative and practical strength-based approaches to help individuals and teams. It leads to fresh thinking, inspiring visions and the unlocking of problems.
David is an experienced practitioner, trainer and thought leader of several strength-based and dialogic approaches to change such as Appreciative Inquiry, Solution Focus Coaching, Positive Deviance and Positive Psychology. He regularly designs and leads organisational development interventions and training programmes. His areas of exeprtise are: high-engagement strategic planning, efficiency improvement, team building, coaching, leadership development, and whole-system change.
David established Almond Insight in 2008. His clients included: Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKiline, Boehringer-Ingelheim, NHS UK, Deloitte, Shelter, Carmignac Gestion, Lyle & Scott, Utrecht Council, UK Ministry of Defence, Medtronic, MTS, PwC, Novartis and Nestle. . He has worked all across Europe, the USA, the Middle East, India and China. Previously he worked at Johnson and Johnson as a Lean Six Sigma business improvement leaders and Master Black Belt. In that role he led process improvement projects in sales, marketing, finance, IT, HR, customer services and order fulfilment.
His first book ‘Strength-based Lean Six Sigma’ was published in 2013. In it he presents a ground-breaking strength-based approach to process and efficiency improvement. It combines the rigour of Lean Six Sigma with the energy, creativity and engagement of strength-based change. This blended approach helps build a more positive, engaging and sustainable culture of continuous improvement.
In 2019 he co-authored another book “AI5 – How to unleash the full power of Appreciative Inquiry” together with Claire Lustig and Bernard Tollec. The book introduces an innovative framework that captures the wholeness of AI.
David is a full member of NTL (a leading OD practitioner group) as well as a board member of ASFIO. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and an MBA (University of Texas-Austin).
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