Lee J. Colan, Ph.D.

Lee J. Colan

Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. is co-founder of The L Group, Inc., a leadership advisory firm that has been equipping and encouraging leaders since 1999. 

He is an organizational psychologist and CEO advisor. He possesses rare combination of skills as a corporate executive, business consultant, thought leader, prolific author, artful facilitator and engaging presenter.

Lee applies in-depth understanding of business, science, people and organizations to help leaders and organizations grow.  As a result, he quickly helps leaders bring order where there is chaos, clarity where there is ambiguity and growth where there is stagnation.  

He is a John C. Maxwell Leadership Award finalist and Thinkers50 nominee for Top Management Thinker globally.  

Lee has authored 15 popular leadership books that have been translated into 10 languages, including the bestselling Engaging the Hearts and Minds of All Your Employees and Stick with It: Mastering the Art of Adherence. He has also created over 50 products that equip and encourage leaders at every level.

Lee brings 25 years of hands-on industry and consulting experience to his clients. He worked in various leadership roles with American Airlines, Sandoz (Novartis) and FoxMeyer (McKesson). He also held consulting positions with two premier firms: Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Mercer. His last corporate post was as Vice President for Physician Reliance Network (U.S. Oncology), one of the fastest growing NASDAQ companies at the time.

Lee currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pacific Seafood Group, the largest fully integrated seafood company in North America.  He is a former director for Aztec Systems who was ultimately sold to a private equity firm.  He also served on the Advisory Board for ASSET InterTech.

Lee regularly gifts his time to numerous individuals and agencies. Some of those agencies include The United Way, North Texas Food Bank and Grace Bridge. 

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In addition to his hands-on industry and consulting experience, Lee earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Organizational Psychology from George Washington University after graduating from Florida State University. 

Virtually every Fortune 500 company has experienced the positive impact of Lee's practical insights and approach, as have many smaller companies (see full client listing here):

Amedisys ♦ American Heart Association - National Center ♦ Amcor PET Packaging ♦ AmeriSource ♦ Bergen Specialty Group ♦ AT&T Wireless Services ♦ AutoTrader.com ♦ BlueCross BlueShield ♦ Cinemark ♦ Cumberland Farms ♦ Crosstex Energy Services ♦ CVS Health ♦ Dave & Busters Dollar Tree Stores Fossil ♦ Ernst & Young Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co. ♦ International Paper ♦ Gibraltar Industries ♦ Jiffy Lube Association of Franchisees ♦ Jo-Ann Stores ♦ Johnson Controls ♦ Kimball International ♦ KPMG ♦ LongHorn Steakhouse  Medical Staffing Network ♦ Memorial Healthcare ♦ Methodist Healthcare ♦ Nationmwide Nestle ♦ Newfield Exploration ♦ Nueterra Healthcare ♦ Pegasus Solutions ♦ Pier 1 Imports ♦ Safety-Kleen ♦ Senior Living Properties ♦  Sterling Jewelers (Kay and Jarred) ♦ State Farm ♦ Texas Instruments ♦ The CEO Institute ♦ The Hartford ♦ The Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino ♦ TRANE ♦ ULTA Beauty ♦ Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA) ♦ Walmart Yum! Brands




What a smashing success!  Lee, you were awesome and the feedback has been really positive.  Many are already requesting various follow-up tools.  Thank you very much for your significant contribution to our sales leadership conference as we climb higher and higher!

Tom Vanderheyden
Senior Vice President, Americas Sales

Lee's passionate message was clearly supported by deep, real-world experience and research. His dynamic style and storytelling ability engage the audience and focus his message. I had significant take aways both times that I heard him speak. I would strongly recommend him to any group of business leaders that wants to become better at executing strategy and engaging their team.

Scott Rice
Powerlink Facilities Management Services

Thank you so much for coming and presenting to the Care Management Team! They were very impressed and very excited to get your book. They actually discussed many of your points during their presentations. Could not have been better, so thank you! Again, thanks so much for making this conference extra special!

Lisa Stoudt
Vice President

I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks for your outstanding, upbeat and interactive presentation! You provided my team with solid strategies and ideas to live by this year and many years to come. We have received great feedback from our team, everyone here is truly excited to start reading your book, Sticking to It!

Theresa G. Ghafari
President and CEO,
G-TECH Services, Inc.

Lee, you put on an amazing presentation today. The feedback following the event was tremendous.

Alan Miller
President, Wealth Management and Private Bank
Texas Capital Bank

We appreciate and value the time you invested in speaking with our group.  Great presentation with a great message for all of us! Very inspiring!  THANK YOU again for sharing your wisdom… it means more than you know!

Bruce W. Waller
Vice President, Corporate Relocation
Armstrong Relocation and Companies

Just a quick note to let you know how much everyone enjoyed the day. I have never seen such participation from our members and the feedback has been fabulous. Thank you so much for taking the time to spend the day with us. I know I will refer to your book often for guidance in the future. Thanks for such great information that crosses all walks of life.

Kim McGeoghegan
Member Services Coordinator
Golden State Risk Management Authority

Lee was great! He did a very good job of meeting us where we're at in our transition and keyed in on the right topics. The feedback was positive across the board, plenty of value to the company and to individuals.

Bob Dill

Lee, thanks again for speaking at our annual Fiber Seal meeting. You were greatly received by all of our group!

Jeff Mattich
Fiber Seal

I want to thank you for the excellent training you provided to my Leadership Team yesterday. They told me it was the best training they have ever received! Quite a compliment coming from my group.

Chick Jerasa
Gibraltar Industries
Group President

Lee, thank you for your tremendous presentation. We were all inspired by your lessons - I referenced many of them during my address to the whole team after your departure. Once again, I thank you for stepping in on such short notice and delivering such a powerful and well-received presentation.

Ari Haseotis
President and COO
Cumberland Farms

Lee Colan is a passionate, persuasive and empowering speaker. Recently, he spoke at one of my leadership team meetings where part of our focus was on professional development. His thorough preparation resulted in a "spot-on session." He incorporated the theme of our meeting directly into his presentation; connected with us individually and as a cohesive team; and taught us how to manage the demands for our leadership attention even more effectively. Lee's astute perspective on the ways and means to accomplish more goals and be more productive resulted in overwhelming positive feedback from the attendees. Furthermore, his interpersonal skills and dynamic presentation style inspired us all, making him one of our most relevant and memorable speakers. Thank you!

Ronald G. Rossetti, Esq.
Associate Vice President, Trial Division
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

I wanted to thank you for an amazing leadership training session for our Business Team. I have attended many corporate training programs over the years but not one that has ever helped me focus and apply positive tools that help me both in business and in my personal life. What you are doing is awesome!

Tami Barrier Fugitt
Executive Consultant
Rodan + Fields Dermatologists

WOW! So many people came up and said how you were speaking directly to them. They loved you! Lee, you challenged our teams to laser focus in on our dreams and goals in a non-threatening, humorous way. Then, you tied it all together to help us REACH FOR THE STARS! THANK YOU!

Terri Schmidt
Executive Consultant
Rodan + Fields Dermatologists

Lee, wow, what a great presentation you delivered for the American Society of Training and Development! Thank you for kicking off this workshop with great energy and application. We had so many positive comments and we appreciated you returning to participant in the panel discussion. You are the best!

Mary Anne Wihbey
Peak Performance Solutions

I was just amazed with your capacity for adjusting! With rushing to Singapore, getting your luggage delayed, rushing to buy appropriate clothing for your conference presentation, delivering your keynote only three hours after landing, and finally winning the entire audience of 400 leaders with your candid narration, meaningful content and wit! That was breathless for me!

Wilfred James

Lee was terrific and very motivational! His remarks were spot on regarding our approach to change. It was like he has been in our meetings all week, he really understands what we are going through, Amazing!.

Phil Moehlenpah
Director, Sales

Thank you for speaking at our Association meeting. With over 300 professionals in attendance, it takes a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker to captivate the audience. Your presentation was nothing short of excellent!  Your ability to effectively communicate to audiences of all sizes is a unique talent and one that I value highly.

Karen Cunningham, SPHR
Director, Human Resources
Network Multi-Family

As the keynote speaker at our recent executive leadership development session, Lee Colan was a huge success.  He was able to connect with the audience, share meaningful insights, and inspire our leaders to action.  His willingness to understand his audience and tailor his message to meet our needs made his presentation even more valuable.  Lee truly walks the talk...delivering a clear, simple message that hits home and is applicable to all.

Forrest Large
Manager Organizational Development
Johnson Controls

Lee is, perhaps, one of the most gifted presenters – one cannot help but be impressed having heard him speak.  Lee is a credible, helpful, and quite interesting resource.  For a Ph.D., Lee doesn't pile it higher and deeper.  Actually, Lee is a regular guy without all the fluff.  He can walk the talk and what he says really will help you, if you'll just walk along on his path.

Denis G. Simon
Senior Executive Vice President
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

I always look forward to Lee Colan’s executive briefings – his topics are timely, his style is engaging and his message always lends itself to immediate practical application.  I always take away some nugget of information that I can use immediately within my organization.

Brad Kimball
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources
Bank of America

Thank you for a great, motivational speech!  There was a great buzz by all as everyone was leaving.  Every seemed to have an "Ah-ha" moment.  A nubmer of participants told me how refreshing and relatable you rmessage was.  They also said they planned to make changes immediately to their daily haibts.  Thank you for making a difference!

Tom Wortham
Director, Business Development
The MI Group

Lee is an excellent speaker.  He is always well prepared and speaks with much enthusiasm and strong presence.  He is very professional in his style of speaking and very knowledgeable in his area of expertise, which is organization development and corporate dynamics.

Gary Siegel
Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Lee seems to have the rare quality of bringing new insights to what seems to many of us as ongoing business issues.  His points are always specific and relevant, not to mention very much logical and practical.

Joe Bosch
Chief Human Resources Officer

Lee Colan has the ability to breakdown complex organizational dynamics and come up with a systematic framework for implementing practical solutions.

Lane Kramer
The CEO Institute

Lee has an innate ability to deliver very strong messages, strategies and solutions in a very straightforward and simple manner.  He does not consume you with esoteric buzz words and ambiguity.

Jason K. Whitehair
Vice President, Human Resources
LHP Hospital Group

Lee Colan had his work cut out for him when he came to speak to Hunt's executive staff about "sticking to it".  The room was filled with engineers, accountants, tax accountants and attorneys, certainly one of the most analytical groups you could imagine.  The group had developed a wonderful strategic plan for growth but for some reason the growth wasn't following the plan.  Lee's presentation combined excellent visuals along with amusing but to the point anecdotes to convince the group that the "Art of Adherence" does make the difference between reaching your goal or not.  He made a room full of believers that day.

Terri Woods
Vice President
Hunt Petroleum Corp.

In the 45 minutes that Lee spoke I received more information than hours of class and seminars.  One pagers and templates that Lee uses are great for directing the thought process but they require active participation which personalizes the information.

Mark A. Blinn

These types of presentations and sessions are usually worthless and everyone goes just for the food, however in your case I have to say that "the meat" was not just on the plate. In other words, it was a VERY worthwhile use of my time.

David Lloyd
Area President
HQ Global Workplaces

I commend you on an outstanding presentation.  The material was spot on and usable in the real world.

Jack Brooks
Chief Administrative Officer
Airband Communications

You put on an impressive and cogent presentation! First class. On the unsolicited front...I recommend you consider creating and selling books/tapes, and find yourself a speaker's agent. You've obviously got what it takes to compete with the keynote crowd.

Cruce Saunders

WELL DONE!  I thought it was a great event.  You are a gifted communicator who also has relevant content!

Scott Sonju
President and Co-Owner
Frisco RoughRiders Baseball

I found your presentation to to be very interesting and informative. It is not often that one hears from Yoda, Eripides and Rocky in the same presentation! I can see why you have such raving fans in the business community.

Cynthia Stine
Joseph Sullivan LLC & Associates

You did a great job and thank you so much for helping our team.

Brady Camp
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