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We offer the best experience and tools in talent management consulting. Our clients agree that "our assessment tools and processes are the best". The part that makes us the most proud though is the statement that follows - "[your] insight and support are what we value the most."

We are located throughout the United States. Through our partnership with TTI Success Insights, we have an extended network of affiliated consultants in 90 countries at our finger tips. That gives us the ability to design and deliver services anywhere in the world without the added expense to you of flying across the globe. We think globally and act locally.

Carl Nielson, Managing Principal Consultant, has over 20 years of experience in the field of strategic human capital management and organization development including leadership development, team and professional development, coaching and talent acquisition. He successfully led a financial turnaround of a global nonprofit professional association and implemented human capital management best practices as Director of Human Resources for a large law firm that resulted in significant improvement in net profit, employee morale and talent retention. He also managed an across-the-board re-engineering project for the HR function of a Fortune 100 company resulting in millions of dollars in HR operational savings and increased HR effectiveness.

Today, Nielson has a diverse group of Fortune 500, Inc 2500 and family-owned business clients that he assists in growing revenue, strengthening leadership talent and cross-functional teams and hiring the best talent using state-of-the-art tools and processes.

Nielson has served on several volunteer boards in key strategic and leadership positions. He also gives back in the form of community service using his expertise to assist high school and college students with career coaching using Career Coaching for Students, a program he developed in 2005 as founder and Chief Discovery Officer of Success Discoveries, He has created several programs for Success Discoveries including Success Discoveries for Couples (SDC), a program for use in premarital counseling, couples retreats and as a self-directed program.  SDC has become a favorite unique and valued wedding gift for newlyweds. 

Nielson has been recognized annually for the past 10 years by TTI Success Insights, a global assessment company, for his active and continuous community service and is a member of TTI's Visionary Partners Forum.

Carl is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (DISC), Professional Motivators Analyst, Professional TriMetrix HD Analyst and is a certified facilitator of The Coaching Clinic for Managers. He is DISC certified, holds an IAC certification as a Relationship Coach and uses a number of organizational and business-focused personal talent assessment tools including the TriMetrix HD suite.

Rajesh (Raj) Tedla, Managing Principal Consultant and Vice President is a highly effective performance transformation coach. Mr. Tedla entered consulting after 13 years with GE where he worked in GE Lighting, GE Aviation and as senior vice president for GE Capital Solutions. While at GE he received the CEO Award for outstanding business performance. His experience spans leadership and organizational development, lean, six sigma, operational improvement, voice of the customer, executive coaching, marketing, process enhancements and customer insights. He has studied, researched, written, designed, trained, and consulted extensively for the past 23 years.

A skilled coach, consultant and mentor, Raj brings the wisdom, experience and proven processes to move executives, leaders, entrepreneurs and individuals to higher stages of personal awareness and effectiveness. Employing a multifaceted approach to individual development, he respectfully provokes and partners with his clients to create authentic strengths-based success from the inside and by their own definition. Raj is described as “personable, insightful, effective, motivational and results oriented” by his coaching clients.

What Mr. Tedla does with individuals he also does with the c-suite in organizations as a Growth Strategist by looking beneath the surface of their companies’ challenges and identifying six to ten initiatives that will kick-start their profit engines, ignite employee productivity and improve their companies’ overall performance.

Mr. Tedla's education and certifications include a BS (Mechanical Engineering), MS (Industrial Technology), MBA (Management), Graduate of Coach University and Corporate Coach University, General Electric Management Development Center – Several Leadership, Strategic Planning, Coaching and Change Management Training Programs His certifications include GE Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt, Master Blackbelt & Quality Leader, Growth Strategist, Certified Professional Behaviors Analyst (CPBA), Certified Professional Values Analyst (CPVA), Certified Professional TriMetrix Analyst, Certified facilitator for The Coaching Clinic, Certified facilitator for Career Coaching for Students, Train-the-trainer Certifications include Lean, Six Sigma, Change Acceleration Process (CAP, Change Management), Innovative Problem Solving, Net Promoter Score (NPS) and Voice of The Customer (VOC), Facilitation skills and Strategic Marketing.

Raj is very active in the community and participates in several non-profit organizations. He is currently board member for Hartford Public High School; Academy of Engineering & Green Technology (AoEGT) program in Connecticut. He is also the founder and chairman of ICAN Foundation, which is dedicated to helping underprivileged children in rural India to gain access to higher education and meaningful employment. Raj received TTI’s Chairman’s award in Jan 2010 for his outstanding services to the community. In 2006, Raj was awarded GE’s most prestigious “Gerald L. Phillippe Award," for his outstanding social contributions and community leadership. He also received GE's JJ Murphy Extra Step” Award in 2005 and 2007 for mentoring and coaching minority and women-owned small business owners and contributing to their continual business growth and success. In 2002 he received the GE Pinnacle Award.

Dr. Michael Abelson, Managing Principal Consultant, produces CEO success stories, engaged and aligned staff and increased organizational profits. Dr. Abelson served as Emeritus Associate Professor at nationally ranked Texas A&M University's Department of Management. He combines his academic credentials in clinical psychology (B.A., M.A.) and business administration (M.B.A., Ph.D.) with his practical experience since 1972 as a manager, consultant, educator, and researcher to meet client’s needs.

Dr. Abelson is an authority on the development of the human resource within organizations, on bringing about organizational change, and effective leadership at all levels of the organization. Dr. Abelson partners with leaders to build exceptionally successful organizations through strategic planning and implementation. He facilitates individual and organizational change and creates effective fit between a) individuals and their jobs (hiring), b) individuals and others on their team (team building), and c) individuals and their staff (leadership).

Michael has consulted with or been involved in training with over 100 organizations, many of which are Fortune 500 companies. He has published over 60 articles, one national best selling book, and his comments have appeared in over 40 television programs, and over 100 newspapers, newsletters, and magazines across the North American continent. He has been invited to give guest lectures at universities throughout the United States and the world. He has given over 800 speeches/seminars to executive audiences internationally on four continents.

Areas of Expertise: Human Resource Management – Interviewing, Selection, Training, Performance Evaluation, Retention/Turnover Systems.Organizational Issues – Strategic Planning/Implementation, Leadership, Change Management, Team Assignment/Development.

Certifications: Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA), Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA), Certified TriMetrix HD Analyst, Certified Master Behavioral Analyst (CMBA).

Jason Kleid, Managing Principal Consultant is an executive coach, sales strategist, team facilitator, and public speaker. He has been in the field of sales since 1971. His clients are throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

His experience in starting and growing two businesses coupled with more than 30 years of selling has contributed to his ability to help his clients overcome many of today’s business challenges. Much of his work focuses on helping sales leaders transform their strengths into HD quality. Jason has been interviewed by the Star Tribune, published in trade journals, written a white paper on the sales process for Techtextil Symposium North America and continues to publish articles in columns for his client’s newsletters. These articles focus on leadership, performance, enhancing communication, sales, best practice and executing winning strategies.

His certifications include: Certified Track Selling System Instructor (CTSSI) Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA), Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA), and Certified Professional TriMetrix® HD Analyst (CPHDA), Certified Emotional Quotient Analyst (CPEQA). Jason has partnered with corporations in many industries, both in the US and abroad. See pictures of workshops.

Dan McNeil is a TNG Partner who founded The McNeill Group in 1994 and has over 17 years experience as an executive coach and 21 years experience in sales & marketing and sales & marketing management. Dan is a Certified Master Coach and serves as CEO of The McNeill Group. Prior to forming his own consulting practice, Dan was co-founder and a principal of McNeill and Collins, a cultural transformation consulting company that worked with large organizations like AT&T, IBM, Florida Power & Light, Philadelphia Power & Light, Lucent Technologies and others.

Dan’s own executive experience was with high-tech firms, both entrepreneurial ventures – in which he helped grow one company from $1 million to $60 million in sales in less than four years – and multi-billion dollar corporations. Dan was one of the pioneers of the then emerging field of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CADCAM), including its application in engineering and construction firms. Dan completed a five year tour of duty in the United States Air Force, which included one year of electronics, radar and communication equipment training and four exciting years at Cape Kennedy.

He received his BS in Mathematics, Philosophy, Business Administration and English from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and his Masters degree in Business Management from Florida State University’s School of Business. Dan is a Certified Coach in Life Planning (World Institute for Life Planning) and a Certified Master Coach (International Coaching Federation).Dan resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Brenda.

Dr. Paula Joyce, Principal Consultant and Self-Empowerment Coach, helps clients attain success, achieve breakthrough thinking and increase productivity.

Paula's services include individual and group coaching, speaking, and facilitating retreats and seminars. When your company wants to truly think outside the box and move beyond Group Think, Dr. Paula can unblock creative potential.

Dr. Paula Joyce's approach incorporates her Ultimate Creative Problem Solving process. With this technique, you will use and integrate both sides of your brain to solve even the most challenging problems.

Author of the bestseller "Nothing But Net", Dr. Paula uses her Creative Problem Solving process with such diverse organizations as American Express Financial Services, Baylor University Medical Center, The Jung Society, The Irving Arts Center, Voluntary Hospital Association, Southwest Human Resources Conference, Fashion Group International Board Retreat, University of Texas Women in Business Leadership Conference and Right Management Consultants.

Classically trained, Dr. Paula did her postdoctoral studies at Yale University in the Cognitive Psychology Department and presents to national and international audiences. As Director of Leadership Development for Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, Dr. Paula coached and trained top level executives.

As someone who has faced many challenges in life, Dr. Paula walks her talk. Despite being told that she would never be able to dance, paint or write creatively, she has become an accomplished Argentine Tango dancer, an artist whose work is shown in museums around the world and an author whose creative writing and poetry have been published. Despite being raised to believe that a woman should never get too much education, work while raising children or be successful in a career, Dr. Paula did postdoctoral work at Yale University in the Cognitive Psychology Department and was Director of Leadership Development for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District where she coached and trained top level executives. She has overcome emotional and psychological abuse and trained herself to see the positive in every experience and feel the gratitude for all of it

An internationally published and translated author, her most recent book, 33 Tips for Self-Empowerment, is available as an e-book and will soon be in print. Her next book, Tango: The Dance of Life, is in preparation.

Some of the topics that Dr. Paula presents to national and international audiences are: Leadership Development, Team Building, Wellness, De-stressing, Life Transitions, Conflict Resolution, Change Management, Overcoming Abuse/Self Empowerment, Strategic Planning, Positive Thinking, Life After Divorce, Nourishment of the Spirit, From Fear to Freedom and Staying Mentally Sharp.

Dr. Paula’s unique work has been highlighted in: The Dallas Morning News, Speaking—“Women to Women”, Texas Jewish Post, WBAP’s Business Program and her radio show, Uplift Your Life with Dr. Paula. You can listen to podcasts of her radio show, Uplift Your Life with Dr. Paula, on her website, or iTunes. Listen to interviews and Dr. Paula's insights on YouTube.

Paula's other passions is in the arts. She is a professional artist whose work is shown internationally in art museums and galleries. Paula creates and sells art work in various media, including acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and silk painting. You can commission special artwork for corporate mission statements and/or abstract art for the walls. Paula also is a fashion designer, who creates one-of-a-kind hand-painted and signed silk wearable art. In addition to items that Paula has in stock, you can commission wearable art.

Specialties: Leadership Development; Stress Management; Team Building; Creative Problem Solving; Health and Spiritual Well-Being; Relationships; Staying Mentally Sharp; Overcoming Abuse; Life Transitions; Planning; Right Brain Thinking