Photo of Neil SamuelsNeil Samuels is a respected coach, mentor, and innovative thinker who has worked with senior leaders on six continents to help them develop themselves, their teams, and their organizations as they navigate through complex, large-scale change. In his final role with BP, Neil served in London as manager of organization development for Europe, leading a team of consultants serving 30,000 employees in 13 countries.

Since starting his own consulting practice, Profound Conversations, Inc., his clients have included Aviva Investors, Rolls Royce, Glaxo Smith Kline, Celebrity Cruise Lines, BP, Stantec Engineering, the U.S. Geological Survey, International Fluid Power Society, TransGlobe Energy, Kimberly Clark, and Danish Oil and Natural Gas.

An expert in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, Neil served as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. He has published in the education, management, and organizational development fields in the US and UK and has presented his work at the Academy of Management, the International Conference on Appreciative Inquiry, and the National Safety Council Congress.

Selected Publications Include:

  • Safety Conversations: Catching Drift and Weak Signals, in Professional Safety, January 2015
  • Mindful Conversations for Relationship-Based Safety, a Presentation at the National Safety Council Congress, September 2014
  • Diversity, Inclusion and the Ladder of Inference, in Handbook of Strategic HR, p. 147-152, American Management Association, 2012
  • The Appreciative Governance Summit: Creating the Social Architecture for Engagement, Innovation, and Productivity, in Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, May 2012 (with Bernard Mohr)
  • Organization Design Principles for Appreciative Governance, in Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, November 2011 (with Cheri Torres)
  • Strength-Based Assessment for Individual and Team Development, in OD Practitioner Vol. 42 No. 3, (with Joan Hoxsey) 2010
  • Brilliant! The Heathside School Story: A Case Study of Whole School Transformation using Appreciative Inquiry, Kingsham Press Ltd., U.K.: July 2009