Douglas Ready

Senior Lecturer


Douglas Ready

Douglas A. Ready is a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is the Founder and CEO of the International Consortium for Executive Development Research (ICEDR), a premier global HR talent academy for nearly forty world-class companies and more than twenty-five top-tier business schools. For more than two decades, Doug has been bringing together many of the world’s best companies and business schools to share innovations and excellent practice in talent, leadership and strategic change.

Doug is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on strategic talent management and executive development. He is the author of many highly popular Harvard Business Review articles including “The Power of Collective Ambition,” “The Hallmarks of a Game-Changing Talent Strategy”, “Are You a High Potential?” “Make Your Company a Talent Factory,” “Winning the Race for Talent in Emerging Markets,” and “How to Grow Great Leaders.” He is also the author of several acclaimed MIT Sloan Management Review articles including: “Developing the Next Generation of Enterprise Leaders”, “Enabling Bold Visions,” “Leading at the Enterprise Level,” “How Storytelling Builds Next Generation Leaders,” and “Why Leadership Development Efforts Fail.” His writings have also appeared in the Financial Times, Business Strategy Review, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. In 2008 he received the highly coveted Marion F. Gislason Award for excellence in the field of leadership and executive development. In addition, Business Horizons recognized Doug as one of the world’s Leadership Gurus.  Doug has been named multiple times to Thinkers50, the premier ranking of the world’s top thought leaders.

Doug is an active advisor to CEOs and top executive teams around the world on developing companies’ enterprise leadership teams and implementing strategic and cultural change.  He has worked with senior leaders at Hess Oil, RBC Financial Group, HSBC, Four Seasons, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LG Group, Ford Motor Company, Continental AG, Samsung Group, United Technologies and the United States Federal Reserve, among others.

Prior to serving as Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, Doug taught at UNC’s  Kenan-Flagler Business School and  London Business School.  He earned his Masters in Management from Harvard University and the PhD from Cranfield University in the UK.


Faculty Media

  • The transformation challenge and the change leader’s job — Doug Ready

    There are at least five embedded tensions that make the successful implementation of enterprise transformations persistently difficult.

  • [Webinar] Game-Changing Talent Strategy: From Inspiration to Implementation

    Effective organizational leadership means connecting the dots between vision and strategy. MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Douglas Ready provides a leadership formula with game-changing results. Watch now.

  • A Conversation with Doug Ready About the Longing for Purpose

    In theory as well as organizational practice, the discussion on organizational purpose currently seems to be en vogue. For many years, Doug Ready has been at the forefront of research in this field.

  • The Purpose-Driven Enterprise

    Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, sits down with Doug Ready, Sloan School of Management professor, to talk about “game-changing organizations” that aim to put trust...

  • Leading Enterprise Wide Transformation and the Change Leader’s Job

    In this article, Doug Ready discusses the five embedded tensions that cause transformation difficulties and what can great change leaders do to improve these odds.

  • Cracking the Culture Code of a Great Company

    MIT Sloan Professor Doug Ready on game-changing organizations.

  • 4 Things Successful Change Leaders Do Well

    "From my research and work, here are the four things I’ve found that virtually all successful change leaders do really well," writes MIT Sloan's Doug Ready.

  • How to Get Employees Passionate About a New Mission

    When you need to rally the troops behind a new company goal or mission, what do you do?

  • Thinkers50 Community Video Blog

    The Thinkers50 Community Video Blog features targeted insights from across our community. Here are two new ideas from Doug Ready’s research.

  • Getting Employees Excited About a New Direction

    When your company is in trouble—a new competitor threatens your business model, your cost structure changes, the economy tanks—you have one job as a leader: to get the company back on track.


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Teaches In

Advanced Management Program May 29-Jun 29, 2018

Building Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People Oct 10-11, 2017 | Mar 22-23, 2018 | Jun 14-15, 2018 | Nov 1-2, 2018

Implementing Enterprise-Wide Transformation Oct 16-17, 2017 | Mar 27-28, 2018 | Jun 19-20, 2018 | Nov 6-7, 2018

Game-Changing Talent Strategy: From Inspiration to Implementation
Learn what it takes to develop world-class talent and a high-engagement culture.