About Bob Gower
BUILDING BETTER ORGANIZATIONS
For more than 10 years Bob Gower led creative teams as design director at the San Jose Metro and San Francisco Examiner and helping to establish digital presences for companies like MSNBC, Elance, Newsweek, and Discovery.
As a product leader for Silicon Valley startups, including MaestroConference and Genius Inc., he became expert in agile software development and lean theory.
TEACHING CLARITY FROM COMPLEXITY
Bob is a coach and consultant, helping apply agile, lean, and positive psychology at companies like Ford, Travelers, Spotify, and General Electric.
He currently changes the way companies work as a member of the organization design firm The Ready.
In addition to his work with businesses, Bob does leadership coaching and teaches Responsive Organizational Design at Monterrey Center for Higher Learning of Design (CEDIM) in Mexico. His students are eager to apply responsive practices in a variety of fields and come from backgrounds in design, engineering, entrepreneurship, corporate business, advertising and marketing, education, arts, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and more.
Education & Principles
I was one of the first people in the world to earn an MBA focused on Sustainable Management, studying an organization’s impact on social systems and the environment in addition to studying the value it delivers to customers or its financial performance. I also earned a certificate in Positive Psychology, focusing on what makes us thrive as individuals and communities, what engages us and gives our lives meaning.
My expertise in these areas, and my knowledge and application of agile and lean principles, gives me a holistic view of complex systems. Complexity should not prevent a company from achieving clarity in processes, in mission or in culture.
With a point of view that encompasses the organizational and the individual, my work inspires personal and professional growth in team leaders, aligns workers around a mission, and builds better organizations in the process.
THE BEST BOOKS ON MY SHELF
Browsing someone’s actual bookshelves may have fallen out of fashion, personal libraries – even digital ones – can still illuminate the character of a person. Here’s a collection of books that have influenced Bob’s life and work. Some new, some old, some mainstream and some obscure.