About

Strategy first
Blake Bowersock

My consulting experience began in 2003 working for Accenture out of Dallas. After eight years, I relocated to Chicago to help shape Ernst & Young's re-emerging advisory practice. I launched my independent consultancy in 2016 before contracting with Lowe's Companies in 2017 and Kates Kesler Organization Consulting in 2019. I was born into a long lineage of independent retail grocers in northeastern Oklahoma where I learned about business, independence, customer satisfaction, value, and attention to detail. I cherish each client relationship built since 2003, committing to unrivaled client and customer service as my top priority.

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Wishbone refers to an American football offensive scoring scheme with roots dating back to the 1950s. Though rarely seen on the field today, the name is intended to reflect strategy, execution, persistence, and achievement.

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Competencies

Organization Design

  • Organization Assessment

  • Empathy Interviewing

  • Operating Model Design

  • Organizational Capability Clarification

  • Enterprise and Functional Design

  • Strategy and Vision Clarification
  • Talent Development

  • Org Design Training

  • Workshop Facilitation

Change Management

  • Change Strategy 

  • Stakeholder Management and Engagement

  • Communication Planning and Execution

  • ​Training Design and Development

  • Change Readiness

  • Change Impact Identification and Analysis

​Business Management

  • Strategic Visioning and Journey Mapping 

  • System Implementation

  • Process Improvement

  • Performance Support

  • Risk Mitigation

  • Executive Reporting and Project Management

Check out Kates Kesler's latest book, 'Network, Scaled, and Agile' just released March 2021.

CliftonStrengths™

StrengthsFinder 2.0 was introduced in 2007 and does a great job of focusing on what a person does especially well in hopes that individuals will find opportunities to showcase their talents and abilities rather than focusing on their inabilities. My most recent top five strengths are:

1. Strategic - People with strong Strategic talents bring creative anticipation, imagination, and persistence to the groups and projects they work on. They can quickly weigh alternative paths and determine the one that will work best and most efficiently. They find the best route moving forward.

2. Activator - People exceptionally talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They want to do things now, rather than simply talk about them.

3. Responsibility - The genius of those with strong Responsibility talents stems from the deep sense of dedication and ownership they feel toward the things they commit to. They are people of their word, and others know they can rely on and trust them.

4. Individualization - People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively

5. Command - People with strong Command bring decisiveness and emotional clarity. They have the ability to bring to light what is often avoided or unstated. This gives them the ability to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings.

Visit strengths.gallup.com to learn more about StrengthsFinder 2.0 and all 34 strengths.

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