When Goliaths Clash - Managing Executive Conflict to Build a More Dynamic Organization

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 Guttman, Howard M.     When goliaths clash: managing executive conflict to build a more    dynamic organization / Howard M. Guttman.        p.  cm.      Includes bibliographical references and index. 
ISBN 0-8144-0749-8

1. Conflict management. 2. Organizational change. I. Title.

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To Jacqueline, my partner in life and work, with much love and appreciation

About the Author

Howard M. Guttman is the principal of Guttman Development Strategies, Inc., which was founded in 1989 and is located in Ledgewood, New Jersey. GDS, Inc. is a management consulting firm focusing on the areas of executive development, management development, and organization development in the United States and internationally. With a current staff of sixteen consultants , GDS clients represent a wide range of industries and include Colgate-Palmolive, L'Oral USA, Sara Lee Corporation, Campbell Soup, HBO, The New York Times , Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Motorola.

Guttman's corporate experience includes Johnson & Johnson, where he was director of human resources at Personal Products Co. In this capacity, he was responsible for organization development, management development, employee relations, EEO affirmative action, recruiting, and employee services. Previously, he served as national manager of human resources development and general manager of headquarters personnel at Johnson & Johnson.

Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Guttman was senior organizational development consultant for Automatic Data Processing (ADP). At both Johnson & Johnson and ADP, he specialized in internal consulting, focusing on the development of marketing and sales organizations, team development, total employee involvement, diversity/mentoring, organizational structuring, and leadership training.

Guttman has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 corporations, universities, and nonprofit organizations in the United States and internationally. He has spoken at various professional conferences on topics such as "Executive Development," "Consulting at the Board Level," "Accelerating Organization Development," "Strategic Training Initiatives," and "Cross-Functional Team Development."

Additionally, Guttman frequently appears on television and radio and in the print media, including MSNBC, New Jersey News 12 , Comcast Network's One on One , The Star Ledger , WMAQ Chicago, Management Review Magazine , and Business News New Jersey .

Guttman holds a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University's School of Applied Social Sciences. He was previously affiliated with the Graduate School of Management at Rutgers University as a professor of organization behavior and management consulting. Guttman was also an adjunct professor of behavioral consulting at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Graduate School of Psychology.


Many people helped to make this book possible, not the least of whom are the many clients from organizations around the world who gave their time to be interviewed and shared their stories and insights. This group of respected business leaders includes:

Joseph Amado

VP Information Services

Philip Morris U.S.A.

Roy Anise

VP Market Info & Planning

Philip Morris U.S.A.

Joe Campinell


L'Oral Consumer Products

Michael Carey

Corporate Vice President H.R.

Johnson & Johnson

Lee Chaden

Senior VP H.R.

Sara Lee Corporation

John Doumani


Campbell Soup

Lew Frankfort

Chairman & CEO


Susan Fullman

Corporate VP & Director


Sheila Hopkins

VP and General Manager


Lois Huggins

VP of Org Development & Diversity

Sara Lee Corporation

Manuel Jessup

VP of Sara Lee Underwear, Sara Lee Socks, and Latin America North

Sara Lee Corporation

Gerard Kells

VP Human Resources

Johnson & Johnson

Paul S. Michaels

Regional President, America, for Mars, Inc.

Masterfoods, USA

Julia Nenke

Human Resources Director

Foxtel, Inc.

Patrick Parenty

Sr. VP & General Manager

Redken, U.S.A.

David Phelps

Vice President


Jean-Paul Rigaudeau

Managing Director

Johnson & Johnson, Germany

Peter Wentworth

Vice President, Global H.R.

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Linda Woltz


Sara Lee Underwear

Anthony Zezzo

VP & General Manager, U.S. Sales & Marketing

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.

I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of my colleagues at Guttman Development Strategies, Inc., who have been my professional family for many years . Collectively, this group has helped to shape my thinking and enabled me to grow as a consultant. They include Carol Bocchino, Robert DeSimone, Pete Elder, June Halper, Marty Kurtz, Mark Landsberg, Larry Neiman, Klaus Oebel, Thom Radice, Fred Schmitt, Steve Sperling, Linda Thompson, Barbara Weber, and Joe Wions.

Specific individuals who were interviewed, providing models and illustrative examples for the book, include Robert DeSimone, Marty Kurtz, Klaus Oebel, and Fred Schmitt. Content reviewers who provided critique, detailed suggestions, and support include Mel Benjamin, June Halper, Marty Kurtz, Mark Landsberg, Fred Schmitt, Dr. Alan Stavitsky, and Joe Wions.

Special thanks go to my executive assistant, Kathy Cannon, for her outstanding administrative support throughout this project.

I particularly want to recognize my professional mentor, Bernard M. Kessler, Ph.D., whose insights and friendship over many years have helped me to define my picture of what it means to be a consultant.

Other guiding lights whose work has influenced my perspective throughout my career are Peter Block, Werner Erhard, Albert Ellis, and Peter Drucker.

My sincere thanks go to the book team: my literary agent, Peter Tobia, and editor Dale Corey, both of Market Access, Inc. They played an essential role in turning the idea of this book into a reality. Their continued inspiration, editorial savvy, and professionalism made the writing of this book as effortless as it could have possibly been. My wife, Jackie Guttman, also deserves a thank you for her editorial assistance and contributions to the final text.

Thanks also to Adrienne Hickey at AMACOM Books for believing in this book and for her invaluable input and encouragement during the process of writing it.

I want to thank my family of origin, where I first practiced my rudimentary skills of conflict management! They include my mother, Elaine, who has been unwavering in her support; along with my sister, Karen; my brother, Steven; and my late father, Franklin.

Last, I want to thank my wife and children, who deal with my intensity on a daily basis and still remain steadfast. This group of survivors includes my son, Chuck; my daughters, Michelle and Melissa (who believed the title of this book should have been "Is There an Elephant in the Room?"); and my wife, Jackie, to whom this book is dedicated.

When Goliaths Clash. Managing Executive Conflict to Build a More Dynamic Organization
When Goliaths Clash: Managing Executive Conflict to Build a More Dynamic Organization
ISBN: 0615198686
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 99

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