Richard McClellan

senior consultant

Richard has more than 15 years’ experience in strategy and policy advisory, including significant leadership experience in strategic planning, organizational design and change, and ensuring delivery. He has led teams in dozens of countries and advised a range of senior stakeholders, including senior government officials, corporate leaders, and multilateral decision-makers. Rich spent 8 years at McKinsey & Co, based out of their Midwest, Middle East, and Southeast Asian offices. He also spent 3 years leading policy advisory teams in Kazakhstan, Haiti, and Vietnam under the personal direction of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Rich and his family returned to Cleveland, Ohio, in 2015, where he has been advising a number of non-profit and for-profit entities on strategy and growth issues, and serving selectively in interim executive roles. He has been an executive coach with the telos institute since the beginning of 2016.
Progress, professional or otherwise, hinges on embracing various paradoxes and seeking improved balance amongst them. Independence vs. dependence, working vs. living, leading vs. serving, deciding vs. collaborating, innovating vs. delivering, determinism vs. opportunism, empathizing vs. directing; skilled leaders don’t see these as necessarily at odds with each other, but rather as a portfolio of tools to be selected and deployed in various contexts.  Rich’s coaching aims to help leaders be more introspective about their styles, their effectiveness, and their personal happiness; and to imagine and design an expanded skillset proactively through a self-inquisitive dialog.
Rich received a degree in English Literature from Brigham Young University and his MBA with emphases in strategy and policy from Weatherhead (CWRU). He attended both schools on full-ride scholarships and graduated at the top of both classes; he is an Eagle Scout.
Rich’s wife, Heather, is an accomplished artist who studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art. They have four children, ages 3-14, who have been both the primary motivation for their world travels and (hopefully!) the primary beneficiaries.