Richard McClellan

director, leadership ventures

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 live in Vietnam, where he works with a number of public and private sector clients, as well as the international development community.

Rich has been working with the telos institute for several years—first as an executive coach, but primarily as a facilitator of telos’ signature “venture” offering: an intensive coaching engagement grounded in a week-long, immersive experience in bucket-list destinations, like the Grand Canyon, Iceland, Israel, or Patagonia. Now as director leadership ventures, Rich is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of these unique, impactful, and highly curated experiences.

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 mindsets at odds with each other, but rather as a portfolio of approaches 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 an emphasis 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 also an Eagle Scout.

Rich’s wife, Heather, is an accomplished artist who studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art. They have four children, ages 6-17, who have been both the primary motivation for their world travels and (hopefully!) the primary beneficiaries.