Noel Tichy

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Noel M. Tichy is an American management consultant, author and educator. He has co-authored, edited or contributed to over 30 books. While teaching at the MBA program at the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business), Tichy along with Jim Danko and Paul Danos, first instituted " the defining attribute" of the program: Multidisciplinary Action Projects in which students work on an actual corporate business issue.[1] In 2009, the Washington Post named Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will which he co-authored with Stratford Sherman as one of the Top 10 leadership books.[2] As the director of global development at GE's Crotonville,[3] from 1985–1987[4] he instituted the action learning programs which helped make it "one of the premiere corporate learning centers in the world."[5]

He has been named one of the top "Management Gurus".[3][6] He is an advocate of leaders being teachers as well as managers.[7] He is the co-author along with Warren Bennis of Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls.[8] The New York Times review stated that they "write about 'empowering frontline people,' but they seem hung up on finding that single Great Leader. "[9] His book Succession says that most organization's leadership succession plans are merely check-the-box activities which are not appropriately executed and outlines seven common failures.[10] The New York Times says that his book is "sometimes angry" and uses case studies to make his points.[11] Tichy has been an adviser for over 30 CEO transitions, including General Motors.[12]

Tichy is a professor at the University of Michigan Business School.[13] He has an undergraduate degree from Colgate University (1986) and graduates and Ph.D. from Columbia University.[14]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • Organization design for primary health care: The case of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center (Praeger special studies in U.S. economic, social, and political issues) (1977), Praeger
  • Managing Strategic Change: Technical, Political, and Cultural Dynamics (1983), John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-471-86559-9
  • Strategic Human Resource Management – with Charles Fombrun and Anne Devanna (1984), Wiley, ISBN 978-0-471-81079-7
  • The Transformational Leader – with Mary Anne Devanna, (1990) Wiley, ISBN 978-0-471-62334-2
  • Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will – with Stratford Sherman (1993), HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-06-075383-2
  • Globalizing Management: Creating and Leading the Competitive Organization – with Vladimir Pucik and Carole K. Barnett (1993), Wiley, ISBN 978-0-471-30491-3
  • Control Destiny: Reengineer a Corporation (1994), HarperCollins Publishers, ISBN 978-0-88730-745-4
  • The Leadership Engine – with Eli Cohen (1997)[15]
  • Corporate Global Citizenship: Doing Business in the Public Eye – with Andrew R. McGill and Lynda St. Clair (1997), Lexington Books, ISBN 978-0-7879-1095-2
  • The Ethical Challenge: How to Lead with Unyielding Integrity – with Andrew McGill (2003), John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-7879-6767-3
  • Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls – with Warren Bennis (2007), Penguin Publishing Group, ISBN 978-1-59184-293-4
  • The Cycle of Leadership (2009), Harper Collins, ISBN 978-0-06-174102-9
  • Succession: Mastering the Make-or-Break Process of Leadership Transition (2014), Penguin, ISBN 978-0-698-15166-6


  1. ^ John A. Byrne (Dec 23, 2014). "B-school Dean of the Year: Dartmouth's Paul Danos – Fortune". Fortune. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  2. ^ ANDREA USEEM (Feb 12, 2009). "The 10 Best Leadership Books of All Time". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b The Management Gurus: Lessons from the Best Management Books of All Time By Chris Lauer
  4. ^ Welch, Jack; Byrne, John A. (2003-10-01). Jack: Straight from the Gut. Grand Central Publishing. pp. 117–. ISBN 978-0-7595-0921-4. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Israelite, Larry (2007). Lies about Learning: Leading Executives Separate Truth from Fiction in This $100 Billion Industry. American Society for Training and Development. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-1-56286-498-9. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Mica Schneider Rating the Management Gurus Business Week 2001
  7. ^ Salka, John (2005-02-22). First In, Last Out: Leadership Lessons from the New York Fire Department. Penguin Group US. pp. 221–. ISBN 978-1-101-21621-7. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Lauer, Chris; Summaries, The Editors at Soundview Executive Book (2008-07-31). The Management Gurus: Lessons from the Best Management Books of All Time. Penguin Group US. ISBN 978-1-4406-3761-2. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  9. ^ STEPHEN KOTKIN (February 3, 2008). "In Praise of the Decisive C.E.O.". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Harvey Schachter. "Seven sins of succession planning – The Globe and Mail". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Jonathan A. Knee (November 14, 2014). "Capping a Strong Performance With an Exit Strategy". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Making a success of succession". The Economist. Nov 29, 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  13. ^ Hesselbein, Frances; Goldsmith, Marshall (2011-02-17). The Leader of the Future 2: Visions, Strategies, and Practices for the New Era. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 141–. ISBN 978-1-118-04725-5. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Randall Rothenberg (14 February 2003). "Noel M. Tichy: The Thought Leader Interview". Strategy Business. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  15. ^ John Byrne (27 October 1997). "Those Who Can, Do. Those Who Excel, Teach.". Business Week. Retrieved 4 October 2015.