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Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD

Carter McNamara, Principal, Action Learning Source

Carter is a nationally recognized expert in organizational development and change.

He has decades of real-world management experience in a variety of organizations, including startup, public-private, nonprofit and corporate.

He is founder and developer of the Free Management Library(sm), one of the world's largest collections of well-organized, free, on-line resources for personal, professional and organizational development at www.managementhelp.org. He is also founder of the Free Micro-eMBA (for-profit and nonprofit versions) available from the Library. He also is co-founder of Action Learning Source and the Consultants Development Institute.

Since the early 1970s, Carter has had a deep interest in authenticity, including in the existential movement and in methods to help others to cultivate authenticity, including in consulting, coaching and facilitation.

A sample list of consultancies Allianz Life Insurance, American Society or Training and Development (Twin Cities Chapter), Beyond Petroleum, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Boston Scientific, Hennepin County, College Summit, CompassPoint Consulting, Honeywell Inc., Fieldstone Alliance Consulting Group, Golden Valley State University, Gunderson Lutheran Hospitals, Illinois Arts Alliance, International Association of Facilitators, Microsoft Corporation, Minnesota Career Development Association, New York Foundation for the Arts, Nonprofit Mentorship Program in British Columbia, North Ridge Masonic Homes, Opportunity Partners, University of Wisconsin Extension, University of Minnesota, Search Institute, South Eastern New York Library Resources Council, state of Alaska and Thomson West Group Publishing.

Carter won the University of St. Thomas’ Business Excellence Award for donating over 200 hours a year for four years to local nonprofit organizations. The Minnesota Organization Development Network awarded Carter, “OD Practitioner of the Year,” in part for his many contributions to nonprofits and the profession of OD.

Carter holds a BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences, BS in Computer Science, MBA from the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis), and a PhD in Human and Organization Development from The Union Institute (Cincinnati).

Among his many publications are:

  • Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development (for Business and Government)
  • Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision in Business
  • Field Guide to Developing and Operating Your Nonprofit Board of Directors
  • Field Guide to Nonprofit Strategic Planning and Facilitation
  • Field Guide to Nonprofit Program Design, Marketing and Evaluation
  • Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision for Nonprofit Staff
  • Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development With Nonprofits

"Among my Dakota and Absaroke people is a saying
that I can only really translate into English using a double negative:
'I do not remember a time when I did not know him.'
It is intended to point out and compliment one who has had
a good, significant impact on another, an impact so great that one's history is changed.
That is what I say to you, Carter,
I do not remember when I did not know you."

– Jon Bell, consultant, Somerset, Wisconsin

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