DR. LEE SMITHSON BURD
Dr. Lee Smithson Burd is trained as a clinical psychologist. In 1997, she began working with executives at the Menninger Leadership Center, the corporate consulting division of the Menninger Foundation.
After Menninger, she moved to New York City and was a staff consultant with RHR International. In 2005, she and her husband returned to the Kansas City area where she formed her own management consulting firm, Smithson Burd Advisors, LLC.
Though the majority of Dr. Smithson Burd's work is in the Greater Kansas City area, she also has clients in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York and Texas.
LENGTH OF ENGAGEMENTS
Dr. Smithson Burd has short-term and open-ended client relationships. She works with clients to address individual problems or concerns or with organizations to create programs such as identifying and retaining high-potential employees. On a more open-ended basis, businesses hire her to assess potential hires or to create development plans for their senior executives.
PRACTICE AREAS - OVERVIEW
Senior Executive Coaching: Helping senior executives shape their thinking and behavior to be more successful, for themselves and for their organizations.
Executive Selection Assessments: Determining an executive’s fit for a position, based on an analysis of the position and the executive’s strengths.
New leaders and teams: Bringing together a new leader and their team to soothe growing pains and reach their goals.
Leadership Development Planning: Providing assessment to identify an executive’s strengths and development areas for their current and future position.
Over the past sixteen years, Dr. Smithson Burd has consulted in a variety of industries ranging between 50 Million to 1 billion in annual revenues including consumer goods, banking, telecommunications, utilities, insurance, and pharmaceuticals.
Whether your interest is in either assessment or executive coaching, the goal is to develop self awareness and the skills needed to promote your success and the success of those around you. Having a coach, someone who knows your story and supports you, can help to shift your thinking and behavior. Whatever your goals, there are undoubtedly ways that you can be more effective. For one of your managers or for yourself, you have opportunities to grow and to expand your abilities and to work in a way that is deeply satisfying.
Dr. Smithson Burd applies her knowledge of psychology and business to help executives, teams, and organizations to function optimally and to achieve their objectives. Her core areas of practice include executive assessment and coaching, team building and families in business.
Dr. Smithson Burd began her career leading executive seminars on the basic principles of psychology and how these manifest in the workplace. The goal was to empower executives with useful knowledge, such as the impact of sibling order, family history and personality types, to better understand the individual and interpersonal dynamics affecting their businesses.
Executive assessment, either for selection or development planning, is a core service area of Smithson Burd Advisors. Selection assessments enable a company to determine a candidate's fit for a particular position. Development assessments are conducted to illuminate an individual’s core strengths, leadership skills, communication style and other key factors that lead to success. These assessments lead to the creation of a tailored development plan.
Dr. Smithson Burd also regularly works with executives who have encountered problems such as managing a challenging boss, lacking needed leadership skills, or under-utilizing their strengths. These executives often have extraordinary talents, but need support to manage new challenges. Helping individuals to diminish short-comings and to maximize strengths is the predominant area of her work and one in which she has had considerable success.