DR. LEE SMITHSON BURD
Lee 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, Lee moved to New York City and was a staff consultant with RHR International. A native of Kansas City, she and her husband returned to the area in 2005 and she formed her own management consulting firm, Smithson Burd Advisors, LLC.
Though the majority of Dr. Burd's work is in the Greater Kansas City area, she has clients in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York and Texas.
PRACTICE AREAS - OVERVIEW
Senior Executive Coaching: WHAT MAKES YOU A COMPELLING LEADER? Lee helps senior executives to galvanize their teams and organizations.
Executive Selection Assessments: WHO SHOULD WE HIRE? Lee can determine an executive’s level of fit for a role, based on an analysis of the position to be filled and the executive’s strengths.
Integrating New Leaders and Teams: HOW DO WE WORK TOGETHER? Lee brings together new leaders and teams to cut through the uncertainties and rapidly reach their goals.
Leadership Development Planning: HOW DO I ADVANCE TO MY NEXT ROLE? Lee provides assessments to identify an executive’s strengths and development areas with respect to the desired position.
Goals and Results: HOW WILL THIS WORK FOR YOU? The goal is to develop self-awareness and the thinking, behavior, and skills you need to succeed. You will be empowered having support and the objective perspective of someone who truly knows you. No matter how successful you are, there are undoubtedly ways that you could be more effective. For one of your managers or for yourself, you have opportunities to learn and to expand your abilities, to achieve your objectives, and to work in a way that is deeply satisfying.
Lee regularly works with executives who have encountered problems such as managing a difficult boss, lacking critical leadership skills, or under-utilizing their strengths. These executives often have extraordinary talents, but need clarity to manage new challenges. In such situations, she often will use a 360 evaluation to provide the executive with key insights into his/her impact. 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.