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Transforming Managers into Global Leaders
Facilitating Groups in Becoming Truly Global Teams

Who We Are and What We Do

Management isn’t the same as Leadership and a “Group of People” isn’t the same as a True Team.

Knowing HOW to do something changes nothing. It is the will and the discipline to ACT that are required.

Our highly engaging learning labs enable teams to achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult.

We are not “teachers”, and we don’t do “training”. We are seasoned professionals with real-world experience in starting, leading and growing businesses in the Silicon Valley, and expanding businesses globally. Our practical approaches are proven to produce results, whether it’s through facilitating our “Leadership Learning Laboratories“, or working hand-in-hand with your organization on a strategically important project. We believe that leadership, team effectiveness, innovation, and the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial “magic”, are the result of behaviors that can be learned and honed with practice. Our Tokyo-based Team has been collaborating with us to transform Japanese businesses through our unique “WorkSHOCKs” for over a decade with outstanding results in some of the best-known companies in Japan. And our European Team gives us truly global reach. What’s possible? What seems “impossible”? What might make impossible –> possible? Contact us and let’s find out!

Consulting Areas

Leadership Development

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Reading about exercise doesn’t make you strong – exercise does! Our “Learning Laboratories” and “WorkSHOCKs” turn managers into leaders and groups of people into real teams via the sensible practices in our “Possibilities Toolbox”.

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Team Effectiveness Workshops

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 “Training” doesn’t change behavior, and changed behavior is required for improved business results.  We deliver the results that you need – engaged people, delighted customers, expanded markets, increased revenue, reduced costs, improved quality, strategic advantage – by focusing on the following key areas:

  • People, Teams & Organizations
  • Program & Project Management
  • Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Executive Coaching Sessions

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Olympic athletes have a coach, and so do great business leaders. Our “Thinking Partner” sessions support, guide and empower you to be successful in reaching your goals.

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Innovation & Design Thinking

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Both Design Thinking and Scrappy Project Management© share an obsession with “the customer”. Both start by “thinking from the future” rather than getting stuck in the current situation, hampered by self-­limiting beliefs about what’s possible. Rather than using the classic design thinking model of Empathize–Define–Ideate– Prototype–Test, we use the Why, Who, What and How model.

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OUR VALUE

For large, multi-national companies, SV Alliances offers purposeful Organizational Culture Change, Leadership Development Programs and Consulting Services which, unlike McKinsey, Accenture, or university executive programs, provide:

  • engaging, action-oriented team project-based programs leading to concrete, visible results.
  • immersive development experiences that broaden and deepen the leadership and management skills of the participants.
  • a collaborative culture which breaks down organizational silos and encourages the risk-taking necessary for growth.

For small and medium size businesses, SV Alliances offers Executive Leadership Guidance, Professional Development Programs, and Consulting Services , which, unlike typical consultant services, provide:

  • an intense focus on sensible, practical projects leading to direct business benefits with measurable results.
  • a strategic framework for Customer-focus and Innovation that enables the business to fulfill their strategic plans.
  • the perspective and experience of Silicon Valley, to inspire creativity and risk-taking within the constraints of human and  financial resources.

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Our Team

Our team of business leadership consultants and entrepreneurship advisers are dedicated, experienced, and accomplished professionals. We are motivated by love and passion, and the belief that people can learn to be better leaders, more effective teams, and healthier, more profitable organizations, through practicing changes in behavior and language that transform business results. We are committed to helping organizations solve global problems . . . profitably, and thus sustainably . . . for a better World.

Our Team in Silicon Valley, Tokyo and Europe

Kimberly Wiefling

Focus Areas

  • Org. Culture
  • EQ-Human Skills
  • Global Leadership
  • Post-merger Integ.
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Design Thinking
  • Product Dev. 
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Clients/Experience

Houzz, SETI, NASA
HP, KPMG, Suntory
Kuraray, Yamaha Motors
Cisco, Symantec, Intuit
NSSOL, Mazda
Velo3D, Dell-EMC
World Innovation Lab

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Japan Science & Tech (JST)
Isuzu
Daiichi Sankyo
Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma
Sony (via Candescent)
Panasonic (via ReplayTV)
Furukawa Electric
Tokyo Medical & Dental University (TMDU)
Kyoto University
Tokyo Electron
Keyence
Veritas
Daiwa
Orbotech
Mizuho
MUFG
UBE
Toray
Tokio Marine
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Toshiba
Sun Allomer
Mitsui Fudosan
Oracle Japan
Cadence Design Systems
Fisher Investments
Scientific Revenue
Technology Ventures Launch Program (TVLP)
Leadership San Mateo
Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR)

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Nathalie Udo

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Focus Areas

  • Global Business Strategy
  • Sustainability Champion
  • Executive Coach
  • Program Management
  • Agile Processes

Clients/Experience

AT&T
PG&E
Autodesk
Alcatel
Kuraray
NASA
Keyence

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Lucent
Kaiser Permanente

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Jeff Richardson

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Focus Areas

  • Strategic Offsites
  • Virtual Teamwork
  • Design for Scalability
  • Collaborative Culture
  • Project Team Kickoffs
  • OD / Change Mgmt

Clients/Experience

Yamaha Motors & Music
Kaiser Permanente IT
SETI Institute
Stanford APM Program
Toshiba
Hitachi

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Oracle Japan
Burton
Tokyo Medical & Dental University
Pyatok Architects
Raytheon
Keio University

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Yumi Wakayama

Focus Areas

  • Talent Mgmt.
  • Organizational Development
  • Business Development
  • Global Communications
  • Client Engagement Management

Clients

Hitachi
Mitsui
Tokyo Medical & Dental University
Pigeon Group
Toyota

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Kuraray
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JST

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Mana Tomitori

Focus Areas

  • Global Leadership
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Coaching based Communication
  • Visions & Core Values
  • Global Mindset

Clients

LVMH Moet Hennessy
HUGO BOSS
Bosch Corporation
Equinix
Egon Zehnder
Christian Dior,
Unilever Japan,
Kuraray

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Kering Japan Limited Gucci Division, Pernod Ricard Japan, Japan Science & Technology Agency, Global Entertainment Brand, Asatsu-DK

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Francine Gordon

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Focus Areas

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Management
  • Creativity & Innovation

Clients/Experience

Technology Ventures Launch Program (TVLP)
Kuraray
Boston Consulting Group
Yale University
Santa Clara University
Stanford University

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ALC Education, Inc. Global Leadership & Talent Development
Keyence
Dow Corning Toray

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Alan Tsuda

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Focus Areas

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Project Leadership
  • Pitch Development

Clients/Experience

Altapoint Learning
UCSC – Silicon Valley
UC Berkeley
Suntory
Kuraray
Mazda
Daiichi Sankyo

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World Innovation Lab

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Kumi Kobayashi

Focus Areas

  • Global Leadership
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Organizational Culture
  • Company Vision
  • Cross-Cultural Effectiveness
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Empower Women

Clients

Canon, YAMAHA
Astellas, Fuji Xerox

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Bank of America
Merrill Lynch
NEC
AXA Management
Waseda University

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Stephen Parent

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Focus Areas

  • Global Team Effectiveness
  • Global Leadership
  • Intercultural Readiness
  • Global Mindset
  • Powerful Presentations

Clients

Sudler Japan
Merck & Co
Sumitomo Chemical
Tokyo Star Bank
Mizuho Securities

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Keyence
NSSOL
Furukawa Electric
Ube

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Cynthia Harris

Focus Areas

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Design Thinking
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Customer Insights
  • Ethnography

Clients

Kuraray
Pigeon
eBay
PunchTab
Del Monte

 

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Juan Montermoso

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Focus Areas

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Clients

Clients

Hewlett-Packard
IPS Learning
Santa Clara University
Harvard University
Kuraray

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Tom Okada

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Focus Areas

  • Executive Leadership,
  • Cross Culture Management,
  • Global Technology Business Development

Clients

Motorola
Azingo
Aplix Corporation
Tortuga Pacific Inc.

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Ecrio
Witricity

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Matthew Cahill

Focus Areas

  • Learning & Development
  • Bias Mitigation Strategies
  • Sales Negotiations
  • Org. Change
  • Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Clients/Experience

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Tata Consultancy Services

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Pure Storage
Nielsen
Salesforce
Dr. William Davis
Interactive Business Systems

Matt Schlegel

Focus Areas

  • Team-based Problem-solving
  • Teambuilding
  • Work Team Design
  • Hiring
  • Rapport Building
  • The Enneagram
  • Org. Culture
  • Individual Coaching

Clients

NewTek
HP

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Xcelaero
Avenidas
Alvarez & Marsal
Houzz

 

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Kenny Kaneko

Focus Areas

  • Multi-Culture Mgmt
  • Effective Global Leadership
  • Global Career Dev.
  • Global Market Value Assessment
  • Global Hiring
  • IT Project Mgmt

Clients/Experience

FUJISOFT America

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Visionary Change Inc.

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UC Santa Cruz (JSA)

UC Davis (JSA)

San Francisco State University (JSA)

San Jose State University (JSA)

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Peter Ivanov

Focus Areas

  • Build Virtual Power Teams & deliver outstanding results!
  • Leading Virtual/Remote Teams
  • Leadership, Intercultural Teams
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Executive Coach

Clients/Experience

  • Danone
  • Nemak

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  • British American Tobacco

 

Iris Kuhnert

Focus Areas

  • Team Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Cross-cultural competence
  • Transition & Change

Clients

BASF SE
Merck KGaA
Daimler
Nissan
Kuraray


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Testimonials

“Kimberly helped our organization confront some key challenges we faced working as a team. She also assisted us in creating clear and shared goals, and a practical implementation plan that enabled us to overcome our difficulties in achieving results. Working with Kimberly was energizing, and her experience, practical knowledge and wisdom guided us for years after her workshop. I highly recommend consulting with Kimberly and her Silicon Valley Alliances Team, especially to achieve results in your team that at times might seem impossible.” – Ardavan M. Tehrani, CTO – ASSIA Inc. (2010-2017)

The recommendation of a transformed cynic: Kimberly is a bit like a cyclone – she will turn your world upside down and blow you away. Unlike a cyclone, however, she will be sure that all of the important pieces remain; neatly reorganized and stronger than before she met you. She will also, undoubtedly, leave many gems behind for you as well – some ready to display and others for you to continue polishing throughout your life and career. You will definitely be richer for having crossed her path. With unrivaled passion, Kimberly effortlessly blends principles of transformational leadership, communication, cultural understanding and relationship building and links them directly to operational excellence with brilliant simplicity. I learned more practical skills in a 6-day program led by Kimberly than I have in nearly three decades of management education and experience. These lessons will not only allow me to foster an environment that is both enjoyable and highly productive, but will, as a result, make the company I work in stronger and more successful. Without question, Kimberly merits my highest recommendation. – Ross McClure, Manufacturing Manager, SuperPower, Inc., a Furukawa Company

Kimberly’s Leading From Any Chair workshop is the single most powerful class I’ve attended, and the highest rated class I’ve participated in. Her teachings have fundamentally changed me as a leader, a coach, and a team member. — Lesley Kew, Intuit

Nathalie is an exceptionally talented person whose expertise in all levels of project management (Portfolio, Program and Project) allows her to effectively deliver even on troubled projects. As a consultant, her strong facilitation and leadership skills make her an invaluable asset to any company requiring training, methodology or project rescue.  – Stacey Lyons, Senior Director PMO, Move Inc.

Ultimate facilitator to inspire your group to achieve breakthrough results, gain new insights, remove roadblocks and achieve what might have appeared to be impossible results prior to Kimberly’s leadership. Kimberly leads from the front and adeptly works with groups to gain their trust and confidence. She uses humor and scientifically proven methods to begin the critical work of helping groups get unstuck and see their own greatness. I have worked with Kimberly for more than 20 years and she consistently exhibits an interesting combination of courage, practicality and generosity. Kimberly has my utmost confidence and I will absolutely hire her again. Thanks Kimberly. You Rock! —Carol Smith, CEO Oak Grove Enterprises

I have worked with Kumi at Global Leadership Partners Asia for multiple projects as a Leadership Facilitator and Leadership Coach for over a year. She is a fun, dynamic and intelligent professional with an uncanny ability to connect with almost anyone. Always upbeat and positive, she motivates leaders to transform their self-limiting beliefs in order to think and act in new ways, previously unavailable to them. She has a high level of emotional intelligence, is fully bi-lingual (Japanese and English) and has advanced collaboration skills. I strongly recommend her for leadership development facilitation and coaching work. —Michael Shell, President & Consultant, GLPA, Tokyo, Japan

Kimberly, I continue to be in awe of your leadership skills. Very impressive!! I am so very pleased with how well our retreat went. I could not have asked for more. Inspirational, transformational, and built our team unlike anything I’ve seen before. You have a gift to bring out the best in people and to help them to believe! —Rebecca S. Cole, Vice President for Advancement, President, Wright State University Foundation, Wright State University

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Case Studies

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Case 1: How does a multinational Japanese company become a truly global company?

  • By committing to building strong relationships among the next generation of global executives and giving them the freedom to co-create the future of their company together.
  • That’s what we helped Kuraray to do over the past 8 years. Now we have over 200 graduates of 12 of our intensive 7 months team-project-centric global leadership development programs in the past 8 years.
  • Over 50 team projects have been completed in these programs, and more than half of those projects continue actively in some form in the business.
  • Most graduates are promoted, or transferred to positions of greater responsibility within a year or two of completing this program, and several have been promoted to the executive level.
  • As a result of the globalization of this company, overseas revenues have grown from 30% to over 50% of the total revenues of the company.
  • FORMAT: (3 weeks of in-person events over a 7 month period)

Whitepaper: Cross-linking the Human Polymer Network at a Global Chemical Company adobepdf

Yamaha-Logo-Wallpaper-WSCase 2: How does a company spread all over the world assure that every employee shares a passionate commitment to a shared identity and core values that make their company unique?

  • By strengthening the shared cultural DNA of their front-line leaders and making these leaders “Organizational Culture Ambassadors.”
  • A cohort of a dozen executives from all over the world come together three times over a 1 year period for a day of intensive exploration into their historical roots, their shared cultural DNA, and their aspirations for the future of their organizational culture.
  • Through powerful approaches such as storytelling, interpretative drawings, and collage, these global leaders explore stories from the past, present and future, and create a shared understanding of their identity as an organization, the roots of that identity, and their commitments to perpetuating their organization’s cultural DNA into the far future.
  • This program was repeated with another cohort the following year, and now these graduates are teaching others to be Organizational Culture Ambassadors. These ambassadors are using the power of storytelling to spread their organization’s cultural DNA throughout Yamaha worldwide.
  • FORMAT: (6 days of in-person events over a 9 month period)

Whitepaper: Company Culture-Corporate DNA_Sept2014 adobepdf

Contact

To Schedule a Conversation with One of Our Team, call or write us:

Silicon Valley Alliances
Phone US: +1 650 867 0847
consulting@siliconvalleyalliances.com