Robert Porter Lynch
Collaborative Systems Architect for Trust Building, Strategic Alliances, Collaborative Innovation
Thought Leadership: Robert’s personal mission for the last twenty years has been to address one of the most compelling questions of our time: “How do we build trust and synergy across highly differentiated people and organizations?” because differences in thinking and culture are either the source of incessant and destructive conflict throughout the world, or potentially the source of massive innovation and creative energy that will heal the planet.
This search for the “Architecture of Cooperation” has led to potent set of best practices that now underpin thousands of strategic alliances and innovation systems around the world which consistently achieve eighty percent success rates. This has earned him the description as the “father of strategic alliances” among his peers.
Strategic alliances are now becoming the enabling framework of the value networks that are rapidly emerging as the organizational system of the future. His architecture of trust is called a breakthrough in thought and action.
Catalytic Advocacy: Because collaboration is becoming far more critical if we are to create a world that is sustainable and does not self-destruct, Mr. Lynch is continuing to join forces with other innovative champions to develop breakthroughs in collaborative networks, co-creative negotiations, trust-building, character-building, and the economics of synergistic systems to address both internal organizational problems as well as the world’s most pressing issues, such as global warming, food shortages, and new sources of renewable energy. He invites other’s to contribute to these efforts.
Author & Speaker: Robert has written award-winning and best-selling books, including The Practical Guide to Joint Ventures & Corporate Alliances (John Wiley & Sons, 1989) and Business Alliances: The Hidden Competitive Weapon, (John Wiley & Sons, 1993). His most recent book, Trusted to Lead (2011) is being co-authored with Harvard’s Paul Lawrence. He wrote the popular chapter “Fostering Champions” for Peter Drucker’s Leader of the Future book (1999). His books have been translated into several languages, and his numerous articles on alliances have appeared in a broad range of magazines.
He is often quoted in business journals, speaks to conferences, has appeared on television, radio, and syndicated tape distribution, and writes guest blogs on important issues.
Consulting & Executive Coaching: Mr. Lynch and his team have empowered senior executives and internal champions to produce results quickly with the fresh insights, impactful strategies, effective practices and potent tools. The understanding of the nature of championing collaboration and innovation has enabled many organizations to over-come internal resistance and embrace new approaches to create bold new futures.
Industries across the globe have ranged from aerospace (aviation & defense), automotive, energy, consumer products, financial services (banking, real estate, insurance), high tech (computers, electronics, tele-comm) medical (biotech, heath care, instrumentation, pharmaceutical, managed health care), and petro-chemicals.
His clients have included Accenture, AT&T, Bell Canada, Cisco Systems, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Eli Lilly, ExxonMobil, Flextronics, GE, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, IBM, Intuit, Lockheed-Martin, Lucent, NCR, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, Sprint, TELUS, USAA, Wells Fargo, and Xerox, among many others, as well as many smaller businesses, and numerous not-for-profit and governmental organizations at the federal, state, and provincial levels in the United States and Canada.
In the last 25 years he has trained over 25,000 executives and managers primarily in North America and Europe, resulting in a large cadre of collaborative professionals with deep skills and capabilities.
Business Leadership & Community Activities: Robert has been actively involved in over twenty civic, business, technology, community, and local economic development organizations. He is listed in Who's Who: Global Leaders and is founding Chairman of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals.
Education: Mr. Lynch holds a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Brown University. He’s an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Alberta, British Columbia, and San Diego; and has served on the faculties of the American Management Association, the Canadian Management Centre, Institute for International Learning, and American College of Physician Executives.
Military: He served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, Bronze Service Star with combat duty in Vietnam.
Personal: Robert resides in Naples, Florida.