Independent consultants since 1997, Peter Joel and Stephen Sinclair apply universal principles of organization development – particularly as applied in change management and planning – to a wide variety of clientele. Joel & Sinclair Associates has assisted associations, museums, schools, libraries, government agencies, and other organizations in redefining or repositioning themselves in circumstances both good and bad. Specific programs include:
Team building and leadership development
Gap analysis or needs assessment
Improvement of meetings and other management techniques
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Before launching Joel & Sinclair Associates, Peter Joel and Stephen Sinclair acquired extensive leadership experience in major organizations. Peter Joel managed change as a U.S. Army officer for 25 years. In addition to many leadership positions this career provided, it also gave him an opportunity to work in staff positions where he learned the many aspects of human resource management and advertising. He was an integral part of the small team that delivered national print and television advertising for the original series of the Be all You Can Be Army advertising campaign. Later he led the team that was responsible for the assignments of thousands of non-commissioned officers, taking into consideration their experience, training and education. He holds an M.S. in strategic planning from the National Defense University and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University.
Stephen Sinclair similarly dealt with major organizational transformations in an 18-year career at the U.S. Information Agency. He was director of USIA’s Exhibits Service at the time that America’s foreign-affairs establishment came to terms with the end of the Cold War. He also served as executive officer of USIA’s Bureau of Information during the period when America’s libraries overseas reinvented themselves as database-intensive Information Resource Centers. Dr. Sinclair also directed creation of the major American exhibit at Seville Expo ’92, the world’s fair held for the Columbus Quincentenary. He is certified as an administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University.
The company’s participation on professional panels has included:
- “Change Management” at the 2006 annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations and the 2005 annual conference of the Pennsylvania Library Association
- “Museum Management 201” at the 2004 and 2005 annual meetings of the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations4
- “No Matter What, You Have To Plan” at the 2004 annual convention of the Pennsylvania Library Association
- “The Strategy of Strategic Planning” at the 2004 annual convention of the Mid-Atlantic Museum Association
- “Coaching Communication Skills” at the 2003 annual conference of the Virginia Association of Museums.
- “Leadership and Management 101” at the 2002 annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations
- “Managing Institutional Change” at the 2001 annual conference of the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations
- “Channeling Change for Positive Results” at the 2001 annual conference of the Virginia Library Association.
- “Non-Stop Invention” at the 1999 convention of the American Association of Museums
Stephen Sinclair’s “How an Organizational Development Program Builds a Better Institution” appeared in Library Mosaics in the May/June 1999 edition.