We don’t teach

We engage.  We challenge. We inspire.

We Help Successful Leaders Make Significant Shifts in their IMPACT

Third Thought. Our name says it all.

We go beyond standard solutions to design leadership development for the needs of leaders today and tomorrow.

We design experiences

Our secret sauce is our design chops. Every year we spend less time in front of the room (or the camera) and more time facilitating leaders as they work through a challenge, a problem, and opportunity. The learning is real-life, cumulative and lasting.

Susan Dunn, Ph.D

Susan has a reputation for designing learning experiences for Fortune 500 leaders that are inventive, engaging, and “have legs”. Her success in learning design flows from 10 years of strategy formulation as a consultant at McKinsey, from her doctoral research in human behavior at the Fielding Graduate Institute and from 15 years designing action learning programs as a partner at Oliver Wyman and Mercer Consulting. Susan has conducted provocative research and published articles that uncovered the way Wall Street analysts monetize leadership quality. She also has a patent in her name for a widely used talent management board game. Currently, Susan is developing a simulation that helps leaders learn how to operate in a shared economy.

Maggie Kolkena, MSOD

Maggie brings over 25 years of expertise in providing leadership development experiences. She is passionate about good facilitation and is recognized for her generative approach coupled with a spark of humor.

Enabling innovation has been a strong theme in Maggie’s consulting. Her first career was in the performing arts. She’s a graduate of Pepperdine’s MSOD program and her research exploring team creativity compared improvisation teams to corporate innovation teams. Most recently she delivered a global senior leader action learning program at a healthcare company focused on accelerating innovation that was cited by HBR.

Leaders who work with Maggie appreciate the quick rapport she creates and her rapid grasp of the challenges they face. She has worked across sectors with organizations in diverse industries and geographies, from Beaverton to Bangladesh.

Maggie has developed a distinct competence in helping leaders manage the future. She studied with the Global Business Network and has developed a useful approach for leaders to envision and plan for the long-term. For the past five years she has been delivering experiences to help leaders develop their skills in scenario thinking.

Areas of Expertise

Scenario Thinking

Leading Innovation

Personal Impact