Next Solutions is the Consulting and Advisory Arm of Dr. Douglas A. Wilson, a New York Times best selling author and thought leader in building purpose-driven companies.
Purpose driven companies are defined by 3 principles:
The purpose of business is to do both well and good.
Great leaders and great organizations excel at providing their people, their customers and their communities both economic and social value.
Aligning an enterprise and its people to achieve a worthy purpose is not just the right thing to do, but is also the most effective way to achieve sustained high performance in an increasingly unforgiving competitive environment.
As a business advisor and consultant, Dr. Wilson works exclusively with CEOs and their senior teams. He is a skilled facilitator of both strategy and culture development. A company’s long term success rides on the quality of dialogue and trust that is created at the top to address the most critical issues for the future.
With a deep background as a psychologist and a business leader, Dr. Wilson can work effectively with a senior team to insure strategic issues are put on the table - even the most difficult issues to discuss. Dr. Wilson works from a leadership framework anchored in a company’s purpose, their practical values, the philosophy of the leader, and a view of how to integrate passionate execution by all stakeholders with the business strategy. The goal is long term high performance with a motivated and fulfilled team who is doing the best work of their lives.
Doug is also the Chairman of the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County, a group of CEOs from some of the county's biggest companies working together to build a thriving Orange County for all. The CEOs work together on two priorities, how they can grow as purposeful leaders to help build higher performing organizations and a better world, and how they can address some of OC's biggest problems, both economic and social.
To read Doug’s blogs, listen to his podcasts, or to schedule him for a speech, please visit douglasawilson.com
Examples of Dr. Wilson’s work over the past 24 months:
Each of three large homebuilders bring Dr. Wilson in on a quarterly basis to meet with their senior team. The CEO and Dr. Wilson work together to prepare strategic questions for each meeting based on a leadership framework developed by Dr. Wilson. The CEOs trust Doug to facilitate each topic on the agenda, ask tough questions, think out of the box, raise sensitive issues, and engage the entire team.
- A multi-billion dollar software company brought Dr. Wilson in to work out a design for enhancing team performance within the entire company. There was a need for deeper cross-functional cooperation to accelerate both creativity and speed in a complex matrixed organization. A tool called Your Style of Influence, co-authored by Dr. Wilson and in wide use today, was instrumental in the process. Dr. Wilson started at the very top where the process was tested, providing excellent results. From there, Doug and his team implemented performance improvement throughout the entire company.
- Dr. Wilson, in partnership with The Center for Higher Ambition Leadership (CHL), has brought together CEO's from Orange County to both learn from each other and work toward a collective community impact. The group meets monthly and is involved with talent and job growth in Orange County as well as addressing the issues of child hunger in the elementary grades. The twelve CEO's of the group make up the largest companies in Orange County, including Western Digital, Ingram Micro, Edwards Life Sciences, Pacific Mutual, Golden State Foods, Pacific Dental Services, the Irvine Company and several others.
Clients Served by Next Solutions
The focus of Next Solutions is not so much by industry as it is by the aspiration of the CEO. If the CEO is both aspirational about a good return for shareholders and making a social impact, then it is a good match to work with Doug. The deepest area of expertise for Doug is working to build superior performance at the level of the senior team. Doug works to remove friction, build on the strengths of each member, and create a robust dialogue about the most important subjects that need to be on the table to achieve superior performance.
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Dr. Douglas A. Wilson is the CEO of Next Solutions, Inc. He is a leader in facilitating the development of purpose driven companies―a noted speaker, writer and New York Times best selling author. He is an Executive Fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership.
Doug has worked with a variety of industries and has focused particularly on the alignment between purpose, strategy, and execution. He works with CEO's and senior teams who want to live out a values based approach, making a significant difference, not only for the shareholders, but for the many stakeholders a company can touch, including the communities where the employees live and work.
Doug has a Ph.D. in counseling and practiced at the beginning of his career as a clinical psychologist. He taught part time at the USC Graduate School of Business in organizational behavior and worked also with the Maccoby Group in Washington D.C. He has a masters in theology, so he integrates into his work what he calls moral intelligence - the ability to implement sound moral reasoning in a complex organization. Doug has two adult children and is married to Karen, his most important partner. Both Doug and Karen have a passion for just about anything that is outdoors, including surfing, snow boarding, mountain biking, hiking, and stand up paddle surfing.
Read an article on Doug's Grandfather: A Tradition of Built to Last in Homebuilding
Douglas A. Wilson, Ph.D.
CEO, Next Solutions, Inc. 1998-Current
We build people, we build companies, we build communities. If we can't add significant value, we are not satisfied.
Executive Fellow: The Center for Higher Ambition Leadershiip, Boston. 2014 - Current.
The Center was founded by a group of Harvard Business School professors, thought leaders, and Fortune 500 CEO's who want to restore the belief that business is in fact designed to do both well and good in our society. The Center seeks out leaders who model exceptional abilities at engaging all key stakeholders with a compelling purpose that has both an economic benefit and social impact. Doug and a small team are starting a West Coast CEO Higher Ambition Group designed to accelerate learning across these companies. The Center will work with the companies to document their results with disciplined research and then amplify postive outcomes through business publications such as the Harvard Business Review and Strategy and Business.
Partner and Founder, iDynamx 2006-Current
Doug is the author of Your Style of Influence, which is an assessment instrument used to build high performing teams. The test is used extensively today in Fortune 500 companies around the world and is administered by iDynamx.
Chairman and Majority Owner, Townhall.com 2005-2009
When sold to Salem Communications, Townhall.com was one of the top 500 websites in the entire US
University of North Texas
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary
B.A., Southern Methodist University
New York Times Best Selling Author and Contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, and multiple trade magazines.