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Bill Underwood

Bill Underwood is cofounder and CEO of Catalyst Consulting Team.
Bill Underwood is cofounder and president of Catalyst Consulting Team, a Silicon Valley-based consulting firm focused on organizational development since 1985.

Bill coaches executives to implement key strategic initiatives and develop leadership talent, with a focus on aligning teams toward shared business results. Clients learn to conduct the types of productive conversations that result in making informed decisions. Bill’s particular interest is in transferring people skills based in the neurosciences and organizational learning.

The core of Bill’s practice is coaching executives and their teams on productive means to confront the pressing organizational issues they face. His approach engages developing talent while also meeting business challenges. Bill focuses on knowing/doing gaps and applying organizational learning tools to action. Drawing on the work of Chris Argyris, Bill helps executives utilize their differences to advance intelligent progress. His coaching and personal facilitation help key executives create productive relationships and agile solutions.

He designs innovative training programs in leadership development, teamwork, visioning, change management and critical communication. These trademark programs are customized for clients’ specific situations. Recent programs Bill designed and deployed include Vision & Strategy, Strategic Leadership Program, Managing Employee Performance, and Productive Dialogue.

In 1994, Bill pioneered the use of web-based collaborative software GroupMind Express to augment the quality of human interaction and decision-making. Clients such as eBay, Oracle and Conoco Philips use GroupMind Express for interactive web surveys and conferences, elearning, and managing global teams.

Catalyst began building experiential simulations for management and team development in 1982. Today, Catalyst offers cutting-edge interactive training and simulations that range from climbing peaks in New Zealand to half-day organizational simulations such as the BigPicture™.

Bill has worked with Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems, NetApp, eBay, PayPal, Levi Strauss & Company and Oracle Corporation, as well as nonprofits such as the American Leadership Forum, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Shout-it-Now in Cape Town, South Africa.

Bill draws from a background in anthropology, cognitive psychology, general semantics and organizational learning. He is approved to use a variety of instruments. including MBTI, the Human Synergistic Life Style Inventory, the Leadership Mirror, Firo-B and Emotional Intelligence. Bill completed post-graduate work with Diana Smith in Action Science coaching and trained with Executive Arts Coaching. He taught at University extension programs and was on faculty for the Action Design Institute.