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Dale Dauten
Dale Dauten

After holding management positions with two major corporations and two consulting companies, Dale Dauten created a nationally-known marketing research firm retained by top industry leaders, including McDonalds, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Kodak and 3M.

In 1991, Dale began writing a weekly business newspaper column called The Corporate Curmudgeon. Within a year, the country's largest syndication company, King Features, had taken the column into national distribution. It currently appears in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic and dozens of other papers.

In 1996, Dale undertook a second column, which focuses on career issues. Also syndicated by King Features, this column was initially written with employment expert Mark Nelson. At the beginning of 1999, Dale began co-authoring "Kate and Dale Talk Jobs" with Kate Wendleton, a nationally recognized authority on career development. Their column has been adopted by the New York Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Houston Chronicle and over 100 others, making it the most successful new column in the country over the past few years.

In addition to his columns, Dale has authored four books. His third, The Max Strategy, a study of innovation, came out in 1996, followed by a paperback and five foreign editions in 1997. His latest book, The Gifted Boss, was published by William Morrow in June 1999.

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Kate Wendleton

Kate Wendleton is a nationally recognized authority on career development. She has been a career coach since 1978, when she founded The Five O'Clock Club® and developed its methodology to help job hunters and career changers of all levels in job-search-strategy groups. This methodology is now used by Affiliates of The Five O'Clock Club, which meet weekly in the United States and Canada.

Kate Wendleton

Kate also founded Workforce America®, a not-for-profit Affiliate of The Five O'Clock Club, serving adults in Harlem who are not yet in the professional or managerial ranks. Workforce America helps each person move into better-paying, higher-level positions as each improves in educational level and work experience.


Richard Gooding
Dr. Richard Gooding

Richard Z. Gooding, Ph.D. is founder and President of Strategic Advantage, Inc. and Co-Founder of Wild Brains with Dale Dauten.

He specializes in strategic planning and has over 20 years experience helping executives make better business decisions. He helps top-management teams develop and implement strategic plans that achieve their company's long-term objectives.

Dr. Gooding is a recognized expert in strategic planning, mergers/acquisitions, organizational design, managerial decision making, and employee participation with published research on these topics. He developed Strategic Risk Analysis™ which is an effective and efficient technique for realistically evaluating and successfully implementing new product/market expansions and merger/acquisition strategies.

Dr. Gooding speaks about Strategic Planning and Strategic Risk Analysis frequently before executive audiences. He has made presentations at Inc. magazine's "Growing Your Company" conferences, the Institute of Management Consultants National Conference, several TEC groups, Chapters of the Strategic Leadership Forum, and regional conferences of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals. His speeches and workshops consistently receive high ratings.

Before founding Strategic Advantage, Dr. Gooding was a professor in the Management Department at Arizona State University where he taught courses in strategic planning and managerial decision making. His Doctorate in Strategic Planning is from Michigan State University, and he also holds a Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University including Social Service Planning and Administration.

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