"With a deep understanding of human nature and compassion for human experience, Baird Brightman provides insights, advice and inspiration about managing your career and business and daily dealing with the world like no others I have known. He is someone you can completely trust."
BAIRD BRIGHTMAN PhD helps people succeed by strategically managing the human side of work.
Educated as a behavioral scientist, Dr. Brightman has worked as a researcher, health professional, leader and consultant. He has been a lecturer at the Harvard Medical School and an executive education instructor at Harvard University.
Baird consults with private clients on managing their work and career, and with organizations on talent leadership.
“Baird Brightman was instrumental in helping me to first define my professional goals and then attain them. When I first consulted with Baird, I was in mid-career and I had no idea what I really wanted to do with my life, but I knew that I wasn't satisfied with what I was doing. Ultimately, his insights and advice have led me to a new executive-level opportunity. I am very grateful to Baird for his work with me. He is an excellent listener and questioner who regularly provides profound insights into how you think and feel about your life and your work. I would recommend Baird to anyone who is uncertain about their professional future or who faces obstacles that are obscuring the path to a new opportunity.”
-- Vice-President for Research
"Baird is smart, engaging and extraordinarily helpful. He has developed practical and immediately applicable tools to make significant progress on a range of work challenges. Clients gain tremendous insight from working with him as he helps them translate new understanding into constructive and lasting progress. I give him my highest recommendation."
"I worked with Baird for several years in order to pursue a career that I had always wanted. During the course of our work together, I learned myriad things about my own strengths, weaknesses, potential, and what I needed in order to fulfill that potential. While the work was difficult, and results were not immediate, I saw marked improvements as we continued working together, and I have now successfully started the career that I wanted. Our work together was immensely helpful in getting me to where I am with a forecast for continued success."
-- Music Composer/Producer
“After speaking with several people about my professional unhappiness with little gain of insight, I consulted with Baird Brightman. His Career Consultation program enabled me to focus rapidly on the two or three main things that I needed to deal with more effectively. I thought I would have to change careers, but I found there was a much more direct and efficient way to enjoy going to work each day. After that positive experience, I asked Baird to help my daughter with her career planning, and she was very pleased with the results.”
"Baird is an excellent listener with comprehensive domain knowledge. He took the time to really understand my situation and walked me through steps that facilitated my own problem-solving. I greatly appreciated his work to be prepared for our meetings and making informed recommendations rather than taking the easy route of making off the cuff recommendations which is all too common in my experience. He delivered what he said he would to help me get to the optimal place."
-- Healthcare Executive
“Baird's breadth and depth of expertise is mind boggling. I don't know how to express enough gratitude for the positive results that I have in my life now as a result of consulting with Baird, both individually and as a business. His listening skills combined with his acumen for building and then carefully tweaking a customized plan for success have rescued me several times, and then enhanced my performance in the most critical areas of my business, and yes, life.”
"Baird Brightman helped me find a new path for my education and the career I wanted to build when I was struggling on my own. Thanks to his help I got my college degree and found a job in the field I wanted. I don't think I would have gotten here on my own. He was encouraging, helpful and very good at identifying where I was having problems and helping me handle them. I'm really grateful for the effort, time and patience Baird put into working with me, and I would encourage others to work with him if they are struggling with their education or career."
-- Research Technician
“Our firm relies on effective hiring to grow our business. Baird Brightman's thoughtful guidance and effective instruction on best talent selection practices helped refine our process, make it more efficient and accurate, and has already realized financial benefits well beyond the reasonable fees charged our firm.”
-- Principal, Environmental Engineering
“I worked with Baird in a very difficult CEO transition and subsequent company rebuilding. Baird became and has remained a trusted adviser since. He was admired for his great results by the management team and the employees. Baird brings the highest level of professionalism and intellectual integrity to each assignment. He does not shy away from dealing with difficult situations or personalities with the end result of a good workable solution.”
-- SVP/CFO, Biotechnology
“Worklife Strategies’ Talent Leadership program showed me how to create a company-wide approach to hiring and managing every person for success. The return on investment has been huge.”
-- COO, IT
“Baird makes the unclear clear.”
-- President, Telecommunications
"From our first conversation, Baird Brightman was able to relate to the issues I was dealing with and was able to guide me through some very difficult times. From our initial interview I felt that he listened to everything I was saying and was finally someone who understood what I was going through. With his guidance I was able to see that my full potential was being wasted and I was destined for more. I went from being what I called a lost soul to someone in control of her future."
“Baird is a trusted adviser and someone who can see the full personal dynamics of a situation. He is always able to put things in perspective even in the most trying circumstances.”
-- CEO, Healthcare
“Baird is the real deal. He brings uncommon rigor and sharply honed insight to his consultation with clients - integrating data, anticipating challenges, predicting dynamics, and scoping solutions that work. He collaborates to leverage the high value of human capital assets. All delivered with a light touch, Baird leaves you thinking that all the tangible progress was your own doing.
"I have hired Baird Brightman in two capacities. He coached a senior executive being transitioned to a new position. The move could have been viewed as either a demotion or a new opportunity. Thanks to Baird we retained the employee who is now thriving. In a second case Baird helped plan and facilitated a strategic planning retreat with our board. Our organization is now stronger and more effective thanks to Baird's work with us."
-- Board Chair, Non-Profit
“Baird Brightman has provided outstanding consultation to our business in particularly complex situations. He has a unique style which, in my view, is a perfect blend of integrity and professionalism and expertise. Baird has a direct, honest, sensible, generous and warm demeanor which makes him a pleasure to work with. I have worked with countless consultants and coaches in many years as an HR manager. Baird brings the best of the best inasmuch as I have come to trust and respect him completely. He understands the business objectives and goals, and centers his focus on results. He advises and coaches in a non-judgmental and practical way. I count on his counsel to be honest, sincerely thoughtful, and without the proverbial and typical sales pitch. I view Baird as a trusted partner with whom I am honored to work.”
-- HR Manager, Manufacturing
"There are many generic 'team building' programs out there. Worklife Strategies shows your team members exactly what to do so they can succeed together. That's the big difference."
-- Team Leader, Consumer Products
"Baird did a great job of helping me uncover the obstacles that were getting in my way of achieving my goals and getting the most satisfaction out of my work. His broad experience brings a multidisciplinary approach to maximizing your potential and increasing your overall satisfaction."
-- VP/General Manager
"Baird helps me deal with reality."
-- President, Manufacturing