Richard D. Brynteson, Ph.D.

Organizational Innovation Consultant

Driving Innovation for Individuals & Organizations


“Richard will push your thinking.” As an organizational consultant, executive coach, teacher, and writer, Richard helps his students and clients examine their own thinking and make changes in order to improve their productivity and quality of life.

Richard helps his clients innovate work processes and products in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency. He helps his coaching clients explore the relevance of their own assumptions and paradigms. Richard shines a mirror at his coaching clients so they can see the flaws in their thinking.

Dr. Brynteson has helped the Singapore military redesign work systems around Chinook helicopters, F-16 fighter planes, and naval patrol boats. Richard has created leadership training programs for several companies. He has helped engineers become more personable, executives become less fearful, and managers become more thoughtful.

Professor of Organizational Management, Concordia University (current)

Innovation Consultant, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

Ecolab, Product Line Manager

Software Clearing House, Marketing Manager

W.R Grace, Marketing Manager and Financial Analyst

Department of Defense (Singapore), Dell Computers (Malaysia), McCann Erickson (Singapore and Kuala Lumpur), Rochester Public Utilities, Austin Utilities, Healtheast, Zumbro Valley Mental Health Centers, Firstmark Services, Medtronic, Anoka County

University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Adult Education, 1997

University of Chicago, MBA, Finance and Marketing, 1980

Dartmouth College, BA, English

Once Upon A Complex Time: Using Stories to Understand Systems, 2006,

The Manager’s Pocket Guide to Innovation, 2010, HRD Press

The Manager’s Pocket Guide to Social Media, 2011, HRD Press (with Carol Rinkoff and Jason DeBoer Moran)