Louis S. Csoka, PhD, BCB, Partner
Louis S. Csoka, PhD, BCB, President and Founder, has designed, developed, and implemented Leadership Development programs with primary focus on sustained peak performance. He has successfully delivered targeted results as a performance consultant with various organizations across a multitude of disciplines and industries. He has worked with organizations in applying peak performance technology as the primary lever for achieving extraordinary results. Dr. Csoka’s engagements have focused on the following areas:
- Creating Peak Performance Centers and providing peak performance skills training
- Designing and implementing performance-based leadership frameworks and programs
- Providing Executive Performance Coaching
- Developing high-performance executive teams
- Training and developing athletes in mental skills for sustained peak performance
At West Point, COL (RET) Csoka created, developed, and directed the U.S. Military Academy’s first-ever Performance Enhancement Center. The center provides education and training in mental skills essential for enhancing performance. It received international recognition as a unique, one-of-a-kind performance excellence program. The Center has been highlighted on ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS. More recently, Dr. Csoka has created the first ever Peak Performance Center in a Fortune 500 company. It is modeled after the Center created at West Point. The adaptation of performance enhancement principles from the West Point experience has proven to be a successful leader development tool for business executives.
As SVP for Human Resources in a $6B global manufacturing company, Dr. Csoka led the transformation of the company’s human resources function. This involved reengineering the HR organization, recruiting and training new human resources talent, and aligning HR practices with business needs. Under his leadership, the human resources organization led the company in creating a team-based organization and designing its first leader development program.
Serving as Director of Research at The Conference Board, Dr. Csoka led the reorganization and transformation of the Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness research cell, resulting in world-class reports on key human resources issues and best practices. In this role, he also facilitated senior human resources executive councils of Fortune 1000 companies in their periodic meetings to discuss and find solutions to challenging issues.
COL (RET) Louis Csoka served for 21 years on the West Point faculty in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. As Professor of Psychology & Leadership and part of the first leadership team of this newly formed department, he played a major role in the design of the organization and its curriculum, course development, and faculty selection and development. In addition to teaching, he published extensively in professional journals, made over 50 presentations at conferences, and served as an internal leadership and organizational development consultant to the U.S. Army.
COL (RET) Csoka served with distinction as an Army officer and unit leader in Germany, Holland, Korea, and Vietnam. He retired from the US Army in 1993.
Education and Professional Organizations
As a successful leader, scholar, teacher, and consultant, Dr. Csoka understands the day-to-day performance challenges executives face. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Dr. Csoka is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Society for Training & Development, International Society for Performance Improvement and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. He is a current board member of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology, and is board certified in biofeedback training.
Brian Hackett, Partner
Brian Hackett, Co-Founder and Partner, was an independent author, researcher, and advisor to senior executives. He has over 25 years experience in HR research, management consulting, and executive education. A recognized expert in fostering collaborative relationships that produce both learning and action, Brian worked primarily with top executive teams committed to exploring real change in how they work together to create value with employees for the benefit of customers and shareholders.
Brian served as Director of the Leadership Network, a group of Roundtable Forums which serves over 100 Fortune 500 executives. These Forums are member-driven, high trust, executive peer networks that focus on enhancing the strategic role of the Human Resources and Leadership Development functions.
Brian also designed and led several Learning Journeys that enabled individual executives and teams to benchmark best practices and to learn from their peers in other organizations. He has worked with teams in a variety of organizational settings to build their knowledge-sharing capabilities and to break down barriers to effective learning.
Brian was previously the lead researcher for the Conference Board’s HR research department. He had the good fortune to start his HR career with Towers Perrin. Brian holds an ILR degree from Cornell University and is currently a member of the editorial board of The University of Michigan’s HR Management Journal.