Executive Coaching and Development; Quality of Work Life; Group Dynamics, Psychological Testing.


My doctoral research on self-concept conducted within a longitudinal study of cognitive and personality development at the University of California, Berkeley ( continues to inspire every aspect of my work with individuals, executives, teams and organizational cultures -- each is part of a complex ecosystem, changing and developing over time -- and influenced by dynamic situations in the environment.

Earlier in my career I was a marketing vice president and managed product campaigns, client satisfaction programs, and co-marketing alliances with corporations including IBM, Unisys, Kodak as well as client organizations including Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Chase Manhattan Bank, NJ Department of Labor, Federal Express, and Consolidated Edison.

Currently, as an organizational consultant I weave the business and psychology research threads together to focus on leadership development and organizational productivity – using tools of executive coaching, assessment, team dynamics facilitation, and project management. My mission: to help organizations execute on competitive strategies and innovation within a high quality work life culture. I have worked with organizations across a wide range of industries including financial services, publishing, high-tech, education and government. I also still maintain a small clinical psychology psychotherapy practice.


Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley
B.A.: State University of New York, Stony Brook

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Gans, A (2001; 2000) Emotional intelligence and leadership in the new economy. Workshops for the Northern California Human Resource Association; San Francisco, Oakland, Sunnyvale, CA.

Gans, A (2000) The future of learning in the learning organization of the future. Presentations to: 1) the Institute for the Future; Palo Alto, CA. and 2) Global Business Network (GBN), Emeryville, CA.

Gans, A (1999) The Virtual Office: Breakthrough, Benefit, Burden? Presentation at the Work Family Congress ’99, New York City, NY.

Gans, A (1999) When the times are changing and chaos breeds innovation: Recapturing the value of constructive thinking and play in simulation training. Journal of the Association of Business Simulation and Experiential Learning.

Gans, A (1998) The Cultivate Your Gardens Program: Organizational change through partnering education, community service, and clinical intervention. Paper presented to the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.
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Gans, A (1998) Innovations in the work environment: The role of technology in workplace flexibility. Presentation at the Women in Technology International Conference Summit, Santa Clara, CA.

Gans, A (1995) Imaging Technology-Enabled Telecommuting. White paper prepared for Wang Laboratories.

Gans, A. (1987) The war and peace of the Vietnam Memorials. American Imago, 44, 315-329 and paper presented to the American Psychological Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.

Linn, M.C., Pulos, S., and Gans, A. (1981) Correlates of formal reasoning: contents and problem effects. Journal of Science Teaching, 18,435-447.

Gans, A. (1979) Development of iconography in the art work of Wassily Kandinsky . Paper presented to the American Psychological Association Convention, New York.

Morrison, A.L., and Gans, A. (1977) The relationship between personality mechanisms and cognitive performance at three age levels. Paper presented to the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.


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