An expert in strategy and leadership, Carl Francis has spent decades working with business leaders to turn serious problems into real progress. He is an adviser, author, instructor, and innovator in strategic thinking, planning, leadership, and the future.
Carl's work focuses on challenges such as leadership and ownership transitions, threats, competitiveness, strategic market presence, brand renewal, and getting important deals completed. His diverse client base includes banks, law and insurance firms, corporations, consultants and advisers, government agencies, and non-profits.
He is a former Board Member of the Chester County Community Foundation and a past Board Member of Chester County 2020, Easttown Library Foundation, and Priority One Foundation, as well as an adviser to the Chester County Planning Commission, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and more than a dozen other corporate and non-profit boards.
Carl received the President's Award from the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry for leading their Strategic Task Force.
A long-time member of Vistage, a national CEO peer-to-peer advisory group, Carl recently received the 2012 Skip Lange Award for exceptional personal and professional contributions to his group and to individual members.
Since 2005, he has been an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in their internationally-ranked MBA programs – creating popular new courses in C-level thinking, planning, leadership, and strategy. In 2009, he received a Distinguished Teaching Award for the Executive MBA program. He also teaches area leaders through Drexel’s Corporate and Executive Education program.
In order to support clients and executive students, Carl and his team have been working on re-inventing the practice of planning and strategic thinking, which has led to developing next-generation planning and strategic tools and processes – called the Enactix® platform of Leadership Tools. They have already invented dozens of new visually-based tools for leaders – including Reality Mapping, One-line Planning, Progress Lines, Seven Levels of Strategic Thinking, the Dream On Lifecycle of Business, and the Envisian 360 – which enables rapid diagnosis of problem areas across multiple disciplines.
As Director of the Years Ahead Project, Carl is researching why some leaders are years ahead of others. He has interviewed dozens of leaders for what is likely to be a 2014 book.
Today, Carl’s practice extends throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and often beyond. He lives in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.