Carlos Valdes-Dapena is the author of Lessons from Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High Performance Collaboration and Teamwork.
developed his expertise in collaboration at the highest organizational levels.
For 17 years he was an internal consultant at Mars, Inc., and was directly
involved with brands like M&M’s, Snickers, Uncle Ben’s Rice and Wrigley’s
Gum. There he won the company’s prestigious Global Make the Difference Award
for his work on the Mars Framework for High Performance Collaboration.
Mars, Carlos spent three years at IBM as an executive coach and consultant to
the top 35 global leaders including CEO Lou Gerstner and his direct reports.
His career started in 1993 with DDI, a global talent development consulting
firm. His clients included AT&T, Pfizer, General Motors and Lockheed Martin
he is Managing Principal and founder of Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC,
an organization and group effectiveness consulting firm. He has presented at
numerous executive conferences including the North American Organization
Development Network, The Conference Board and the Organization Design Forum.
talk challenges conventional approaches to corporate team building, something
organizations spend tens of millions of dollars every year with little
measurable impact. He discusses the insights he developed while working with
Mars and offers a different way for organizations and groups to think about -
and do something about – developing more effective teams and teamwork.
Specifically, Carlos identified the critical link between two seemingly
contradictory theories – what motivates high achieving individuals and what
makes groups work effectively. His thinking and approach provide a
straight-forward and practical way to unlock higher team performance.