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    Barbara K. Strandell

       President, What Works Inc.

Barbara Strandell - President and Principal Consultant

Barbara K Strandell helps organizational leaders solve workplace problems. Integral to these engagements is teaching managers how to manage, employees how to overcome workplace issues and leaders how to think, plan and act strategically.


Combining her skill in organizational development and extensive business management experience, Strandell has become a popular value-added facilitator for transforming organizations large and small, public and private. She is a former business executive of two Fortune 500 companies and an instructor at the Public Management Academy, Inver Hills Community College.  Ms. Strandell delivers seminars and speeches on workplace issues including work-life balance; leadership; performance management; communication; team building; conflict; change; accountability; and civility at work.


Ms. Strandell has an impeccable track record as a management coach and organizational development and staffing assessment authority. She has helped many leaders understand and resolve morale and accountability challenges.


Her cohort-based management team leadership program, Project L.E.A.D. has had raves reviews from clients.


Her 15-year corporate career includes front-line management and executive positions in operations, marketing, sales, product management, small business development and strategic planning. She worked for The Service Bureau Company (IBM) in Philadelphia, Commercial Credit Company in Baltimore and Control Data Corporation of Minneapolis.


She has served on several non-profit Boards of Directors. At this time she is a member of the executive committee for The Main Street Project in Northfield, MN. She currently is the president and owner of two companies: What Works Inc. and Byron’s Collection Inc.


Her clients have included: Met Council, City of Blaine, White Bear Township, Cargill, IBM, St. Thomas University, Ramirez Thomas Elementary School (Santa Fe, NM), 3M, Hiawatha Learning Academy, Annunciation School (Minneapolis), Senior Community Services, League of Minnesota Cities, Carver County, Scott County, Minnesota Library Association, The Burlington Northern, MN Nurses Association, Riverwood International, St. Paul Libraries, City of Burnsville, City of Oakdale, IBM, MN Department of Corrections, City of Maplewood, AFSCME, Blue Cross Animal Hospital, Burnsville, Hopkins Police Department, City of Plymouth, City of Inver Grove Heights, West Metro Fire, City of Crookston, City of Arden Hills, City of Saint Cloud.


Ms. Strandell holds an MBA in Management from the University of South Dakota and a BA in Psychology from South Dakota State University.

what we help organizations do ...

  • Work with Conflict 

  • Improve Relationships at Work

  • Lead: Project LEAD© 

  • Create Organizational Infrastructure

  • Strategic Planning

  • Develop Managers and Supervisors

  • Craft Performance Feedback

  • Build COHESIVE Teams

  • Create Norms of Behavior

  • Find Talent/Executive Search

  • Re-set Relationships


What happens when one person in your workgroup is not held accountable?

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