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Nathaniel Foote


During his 30 year career in management consulting, Nathaniel has helped dozens of companies improve performance and accelerate growth through more effective strategy development and greater organizational alignment and commitment.  He has also led a number of major, multi-constituency projects to improve innovation, collaboration and outcomes in the not-for-profit sector.

Nathaniel is a co-author of  Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value, based on a four-year research study, including interviews with 36 CEOs. He also was a collaborator with Mike Beer on High Commitment, High Performance and has written extensively on the role of superior strategy, organization design and knowledge management in achieving high performance. Nathaniel is also a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.

Past Experience

Nathaniel spent 19 years with McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner and leader of McKinsey's Organization Design practice and also had global responsibility for the effectiveness of McKinsey's communities of practice.


“Higher Ambition Leadership,” Harvard Business Review, September, 2011

“The Uncompromising Leader,” Harvard Business Review, July 2008

“Making Solutions the Answer,” McKinsey Quarterly, 2001


Nathaniel and his family lived in England for 13 years, where he co-founded the UK chapter of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.  He enjoys bicycling, tennis and travel, and has climbed all 48 of the mountains in New Hampshire over 4000 feet.


B.A., Harvard University
University of Cambridge, Fiske Scholar
J.D., Harvard Law School
M.B.A., Harvard Business School