About Dr. Carol Grojean

Social Systems Scientist: Leadership & ORganizational Transformation


About Dr. Carol Grojean

As a Leadership professional in the areas of Organizational Effectiveness, Project Management, and Transformational Change, Dr. Carol Grojean has spent the past 20 years’ guiding large, complex, strategic initiatives. Carol is adept at designing and implementing programs which drive strategic business and organizational culture shifts through building trust and delivering results.

With extensive business process, project, and program management skill set built on 3 Master degrees and a Ph.D. in organizational systems psychology: leadership and social transformation as well as wilderness rite of passage guiding, council facilitating, and peace mediation training.

Carol brings a unique and much-needed perspective on the human behavior in human systems, focused on building cultures where individuals at all levels can bring their distinct, creative talents to their roles while providing the necessary skills to the whole system values and vision.

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My Story

Hi, my name is Dr. Carol Grojean and I am a social systems scientist passionate about human culture inside organizations. I have nearly 3 decades experience driving large organizational transformation and re-engineering billion dollar product releases as well as hold 3 masters degrees and a PhD in organizational performance, leadership development, and cultural transformation.

But in 2014 I found myself deep in an existential crisis. I was in the middle of a 7.5 billion dollar merger when I snapped – stressed, overwhelmed, and burnt out – I couldn’t take it any longer. So I quit my job and spent four years traveling the world studying different rites of passages, cultural ceremonies, and indigenous practices. I deeply questioned the values of my culture and became passionate to understand how can we lead our organizations more like a cultural ceremony than a lifeless scorecard?

A Modern World in Need of Initiation

In 2018, I re-entered the workforce to help drive culture change in Microsoft’s Cloud and Quantum computing organization. For three years what I experienced was an increasing culture of pressure to do more with less time, fragmented and disruptive work, and an overwhelmed human caught in the middle swimming in the hormones of stress. As I looked around at other human systems of work, I saw much of the same. It appeared to me that the notion of thriving in a creative, supportive, nurturing environment is far from the human experience in our post-modern world of work.

So I spent that three years diving deeper into human behavior and the neuroscience behind the impact this way of working has on our culture and realized that the question in front of us today is:

What does it mean to be human in a digital world, and how do we unlock our capacities for a purposeful and meaningful life in the work we do?