Jim Grady, StrategyDriven Senior AdvisorSenior Advisor
Phone: (334) 742-8255
Email: [email protected]
Jim Grady is a StrategyDriven Advisory Services Senior Advisor with over forty years of Healthcare over twenty years consulting experience related to behavioral and management issues. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama and performed his residency training and received a Master of Science in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Grady advises senior leaders on the topics of strategic planning and budgeting; personnel development and training; and organizational development, culture, and change management.

As a trusted advisor, Dr. Grady has consulted for federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, higher education, and health related institutions. Some of his engagements include:

  • Chief Executive Officer, Pivot Point Business Solutions – serves as the chief executive responsible for business development of a consulting firm that enables better managerial decisions through the use of research-based analytical tools that identify the unique nature of individuals who collectively make up an organization.
    • Global Defense Organization – Collaborative study involving 35 countries for incoming leader with an interest in revising the organizational structure and other processes upon arrival. All interviews and assessments were presented/conducted in both English and Spanish to all participants. The combination of the qualitative interviews and quantitative assessments resulted in specific target areas. The analytic data from both perspectives provided the project with unique information that supported the development of a comprehensive change strategy designed to measurably increase the success.
    • Federal Government Agency – Business Process/Structure redesign of the organizational units that impacted the Audit Staff, Actuarial Staff, and associated Management personnel. The key business function of this agency is the protection of retirement incomes of more than 44 million American workers in 27,500 private sector defined benefit pension plans.
    • Healthcare Organization – Outpatient Surgical Facility with multiple locations. Employee behavioral reactions were measured based on the results of three leadership changes over a period of nearly 5 years. The quantitative analytic identified challenging behavioral perceptions and attitudes verified through qualitative interviews. Customized performance developed based on analytic data collected.
  • Founding and Managing Partner, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of East Alabama – responsible for budgeting, planning and practice development. Also served for eight years on the Executive Committee for the Alabama Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and two year terms each as its vice president and then president of the society.
  • Executive Committee, East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) – served as an instructor for training doctors, nurses, and emergency medical personnel associated with EAMC and others from surrounding counties in the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification course. Jim was responsible for the instruction and evaluation of course participants; serving on the team that certified participants found to be competent to conduct and administer life sustaining procedures, interventions, and drugs to patients who are experiencing a severe medical emergency.
  • Alabama Commission on Higher Education – appointed by Governor Fob James to the commission (the state funding and program approval authority for all state institutes of higher learning) where he served from 1983-1992 and as chairman of the Academic Affairs committee from 1988-90.
  • Organizational Science Department, The George Washington University – served as guest lecturer for the Organizational Trust course (32 contact hours, 3 credit hours).
  • Major, U.S. Army Medical Service Corp – served with distinction as a dental surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corp during the height of the Cold War.

Jim’s insights have been published in several well respected periodicals and presented at national conferences:


  • Reconciling Today’s Organizational Culture with Yesterday’s Human Nature, Association of Change Management Professionals Global Conference, 2014
  • The Pivot Point: Success in Organizational Change, Morgan-James Publishing, 3013
  • The Relationship of Bowlby’s Attachment Theory to the Persistent Failure of Organizational Change Initiatives, Journal of Change Management, DOI:10.1080/14697017.2012.728534, 2012
  • Organizational Mistrust: Exploring the issues, Pondering Its Fate…, Journal of Organisational and Social Dynamics, Volume 11 no 1, pp41-58, 2011
  • Organizational Change, Mental Models And Stability: Are They Mutually Exclusive Or Inextricably Linked?, Journal of Organizational Development, Fall. Volume 29 no3.
  • Winnicott’s Potential Space And Transitional Objects: Implications For The Organizational Change Process And Its Previously Defined Relationship To An Organizational Loss Of Effectiveness (LOE), Journal of Organisational and Social Dynamics, vol 8 no 2, 278-297, 2008
  • KM Technologies and the Organizational LOE: The Unintended Consequence of Constant Organizational Change, Kevin O’Sullivan (Eds), Strategic Knowledge Management in Multinational Organizations, (pp 104-118). Pennsylvania: IGI Global.
  • Practice and Personnel Development, In Frost DE, Hersh EV, Levin LM (eds): Volume I: Anesthesia / Dentoalveolar Surgery/ Practice Management. Fonseca RJ (ed): Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 2000; Chapter 28, pp 597-620.


  • Leading Institutional Change: Attachment Behavior and the Influence of Culture on Reactions Inherent in Change, CASE District II Annual Conference, 2015
  • Up-Front Analysis…, ISPI Conference, Indianapolis, April 2014
  • Use of a Quantitative Tool to Identify, Measure, Track Symptoms Emerging in Employees as a Result of Organizational Change: A Professional Development Workshop, International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, July 2013
  • Mind the Gap: The Personal Challenges of Change, Alabama Association of Regional Councils, 2012
  • The International Dynamics of Family Businesses, International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, June 2012
  • Employee Reaction to Change Initiatives and the Hidden Impact on the Organization, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2011
  • Complexity and Organizational Change: The Impact on the 21st Century Workforce, Alabama Workforce Development Conference: Hosted by Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, 2010
  • Critical Components of Organizational Trust: Raising the Issue, Exploring the Origin, Pondering the Cure…, OPUS International Conference Organisational and Social Dynamics, November 2009

Jim earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama and a Master of Science degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of North Carolina where he also performed his residency.

Jim can be contacted by phone at (334) 742-8255 or email at [email protected].