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“Bryan is solid systems change leader. His ability to engage in thought partnership on how to think about complex problems was critical to our systems change work.”

michelle wilson
Michelle Wilson, EdDDirector of Evaluation and Learning, National Fund for Workforce Solutions

“Bryan was a pleasure to work with. I found him to be a strategic thinker and a professional committed to system change as well as developing a system that would address the needs of most marginalized community members. His tireless and visionary leadership on solving complex problems is contagious and indispensable.”

rassoul dastmodz
Rassoul Dastmodz, PhDPresident and CEO, PIVOT4Change Consulting

“Bryan was instrumental in driving systems change. The data insights he brought forward were very powerful. His leadership and talent as a true collaborative partner was invaluable.”

deb broberg
Deb BrobergExecutive Director, RealTime Talent

Bryan’s leadership enabled our funder collaborative to change state-level policies and funding practices. He helped us to continually adapt to the political and economic context, while also challenging us to learn from the lived experiences of the people we aimed to help. I appreciated his sense of how to advance systems-change strategies in complex and changing environments.”

joel luedtke
Joel LuedtkeProgram Director, Minneapolis Foundation

“I personally enjoyed working with Bryan as he brought a very rigorous and practical approach to problems that often seemed insurmountable. His leadership and systematic approach helped us to develop strategy and viable solutions.”

navjeet singh
Navjeet SinghConsultant

“I’ve enjoyed working with Bryan. He is a strategic thinker and leader. Over the years I’ve seen his passion, expertise and leadership make a huge impact with change initiatives that have made our community stronger.

Laura Beeth
Laura BeethVice President Human Resources – Workforce Partnerships, Fairview Health Services

“Bryan’s leadership in helping our organization address complex social and structural impediments to improved workforce development contributed significantly to our members’ successes in regions around the country. Our team thoroughly enjoyed working with and learning systems changes strategies from Bryan.”

fred dedrick
Fred DedrickFormer President and CEO, National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Bryan’s work is transformative. He expertly uses work tools to encourage teamwork between big systems, driving them to tasks, goals and results. Getting to results is all about work tools that guide teamwork. Call on Bryan Lindsley for those.”

mike christenson
Mike ChristensonVarious roles, Hennepin County

“It was a privilege to work and learn with Bryan. He is an excellent thought leader, facilitator and educator with deep experience supporting system improvement, planning and assessment efforts.”

andrea ferstan
Andrea FerstanVice President of Systems Innovation, Center for Economic Inclusion

“Bryan’s focused leadership for our funders collaborative brought forward critical data analysis that we used to methodically assess our direction and progress. His ability to analyze complex systems and target strategic change opportunities helped us add value and shift public will.”

Eric Muschler
Eric MuschlerDirector of Housing and Health Equity, The Greater Minnesota Housing Fund

Who is Bryan Lindsley?

Just a human obsessed with problem-solving

I’m a strategic adviser for social and public sector leaders working on the toughest societal problems like poverty, crime and homelessness.

I’m the guy they come to when they want to stop spinning their wheels and realize transformational, systems-level change. 

No instant gimmicks, silver bullets, or utopian dreams here – just rigorous and pragmatic methods and tools to make consistent progress. More about Bryan.

Let’s find out how I can help you become more effective:

#1. We hop on a 30-min Google Meet.

#2. I ask you a few questions about your specific challenges. We discuss how I could help you.

#3. You decide if we’re a good fit.

“Working with Bryan has been impactful for my personal leadership. He is an excellent listener. We worked at my pace, but he also nudged me toward my goals when needed. He has a keen ability to develop personalized leadership strategy that is clear, focused and nimble.”

ling becker
Ling BeckerDirector of Workforce Solutions, Ramsey County

Bryan is an amazing thought partner and coach. He supported us through a complex systems change project, offering invaluable insights and practical tools for strategic problem analysis and action planning. His thoughtful and encouraging approach has made our endeavors more successful as we grapple with the long-haul work of enabling diverse stakeholders to collaborate and change interrelated practices for greater impact.”

linda dworak
Linda DworakDirector, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative

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Every client relationship begins with your specific goals and needs.

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Making consistent and lasting progress on the toughest social problems.

Working with Bryan as a coach was an excellent experience for me. His support deepened and expanded my thinking about the work in which I was engaged, and therefore noticeably my overall effectiveness. For me, it’s hard to find higher praise than somebody supporting my effectiveness in a highly valued way. Bryan provided a variety of thought partnership I needed on a challenging engagement, for which I remain grateful.”

Prashant GoelLeadership Advisor