Lloyd Fickett & Associates, Inc.

Lloyd Fickett & Associates, Inc. has been working with companies since 1983 to develop effective leadership and teamwork. The Collaborative Way® emerged out of this work as a powerful structure for creating an environment of collaboration. For over two decades, it has proven to give companies an essential competitive advantage. We are passionate about bringing companies this way of working that honors the human spirit, opens up the wealth of a company’s collective intelligence and frees people to take new levels of responsibility as they step forward as generators of a company’s success. We feel privileged to participate with companies as they take on this journey.

Our Team

Lloyd Fickett
Ian Edwards
Marcus Bond
Declan Scott
Philippe Bartu
Joan-Claire Gilbert
Phil Bryson
Jason Fickett
Ro Herring
Oliver Schwarz

LloydLloyd Fickett founded Lloyd Fickett & Associates, Inc. in 1983, a management consulting firm initially focused on leadership, team building and extraordinary performance.

In 1990 Lloyd developed The Collaborative Way® while working with Rodel, the market leader in providing consumables for polishing silicon wafers. Rodel needed to find a way to meet the challenge of a massively expanding marketplace while having limited resources compared to their competitors. Lloyd developed The Collaborative Way® as an answer that could face these challenges and beat the competition by building an extraordinary way to work together. Rodel credits TCW as a critical element in their subsequent success including growth from 30 million in sales in 1989 to 200 million in 1997 and an expansion rate of 40% per year starting in 1994.

For the last 20 years, through supporting companies to adopt and practice The Collaborative Way®, Lloyd has helped those companies build the futures they envision while navigating rapid growth, mergers, acquisitions, competitive challenges and other market pressures. Clients of Lloyd Fickett & Associates, Inc. benefit from the durable sustainability of The Collaborative Way®, such as Allan Myers, a company that has been practicing The Collaborative Way® for over 23 years.

Lloyd is co-author of two books, The Collaborative Way®: A Story About Engaging the Mind and Spirit of a Company, and Leading the Collaborative Way: Overcoming the Seven Most Common Pitfalls.

Lloyd has also been involved in community work as the Founder and former Chairman of the Board of the Phoenix Youth at Risk Foundation. Most recently Lloyd served for 5 years as the Chairman of Shanta Foundation, which brings sustainable health, education, economic development to rural villages in Myanmar.

Ian Edwards is a senior level consultant with over 30 years of experience in helping clients succeed. Ian has assisted individuals, teams and organizations to be more effective through designing and facilitating initiatives, coaching, as well as consulting on processes and systems.

Ian was a senior consultant and managing partner with FranklinCovey for 17 years and then an independent consultant for 12 years. His work includes enhancing individual and team effectiveness, and enabling meaningful and sustainable change. The principles of The Collaborative Way® have in some way been a core part of every one of his client engagements.

Ian has led client engagements throughout the US and Europe, Eastern Europe, Canada, South America, Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Clients include: Microsoft, UNWomen, Prudential, EDS, Accenture, AON, Dell, Ernst & Young, HP, Zendesk, HMS Host, ZS Associates, Oracle, Fairmont Hotels, Pearl Izumi, numerous small to medium organizations as well as start-ups and individuals.

Marcus Bond has a Ph.D. in Organizational Development. He has 30 years of experience in the areas of transformational culture change, leadership development, executive and business coaching. He co-founded and led a leadership consulting firm for over 10 years using principles that have brought him to The Collaborative Way.

Marcus has worked across a diverse spectrum of organizations from Fortune 100 companies to healthcare, medical schools, financial institutions and technology firms. He has worked internationally in the United States, Europe and India with clients including AT&T, Verizon, Texas Medical Center, National Data Services. More recently, Marcus has worked with smaller entrepreneurial companies such as IT by Design, Astra Canyon FSP and Timney Triggers. Marcus’ clients consistently report significant results in increased profits, high performance team capability and creating sustainable cultures of collaboration and excellence.

Declan Scott FCA has 30 years experience across Ireland, England, Australia and New Zealand. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with an MA in Business Management and is a Fellowship member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

He has worked Internationally with KPMG prior to entering academia where he held a number of lecturing positions at leading universities in Australia and New Zealand. He is also the co-founder of an award winning artisan chocolate company and hospitality business based in New Zealand. In 2011, his local city, Christchurch was devastated by earthquakes. He undertook a community leadership role in helping the wider community rebuild their lives and their city. He experienced first hand the collaborative efforts of business and community which brought greater meaning to both. This led to a shift in focus to supporting businesses and their leaders to embrace adversity with creativity and resilience.

He is currently the Director of Operations for The Collaborative Way as well as being a member of the client delivery team. His clients include IT, Construction, Engineering, government and education.

Declan lives in Boulder, Colorado and with his wife Jen.

Philippe Bartu is a seasoned leadership coach and trusted advisor to CEOs and their teams. He brings extensive expertise from the hospitality industry, including management roles at Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons Hotels along with owning and managing one of Lisbon’s fine-dining restaurants. His experience as a people-pleaser and burnout survivor gives him a refreshing and personal appreciation for the importance of The Collaborative Way practice of Being For Each Other.

Since 2012, Philippe has run his own coaching practice, focusing on leadership development and creating healthy relationships within teams, families, and communities. In that time he has provided guidance to a diverse range of leaders and individuals of more than 20 nationalities, including entrepreneurs, CEOs, Olympic athletes, NGO founders, artists, best-selling authors, and startup founders.

Philippe has lived and worked in over 10 countries in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, allowing him to develop a sensitivity for cross-cultural challenges and opportunities. Fluent in five European languages, he lives with his young family in Zurich, Switzerland.

Joan-Claire Gilbert is an executive leadership coach and graduate of Princeton University (A.B., Economics) and Notre Dame Law School.  A formerly practicing attorney from Portland, Oregon, now living in Phoenix, Arizona, Joan-Claire helps her clients and their teams unlock elite performance while reducing stress by working at the root level of how they relate to themselves, others, and life.  She also guides law firms and other business leaders to create collaborative teams that attract and keep top talent.

As both a leadership development consultant and the Director of Operations for The Collaborative Way, Joan-Claire is deeply committed to helping organizations create collaborative teams that thrive in today’s dynamic business environment. She traces her passion for The Collaborative Way to her experience growing up in an ornamental tree nursery family business, witnessing her father’s highly collaborative leadership of an ethnically diverse team of 50+ employees.

Joan-Claire enjoys surfing in Hawaii, surf skating in Arizona, and spending quality time with her husband and three kids, ages 14, 12, and 6.

Phil Bryson has 32 years of experience designing and conducting breakthrough programs and management consulting for over 250 organizations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His expertise is in developing high performing leaders and teams as well as creating optimal organizational cultures based on The Collaborative Way® principles.

His engagements include several transformation and change management initiatives for all types of organizations. He has worked with numerous The Collaborative Way® clients over the past 22 years delivering breakthrough leadership intensives and programs.

His clients include, Allan Myers, Apple, AT&T, BP, ConocoPhillips, Cushman Wakefield, DuPont, General Motors, GE, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Leadership New Mexico, Lexus, Los Alamos & Sandia National Labs, Microsoft, PG&E, Porsche, and Southern Cal Edison.

Jason Fickett is a writer and co-author of The Collaborative Way: A Story About Engaging the Mind and Spirit of a Company and Leading the Collaborative Way: Overcoming the Seven Most Common Pitfalls. He has also self-published several works of fiction.

Jason has 20 years of experience as a public school teacher, including 10 years as an Early Childhood Montessori teacher. He received his BA in English from Arizona State University. 

Jason is excited to join our consulting team and to bring his years of experience with The Collaborative Way along with his skills as a teacher and a writer to the work of spreading The Collaborative Way as widely and deeply as possible. 

He lives in South Bend, IN with his two children. 

Dr. Herring is a retired federal employee with 40+ years of experience working with senior military and civilian leaders to enable and enhance organizational change and process improvement. As Director of Business Transformation with the Under Secretary of the Navy, Dr. Herring was awarded for leading efforts to streamline processes across the Navy organization, leading to substantial cost savings.

Upon retirement, Dr. Herring worked as a consultant to various organizations in business transformation and process improvement. As a former Collaborative Way Champion, Dr. Herring participated in facilitating multiple orientation sessions. These opportunities contributed significantly to her passion and practice of the principles of The Collaborative Way.

Dr. Herring holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University. She also has a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctorate in Ministry from Liberty University.


Oliver Schwarz is a highly accomplished individual with a diverse background. He graduated from the University of Colorado, specializing in Economics and Finance. With 15 years of experience at Merrill Lynch as a First Vice President of Investments, Oliver focused on offshore asset management and estate planning.

During the period from 2012 to 2020, Oliver worked as a realtor with REMAX, assisting overseas investors in managing their portfolios of US real estate holdings. Additionally, he co-founded Promocall Mexico, a call center in Mexico that collaborates with US corporations onshore.

Beyond his financial expertise, Oliver is a certified life and executive coach. He engages with corporate clients to facilitate personal development, enhance leadership skills, and improve team effectiveness. Oliver also offers coaching services to individuals and families, specifically addressing addiction, alcoholism, and codependency.

With fluency in both Spanish and English, Oliver is dedicated to introducing The Collaborative Way, a methodology for effective collaboration, to Mexico and other Spanish-speaking regions of the world.