About Me

I draw on four decades of experience leading, observing, and living through organizational change. In 1997, I founded esther derby associates, inc. and work with a broad array of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start ups. My approach blends attention to humans and deep knowledge of complex adaptive systems.

Esther Derby esther@estherderby.com

In addition to consulting, I have an extensive background in designing and leading experiential learning. I teach workshops both on-line and in-person around the world. My workshops support leaders to explore how they can adapt the environment to amplify empowerment, engage in joint problem-solving, and evolve their systems towards better results.

I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies shape their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.

If you’d like to get a taste of how I approach things call me at +1 612 239 1214 or email me for a free mini consultation.

I’m an original founder of the AYE Conference, and I have served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance.

I’ve learned a lot about how organizations work through observation and action research.  I also hold an MA in Organizational Leadership and a certificate in Human System Dynamics.