Brian Bienn, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant Assessment & Development Practice

Brian Bienn joined Turknett Leadership Group as Senior Consultant, Assessment and Development Practice, in April of 2019. Through utilizing best-in-class assessments and developmental feedback with targeted coaching, Brian helps leaders enhance their impact and accelerate their readiness for more complex roles and responsibilities. Brian also supports clients through conducting robust assessments of external candidates for critical positions, helping to avoid costly hiring missteps and significantly increasing the likelihood that leaders brought on board possess the leadership competencies needed to succeed in the role and the personal attributes and character needed to fit with the organization’s culture and values. At the team level, Brian works with multi-stakeholder teams that recognize the importance of establishing a collective vision, shared objectives and values, and the foundational processes to promote dialogue, manage disagreement, and continuously improve.

Career Highlights

  • For a Fortune 100 Consumer Products Company: Led assessment and feedback project for VP and Director level leadership assessments to determine readiness for advancement and to inform developmental planning
  • For a Regional Energy Cooperative: Pre-hire assessments to select candidates for Finance and Operations VP positions
  • For Fortune 100 Global Telecom Company: Coached Senior Directors participating in high-performing, high-potential leadership program around enhancing influence, leadership brand development and cross-organizational collaboration
  • For a Government Agency: Leadership assessment, development plans, feedback and coaching with management to accelerate individual development as well as to address culture strengthening opportunities within the organization
  • For National Electrical Contractor: Supported President to build a culture emphasizing talent retention and coaching utilizing targeted development goals and actions for both senior leaders and direct reports

Areas of Specialization

  • Executive coaching with corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and high potentials
  • Pre-hire selection assessment
  • Team development inclusive of executive and direct reports
  • Assessment for Promotion
  • Leader development planning & support for accelerated effectiveness
  • Partnering & Team-Building
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Executive Presence / Professional Brand
  • Assessment for Remote Work Effectiveness

Unique Attributes

  • Bachelors in Psychology from Louisiana State University, Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Clinical Psychology from LSU
  • Adjunct faculty and senior executive coach with the LSU Executive Education Center supporting multiple leadership development programs
  • Subject matter expertise in Emotional Intelligence. Co-author of the “Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace” chapter of Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life
  • One of the country’s most experienced providers of Partnering – team building on large- scale construction projects that improves team performance and financial outcomes for all stakeholder organizations
  • Hobbies

    Time spent doing my best to ensure that I’m able to offer the best version of me – to be most helpful in supporting clients. Activities include walking, mindfulness routines, and games with family members and my dog.

  • Movie


  • TV Show

    The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (Ken Burns)

  • Book

    Leadership and the New Science (Margaret Wheatley)

  • Quote

    "I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir