Dick Grote spent the first five years of his career with General Electric,
graduating from GE’s acclaimed Manufacturing Training Program. At GE he spent one of his years as a second shift foreman
and had assignments in union relations, hourly employment, and as a layoff coordinator.
He was recruited away from GE by United Airlines to be the personnel manager for all of United Airlines’ East Coast
operations. Dick then moved to United’s corporate headquarters in Chicago where he spent
three years in the company’s management development department.
In 1972 he joined Frito-Lay in Dallas, Texas as corporate director of training and development. At Frito-Lay, Dick developed the
unique Discipline Without Punishment® performance
In 1977 Dick left the corporate world to start his own consulting practice specializing exclusively in the field of performance
management. Since then he has created performance management systems for several hundred of the world’s best known and
most-respected organizations, including Texas Instruments, JCPenney, Miller Brewing Company, American Airlines, the City of Houston,
United States Congressional Budget Office, Raytheon, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, and the State of Georgia.
While most of his clients are Fortune 500 companies, he has also worked with international charitable organizations like CARE and
the American Red Cross. He was engaged by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey following the destruction of the World Trade
Center, buildings that the Port Authority owned, on September 11. He was engaged by LucasFilm to help George Lucas integrate his
five companies (including Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light and Magic) into “one company, one culture.”
He was awarded a medal by the director of the National Security Agency for his work in creating a new performance management
system for NSA. He is the rare management consultant who has been engaged by a labor union — he was hired by the Screen Actors
Guild to facilitate their planned merger with AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
For five years, Dick Grote was a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” program.
For twenty years he was adjunct professor of management at the University of Dallas graduate school. His articles have appeared in
the Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal.