Consulting and Training

Leigh Thompson offers consulting and training in negotiations, decision making, emotional intelligence, and leading teams for numerous companies and organizations, including:  Abbott, GE, Thomson Reuters, CSX, the American Orthopaedic Association, UnitedHealth Group, Cummins, Microsoft, Office Max, Selective Insurance, Unilever, Hollister, and the Intelligence Community. All of the work I do is based on rigorous management theory and research and the objective is to improve the ability of people to maximize their personal effectiveness and achieve their goals. My consulting and training is divided into five major areas: Negotiation, Leadership, Teamwork, Creativity,and Emotional Intelligence and Coaching.

The training method I use is based upon a 3-part model of change and improvement: Assessment, Feedback & Action Skills. 

Assessment: The training methods are highly interactive: managers and executives are invited to test their abilities. This is the opposite of passive learning. Learning by doing is extraordinarily effective.

Feedback: Participants are provided with immediate and detailed feedback regarding their behaviors, judgments, decisions, and interpersonal effectiveness. This is a great opportunity for people to evaluate their effectiveness within a safe, learning environment. 

Action Skills:Most important, participants are provided with a toolbox of customized skills that can be put to use to improve their effectiveness. 

My clients include:

Computer Software/Hardware

  • Compaq
  • CDW
  • DataDirect Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • OpenConnect Systems
  • Officemax
  • Thomson Reuters

Financial/Professional Services

  • Fleet Financial
  • GE
  • Heller Financial
  • Jefferson Wells
  • UBS Asset Management

Foods/Food Production

  • Barilla
  • Cargill
  • Chiquita Brands
  • Con Agra
  • Fresh Express
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lamb Weston


  • American Bar Association
  • American Corporate Counsel Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Attorney general Illinois, Washington
  • CIA
  • FBI
  • Federal Reserve
  • Illinois Dept Public Regulation
  • International Security Management Association
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers


  • Abbott Pharmaceuticals
  • Akzo Nobel
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Biomarin
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Chamberlain Group
  • Eisai Inc.
  • Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
  • Hollister
  • Novartis
  • Premier Healthcare
  • United Health One
  • United Health Group
  • Wellpoint


  • Chubb Insurance
  • Selective Insurance


  • ATT
  • Cadillac
  • Case
  • CSX
  • Cummins
  • ChevronTexaco
  • DMG Maximus
  • First Industrial Realty Trust
  • Gold Eagle
  • MacLean-Fogg
  • Sears Holdings
  • Schneider Electric
  • SC Johnson
  • Storaenso
  • Zimmer
  • Unilever

Legal / Law

  • Seyfarth Shaw
  • Sidley & Austin
• Cargill