Kenneth M. (Ken) Baylor, DBA
Ken Baylor’s distinguished career reflects his unique talents to motivate high performance and lead organizations through rapid growth and profitability. As a Corporate Officer and Vice President of premier multi-billion dollar service organizations, he successfully aligned people with strategies that enhanced operational effectiveness and led organizational development. His prowess in union avoidance as well as a Chief Negotiator for major labor agreements throughout North America further supports his accomplished reputation.
Dr. Baylor’s extensive background includes election to corporate and non-profit Boards of Directors; a lead management trustee for health and welfare funds; Fortune 500 service and manufacturing organizations; an employment law firm; and the National Labor Relations Board. His vast experience includes a full range of qualitative activities with an emphasis on leadership development, organizational behavior, operational effectiveness, change management, talent retention, compensation and rewards systems, merger integration, dispute resolution, safety, and a special expertise in employee and labor relations, all in support of national and international organizations.
Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards for leadership and outstanding performance. For example, Dr. Baylor was a unanimous selection for the “Distinguished Service Award” from the NWRA citing his, “leadership” and “…the highest spirit of volunteerism and involvement, personal integrity, professionalism, and performance in an honorable and ethical manner.” More recently, he was the recipient of SWANA’s “Robert L. Lawrence Lecturer Award” which recognizes national/international leaders and experts in the field of solid waste management or other segment of environmental protection. He also led the initiatives that resulted in a multi-billion dollar North American company’s selection as a “Best Place to Work.”
As a “popular” and “celebrated” keynote speaker and seminar leader, he is frequently asked to address professional organizations nationwide on leadership topics and is published in professional and scholarly journals. His qualitative research on authentic leadership in crisis management was recognized by the North American Management Society and the American National Business Hall of Fame with the “Distinguished Paper Award for Leadership” as well as their “Leadership and Leading Track Award.” His other publications include ground breaking empirical research concerning the influence of pride, motivation, and job satisfaction factors on talent retention. Ken’s recently featured commentary on opportunities for improving the operational culture in the environmental services industry was one of the publisher’s most widely read articles ever.
In addition, Ken teaches graduate and doctoral level courses at Harvard University as well as other accredited universities/institutes in leadership, organizational behavior, management, critical thinking, and business strategy curriculums.