Phil Hallstein is a business consultant, organizational designer, and executive coach dedicated to helping managers, teams, and businesses build powerful practices to more actively fulfill their potential. In 2004 he founded the Upside Group, a leadership development and consulting firm. Many organizations have utilized his management experience and program design skills to generate more responsive business processes, better-coordinated leadership teams, and higher levels of customer satisfaction. He has helped executives and managers create business cultures that foster greater accountability, commitment, and ownership.

For the previous 7 years Phil was a partner of SportsMind, an innovative leadership and management development company. His programs were applied in various corporate cultures to produce greater employee productivity and business results. For example, at Capital One a leading financial services company, he designed and led a long-term leadership program, an executive level change management program called Transforming for Success, and a corporate wide Cultural Values program for 8,000 Associates.

Phil has an outstanding track record for tackling the complicated problems of organizational leadership and business management. As a co-founder of Business Design Associates, an international consulting firm, he designed and conducted consulting engagements to improve teamwork and business processes around the world: ABB in Sweden, Agip Petroli in Italy, and Ontario Hydro in Toronto.

For over 30 years Phil has shown a commitment to improving his client’s personal productivity and organizational effectiveness. At Action Technologies, a leader in workflow-enabled software systems, Phil was Director of Consulting. He created successful process redesign programs for Pacific Bell, Warner Bros. and Saturn. Before this, Phil led his own international management consulting and training firm in New York, which specialized in middle and executive level strategic planning and leadership. His client roster included American Express, Smith Barney, BBDO Advertising and Young & Rubicam. In his early career, Phil worked for EF Hutton as the Director of Marketing Communications, and with Young & Rubicam in Account Management, Strategic Planning and New Product Development for Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods companies.

Phil started his career as a professional balloonist in New York. He became a certified FAA examiner and opened one of the first FAA certified Balloon Inspection Facilities on the east coast. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Marin County, California. He can be reached at 415-479-7644 or action@upsidegroup.com

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