After receiving his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Arnie Dahlke joined the Psychol­ogy Department at the University of Oklahoma. He taught at both graduate and undergraduate levels, achieving tenure status in less than three years. Directing the department’s Social Relations Labora­tory, he delivered lectures to community groups on prejudice and attitude change, sponsored by the National Science Foun­da­tion. He super­vised Ph.D. students who were completing their dissertations and graduate students conducting research on a project funded by the U.S. Air Force. He evaluated a Job Corps staff team­building program and presented a public television series called “Adven­tures in Behavior.”

He then became the Research Director of the Kensington Office of the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Wash­ington, D.C., where he headed projects with sponsors such as NIH, Department of Education, State Department, all branches of the military, and a Presidential Commission, The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. He monitored and conducted a diversity of research projects deal­ing with cross-cultural communication, strategic planning, training effectiveness, adjudication of youth­ful drug offenders, help-oriented hotlines, and adult learning effectiveness, to name just a few.

Dr. Dahlke moved to Los Angeles where he participated in the development and implementation of a unique approach to psychotherapy, known as Twenty‑Four‑Hour Therapy, a coordi­nated, 24/7, team approach that provides patients with therapeutic contact in their natural life environ­ments. During this period, he practiced as a licensed MFT. As a consultant to the Human Inter­action Research Institute of Westwood, California, he conducted inter­views at local community mental health centers in California, Texas, Nevada, Utah, and Missouri for the purpose of identi­fying the factors that go into the sustaining or non-sustaining of innovative proce­dures in an organiza­tional setting.

In California, he established himself as an independent organizational consultant, assisting both private (profit and nonprofit) and public organizations. Using coor­dinated teambuilding strategies and process improvement tools, he brings people together in a spirit of mutual trust, cooperation, and constructive problem solving. As described on this website, he helps people in organizations cultivate both continual improvement and customer-respon­sive mindsets.

His private sector clients have included: larger corporations, such as Chevrolet, Saturn, Coca Cola, Gelson’s Markets, and Northgate Markets; health-care facilities, such as counseling centers and Northside Hospital; smaller organizations, such as the law firm of Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo, Able Computer, New Media Broadcasting Company, The Party Staff, and Your Staff; and automobile dealerships repre­senting a variety of franchises, including Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Infiniti, Mitsubi­shi, Nissan, Honda, and Toyota. His work has helped compa­nies win national awards.

His public sector clients have included both cities and county departments. He has assisted city and county manage­ment staff, police departments, libraries, and planning and public works departments in such cities as Wash­ington, D.C. and Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Bernardino, Santa Rosa, and Torrance, California.

Arnie's Specialties Include:

Throughout his career, Arnie Dahlke has maintained his interest in teaching. He has taught courses and seminars at all levels from adult students to college freshman to graduate students at several universities, including the Univer­sities of Minne­sota, California, Maryland, Nevada, and Oklahoma, as well as the Philips Graduate Institute, Marymount, Antioch, Ryokan, and the California School of Professional Psychology. He recently chaired committees for three Philips Graduate Institute students working on their dissertations in Organizational Psychology. He particularly enjoys teaching and training working adults who are seeking to advance themselves.

Arnie is currently serving as the Program Director of the Master's program in Industrial & Organizational Psychology at Touro University Worldwide, a 100% online program dedicated to fill the needs of busy, full-time working students.

In addition to posting his papers and Timely Tips on his website, Arnie has written three books. 

The first, Joe Gig and the Old Man on the Mountain: Seven On-The-Job Strate­gies for Building an Organiza­tion-Wide Team, is based on his diversity of experience with organizations. In it he describes his unique approach to building an organization-wide team as a constantly changing, dynamic process, a process that involves every single employee, every day. 

The second book, Me, You, And The Power Of Choice: Five Principles of Behavior To Help Us All Take More Control Of Our Lives, was written to reduce the many complexi­ties of behavior down to a few very simple, time-proven principles, communicated in a simple, understandable way, with an eye toward helping people in organiza­tions make personally produc­tive choices. 

In his third book, Succession Planning for Dummies, Arnie offers systematic guidelines for developing leadership and talent succession plans in any organization, large or small, public or private. It was published by Wiley & Sons on April 10, 2012.

He is currently working on his fourth book, Managing A New Generation: 50½ Helpful Tips For Managing Millennials, aimed at a new generation of managers, who were raised in an age of rapid technological change. With their shorter attention spans, they are drawn to succinct pieces that offer easy-to-implement suggestions. It is easier for them to comprehend information when it is accompanied by visual images. Thus, this book is being written as a short book, with two or three pages per tip and each illustrated with many eye-catching images.

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