Cognitive Process Development Specialist Joins FocalPointe’s Advisory Group


September 16, 2019

FocalPointe Group, a leading business and technology consultancy, announced today that Hal Katernick, originator of the cognitive process development technology called the Katernick Method and a Principal of Impact Management, has joined its Advisory Group

“Critical thinking and leadership through massive complexity is becoming key to creating competitive advantage.  The days of methodology and best practices are no longer relevant in the digital world.  Hal brings a proven method of developing higher order thinking skills and we are excited to have him as an advisor in the development of our team and our Clients,” says Jeff Steffens, CEO of FocalPointe Group.

Mr. Katernick develops and teaches advanced thinking skills to business executives, athletes, and students with learning problems in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom.  His programs are proven effective for building cognitive skills as demonstrated by extraordinary client gains in executive, athletic, and scholastic performance.

Mr. Katernick has worked extensively as a consultant and specialist trainer of higher order thinking skills to senior management teams in major corporations in London, such as BCTEL, BDDO, BBH, J Walter Thompson, Thames Television, Sky Television, Ogilvy & Mather, British United Provident Association (BUPA), and McKinsey & Co.

“The next big wave is Supercomputing and it's happening now.  It's where Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Text Mining, and Cognitive Computing all collide with our cognitive processing abilities at the individual, team and organizational levels.

Humans will always be smarter than machines because of the things that machines and computers cannot do – things like knowing, being aware, clear and critical thinking, thorough analysis, sharp and appropriate timing, and making meaningful high-level decisions in complex-to-impossible situations.

Even so, the pressure is increasing on humans as managers and leaders to better understand, build and deploy their own best cognitive skills, abilities, capacities and processes.

I’m excited to be part of this team with Jeff Steffens and FocalPointe Group. Jeff has always had a cognitive orientation in the decade I have known him. He is right to be so aware and objective, deeply considerate, and highly flexible and adaptable in his points of view. He is already far ahead of the curve in understanding and implementing cognitive-based strategies and solutions that embrace cognition sciences - for creating respect, focus and positive (brilliant) outcomes for individuals, teams and organizations” says Mr. Katernick.

About FocalPointe Group

FocalPointe Group is a consulting firm with a purity of focus and intent that allows us the freedom to help our Clients determine the right thing to do to achieve their goals.  Our professionals balance critical thinking with practicality to solve problems in addition to leveraging and creating capability within our Clients' ecosystems avoiding long term dependency on us. We don't just define, plan and orchestrate outcomes, we do it in a way that ensures Client sustainability within their operating model.

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