Balanced Scorecard Institute
An internationally recognized thought leader in strategic planning and management systems, Howard has 40 years of experience as a speaker, trainer, facilitator, author, educator, and consultant. He co-authored the nation’s first national energy plan in 1976, and served in senior planning, management and consulting positions with several Federal government agencies before co-founding the Balanced Scorecard Institute in 1997. Prior to his work with the Institute, Howard was Executive Director of the U.S. Foundation for Performance Measurement; before that he was Executive Director of the Advanced Nuclear Reactor Research and Development Program at the Department of Energy and a consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton.
The Balanced Scorecard Institute provides training, certification, facilitation, management systems, and consulting services worldwide, to help business, non-profit, and government organizations improve organizational performance. Howard created the Institute’s Nine Steps to Success™ balanced scorecard framework and developed the first certification program for balanced scorecard practitioners in 2005, jointly with George Washington University.
Howard has managed the Institute’s growth into one of the preeminent Balanced Scorecard thought leadership groups in the world. His career includes positions as operations research analyst, engineer, management consultant, adjunct professor, director of strategic planning, and director of performance management information systems. His training as an engineer helps him think about how systems composed of people, tools, technology and processes can be connected together and work in harmony.
As a consultant, Howard has worked for more than 60 business, government and not-for-profit organizations in 30 countries. His experience includes energy and space research and development, intelligence, banking and finance, medical and health care, security, energy, information technology, nuclear research and development and non-proliferation. Howard served on national task forces for several Presidential administrations, including nuclear non-proliferation for the Ford and Carter administrations and government performance improvement for the Reagan and Clinton administrations.
Howard is co-author of a new book, The Institute Way: Simplify Strategic Planning and Management with the Balanced Scorecard, published in August 2013. He has undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from Iowa State University and George Washington University. He is the recipient of a Presidential 1000 Points of Light award from First Lady Barbara Bush, and a team Hammer award for work on Vice-President Al Gore’s National Performance Review. Howard is a Certified Performance Technologist and a Certified Strategic Management Professional. He has taught and lectured at five colleges and universities. In 2010, he was named a Top-Fifty Triangle Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Leader magazine. Howard was a pioneer in developing a strategic management certification program for the Association for Strategic Planning, and co-authored a widely-used certification exam training guide.