Gerald A. (Gerry) Kraines

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Gerald A. (Gerry) Kraines
President and CEO
Kraines Consulting

Gerald A. Kraines, M.D., (Gerry) is president and chief executive officer of The Levinson Institute, a global management-consulting and leadership-development firm, headquartered in New England. Since 1968, the Institute's mission has been to develop exceptional leaders and leadership systems, capable of leveraging the full potential of their people in order to deliver maximum value to shareholders and customers. Dr. Kraines has over 15 years of proven success in transforming business organizations into highly effective, fully accountable vehicles for creating significant shareholder value. His recent book, Accountability Leadership, combines common sense with scientific knowledge to create a blueprint for a total managerial leadership system. Dr. Kraines is also on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, has held numerous leadership positions in the public and private sectors, and has written extensively on diverse subjects ranging from leadership and the strategic use of organization to brain chemistry and the management of stress.

In his approach to consultation, Dr. Kraines applies broad scientific, business, and psychological expertise. He examines the state of human relationships and HR systems, the clarity and integrity of role relationships, and the alignment of an organization's structure and processes with its mission and strategy. Dr. Kraines has an unparalleled ability to help groups of managers shift their attention from matters of interpersonal difficulty to mature, rational approaches to agreeing on what the company and its working relationships need to be.

Dr. Kraines has worked with senior executives from over 100 national and multinational organizations, both in the private and public sectors. Notably among those in the private sector, he has worked with Honeywell, Ford, Eli Lilly, Wyeth-Ayerst, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Verizon, Halliburton, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Sun Microsystems, Nortel, Pilkington, GE Healthcare, and AT&T. In the public sector he has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Social Security Administration, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Central Intelligence Agency, among others.

Dr. Kraines's lifelong interest in public health has guided him to his current philosophy: financially successful work organizations that help employees realize their full potential have an equally positive effect on the emotional and economic health of their employees' families and communities.

Degrees and certifications
  • B.A. - Oberlin College, Ohio, United States 1965
  • M.D. - Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Ohio, United States 1969
  • Medical Internship - University of New Mexico Hospitals, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States 1970
  • Psychiatric Residency - Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States 1973
  • Fellowship - Community Psychiatry - Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States 1973
  • Faculty - Department of Psychiatry - Dartmouth Medical School, United States 1973-6
  • Faculty - Department of Psychiatry - Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States 1980-present
GO Society Roles
  • International Advisor - United States (2005-present)
  • Global Organization Design Society sponsor - 2023

Major organizations and consulting firms that provide Requisite Organization-based services

A global association of academics, managers, and consultants that focuses on spreading RO implementation practices and encouraging their use
Dr. Gerry Kraines, the firms principal, combines Harry Levinson's leadership frameworks with Elliott Jaques's Requisite Organization. He worked closely with Jaques over many years, has trained more managers in these methods than anyone else in the field, and has developed a comprehensive RO-based software for client firms.
Founded as an assessment consultancy using Jaques's CIP methods, the US-based firm expanded to talent pool design and management, and managerial leadership practice-based work processes
Former RO-experienced CEO, Ron Harding, provides ooaching to CEOs of start-ups and small and medium-size companies that are exploring their own use of RO concepts.  His role is limited, temporary and coordinated with the RO-based consultant working with the organization
Ron Capelle is unique in his multiple professional certifications, his implementation of RO concepts through well designed organization development methods, and his research documenting the effectiveness of his firm's interventions
A Toronto requisite organization-based consultancy with a wide range of executive coaching, training, organization design and development services.
A Sweden-based consultancy, Enhancer practices time-span based analysis, executive assessment, and provides due diligence diagnosis to investors on acquisitions.
Founded by Gillian Stamp, one of Jaques's colleagues at Brunel, the firm modified Jaques;s work-levels, developed the Career Path Appreciation method, and has grown to several hundred certified assessors in aligned consulting firms world-wide recently expanding to include organization design
Requisite Organization International Institute distributes Elliott Jaques's books, papers, and videos and provides RO-based training to client organizations