We are on a mission to create a more human world of work. We do this by helping leaders and teams to understand and manage their minds which is where all potential for great things begins. Over the past decade, we have helped over 450,000 individuals at more than 500 clients to adopt new ways of working and leading.
Our solutions are pragmatic and immediately applicable, delivered by experienced facilitators who have spent decades in the corporate environment. Our solutions can be delivered globally in 28 countries in 17 languages, either in-person or digitally at your desk.
At Potential Project, we live what we teach. Every person in the organization practices mindfulness. So, when you work with us, you will witness our years of experience in organizational and leadership development, change management and consulting. And, you will also feel listened to and understood.
You will feel like you have a true partner who can show you a better way. You will feel hopeful and inspired to begin working and leading in new ways.
At Potential Project, our impact is our success. We regularly measure how many people we're touching with our programs, and their satisfaction with both the teachings and the learnings. Here's what our recent participant feedback has to say.
Rasmus Hougaard is the founder and CEO of Potential Project and the author of the ground-breaking and best-selling book by Harvard Business Press, “The Mind of the Leader”. Rasmus is nominated by Thinkers 50 as one of the eight most important leadership thinkers in the world today. He writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Business Insider. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and leadership developer who coaches and supports C-suite executives at global organizations such as IKEA, Accenture, Wal-Mart, and Unilever. His newest book, "Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way", was published by Harvard Business Review Press in January 2022.
Jacqueline Carter is an international partner and leads Potential Project in North America. She works with many of our global accounts including Cisco, Accenture, Danaher, Eli Lilly and IKEA to enhance leadership and organizational performance. She is the co-author of “The Mind of the Leader” published by Harvard Business Review Press in March 2018 and of “One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness” published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2016. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and a faculty member of the Inner MBA. She also speaks regularly at major conferences including ATD and Work Human. Prior to joining Potential Project, Jacqueline was a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Change Leadership practice.
Rob is a Senior Partner at Potential Project with a purpose dedicated to creating a more human world of work which he believes can be achieved by harnessing the full potential of the mind for individuals, teams and leaders. He works deeply with our largest global clients to help enable their people to realize their potential at work and to transform leadership cultures by developing the underlying qualities that shape these.
Prior to joining Potential Project, Rob spent 21 years at Accenture as a Managing Director working within the Technology sector across multiple industries and geographies. Having experienced the benefits of mind training, he became the global business sponsor for mindfulness across Accenture, implementing the world's largest mind training program across the organization at that time.
He is passionate about combining the commercial and business realities with the need to develop and sustain a truly human world of work.
Marissa is a Partner and the head of Global Accounts. She is a driving force behind leadership development and change initiatives at multinational companies. She helps leaders and organizations unlock their potential to create cultural excellence and superior performance, resilience, and innovation. A mindfulness practitioner for over 25 years, Marissa is recognized for her breadth of knowledge and deep experience in transforming organizations by transforming the mind. She is a sought-after speaker at leading HR and leadership conferences about the impact of mind training on high-performance cultures, as well as the mental qualities of excellent leaders. She has worked with leading companies, including Bloomberg, Cisco, Eli Lilly, LVMH, Medtronic, Pfizer, White & Case, Varian, and Verizon Media.
Moses Mohan is Partner and head of Leadership Solutions at Potential Project. He is the architect of Potential Project’s cutting-edge leadership programs, blending neuroscience, behavioral psychology and contemplative practices to unlock breakthrough performance for leaders from the inside out. He partners with leading organizations such as Accenture, IKEA and Unilever to drive systemic interventions that unleash human potential at scale. A regular contributor on topics at the intersection of ancient wisdom, leadership and transformation at Harvard Business Review and Forbes, he is contributing author to the forthcoming book, Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way. Prior to joining Potential Project, Moses advised leading financial services at McKinsey and Company and the Government of Singapore on industry transformation, and was an ordained Zen Monk.
As Director of People and Operations at Potential Project, Jenni is responsible for providing the infrastructure, systems and resourcing to enable the delivery of organizational strategy. Jenni’s understanding of the challenges and dynamics of organizational life comes from her experience in both leadership and program director roles. Prior to joining Potential Project in 2016, she ran her own consultancy company leading large scale transformation programs and mergers, organizational re-structuring and cross organizational collaborations. She has worked across a wide range of business sectors that include government, transport, leisure, public health and human resources. She is passionate about supporting individuals, teams and organisations to open up to the opportunities created during change by developing new behaviors and skills that ensure personal and organizational success.
As Potential Project’s Global Marketing Director, Paula is responsible for brand, content, digital marketing and media. Prior to joining Potential Project in 2019, Paula was the Chief Marketing Officer for Dreyfus at the Bank of New York Mellon and spent 12 years in Citi’s Consumer Bank in senior marketing leadership roles in Engagement Marketing, Omnichannel Marketing, Customer Experience and Product Innovation. Paula is a marketing strategist, experience builder and data-driven digital marketer. Her passion is helping companies to deepen connections with clients through smart marketing, engaging experiences and new solutions. Paula is also a former Partner with Deloitte Consulting where she worked with consumer brand companies to transform their operations.
Christel Leonhard is responsible for global financial management with Potential Project. Christel joined Potential Project in 2016. Prior to that, Christel worked in financial risk in corporations and financial institutions. Christel holds a MBA from CBS in Copenhagen. Christel has had a daily mindfulness practice for 10 years.
Nick Hobson, PhD is the Director of Behavioral and Data Sciences at Potential Project and a behavioral science strategist for leading organizations and brands. An honest broker of science, he helps create knowledge communities where academics and practitioners can work together in order to achieve high-impact, evidence-based work for individual and organizational change. A trained social psychologist and neuroscientist, Nick’s academic research focuses on how people’s emotions and thoughts within groups impact their behavior, both individually and as a collective. His podcast, It’s All Just a Bunch of BS, is an award-winning show covering the promises and perils of applied behavioral science in work and life. He has published in leading academic science journals and is a regular content contributor for top media outlets including HBR, Forbes, Inc.com, New York Times, Business Insider, NPR, Vice, and Psychology Today.
I came to mind training a decade ago after a serious brush with cancer following the birth of my son James. After spending 20 years as a leader and change agent in the sales and operations functions of large corporations and constantly striving for that elusive perfection at work and home, I found myself drawn to a new career and a new way of being.
As a Senior Facilitator, Country Director and a Partner of Potential Project Australia, I get to draw from all my diverse skills (including qualifications in Economics, Counselling/Performance Psychology and Operations Research/Statistics) and rich work/life experiences and “play” every day with some amazing clients and colleagues from around the world.
One of my greatest joys is helping leaders and teams to unlock potential and powerful change –starting with the mind.
As well as facilitating Mindset and Leadership programs, I’ve been honoured to share what we do as co-author of One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance at Work With Mindfulness and via the HBR-published book The Mind of the Leader –How to Lead Yourself, Your People and Your Organisation for Extraordinary Results, where I contributed as a strategic advisor and researcher.
You can also often find me on stage (or in more recent times on Zoom conferences) talking about how mind training can bring greater calm, effectiveness, resilience and even happiness to your work and life. Some of my “pinch me” moments have been presenting at Happiness and its Causes, The Workplace Wellbeing Festival and The World Leading Schools Association Conference in Prague.
I also enjoy sitting on a number of boards, and in my spare time you can find me singing and playing bass in our band The Vagus Nerve, walking my dog through the streets of Sydney and hanging out with family.
Marut is an experienced executive leadership facilitator and consultant who brings more than 25 years experience to working with senior leaders. She provides leadership development & consulting to help clients develop, assess and train their leaders. She frequently works with founders and C-suite executives to take their leadership from "good to great."
She has provided facilitation and consulting to clients globally and has worked in many sectors including financial services, tech, manufacturing, IT, consulting and consumer products in the India, US, Europe and Asia markets. Some organizations she has worked with include Coca Cola, Qualcomm, Mindtree, Genpact, Capgemini, KAS (Kmart), Kois International, KPMGandBritish Council.
She has had an intense personal mindfulness practice for more than 15 years, influenced by the ancient wisdom of Hindu scriptures andis an experienced speaker who has led interactive sessions with small teams, as well as delivered keynotes to large audiences (250+ attendees). Her passion led her to organise the annual Mindful Leadership Summit in India bringing global thought leadership on a platform with Indian CXOs.She strongly believes in creating a more human world of work by enhancing organizational performance and mental wellbeing of teams.
Her education includes Certificate in HR Management IIM Kozikhode, Certified Facilitator & Consultant with Potential Project, MDP Leeds University, MBA in Marketing, Maharishi Dayanand University, PG Diploma in Computer Application and BSc from Kurukshetra University.
Leadership Development, Talent Development, Emotional Intelligence, Mindful Leadership, Mindfulness, Public Speaking, Facilitation & Training, Insight Meditation.