Trever Cartwright


Every organization has the potential for excellence. Meaningful breakthroughs only happen when the leadership of an organization is willing to hear the truth and has the courage to take action.

I help our clients reach their full potential. I help them imagine what’s possible and put them on a path that is realistic and usually challenging. The easiest route for a consultant often is to tell the clients the answer. I’ve found that this doesn’t necessarily make the answer right. The only right answer for the client is the one that not only solves their specific issue, but also inspires them to learn and grow along the way.

I understand the difference between asking and telling. Sometimes I find clients simply need to puzzle through things with a trusted partner who is genuinely interested in helping them succeed. This means that I don’t always have to have the answer. Many times leaders  know there are conversations that should take place within their organizations. I help start those conversations. They aren’t always easy, but they always lead to breakthroughs that create lasting change.

When I’m not working (which is rare), I enjoy family, friends and working in my yard.

A few clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with:

  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Port of Portland
  • Nautilus
  • Colorado Tourism Office
  • Visit California

Articles by Trever

Leadership Insights

Over the years, I’ve worked with many different clients with many different challenges. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate to… Read More

Leadership: Leading from Afar

Making your presence felt even when you’re not in the office. After yet another heart-pounding race through the terminal, a… Read More

Ending the Year on Track

Every year at about this time, many executives scratch their heads and wonder, “Is fourth quarter here—already?” For some, the… Read More

The Value of Vision

We’ve worked with many clients who have asked us, “Why is having a vision so important—we’re working hard and making… Read More

Minding the Gap

Reconnecting with your employee culture By the look in her eyes and the urgency in her voice, I knew my… Read More

Why Would Anyone Want to be led by you?

When it comes to leadership, are you a finished product? Are you as good as it gets? Or do you believe… Read More

Crossing the Rubicon

When was the last time you made a Rubicon decision? As you think about the types of decisions you’ve made… Read More

Key Insights that Drive Success

Few would argue that a company’s brand and strategy are important — but would they be as insistent that the… Read More

The Nuance of Strategy

Every year at about this time, many executives scratch their heads and wonder, “Is the year really half over—already?” You… Read More

Finding Clarity

We chase after leadership as though it were the business equivalent of the Holy Grail. We search for its coveted… Read More

Evolving the Firm

A new era for law firm leadership is upon us. Those in leadership roles who ignore the new rules of… Read More

Vision and Values

As an organization enters the final stages of completing a strategic plan, there remains a critical conversation—how to bring the… Read More