About Us

There are two main contributors to this page:

Tim Franz: Tim is a Professor of Psychology and consultant, Franz Consulting

Seth Silver: Seth is the owner of Silver Consulting, Inc.

Our goal is to provide ideas for improving the workplace. The blog is designed to help researchers and practitioners when thinking about how to intervene to develop people and improve performance. All three of us have spent time in the real-world practicing these ideas and in the classroom teaching. The concepts that form the foundation, which are often research-based, will typically be written by Tim, who is a full-time college professor and part-time consultant. The practice based concepts will typically be written by Liz and Seth, who are both full-time practitioners. For more details about us, see our brief bios below.

Timothy M. Franz, Ph.D.

Tim is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist at St. John Fisher College. He is a Professor of Psychology, and past Chair of the Psychology Department, and past Program Director and Chair of the Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development Department.  In addition to his academic work, he also works as an organizational consultant through his independent consulting organization, Franz Consulting.

His topical areas of expertise include individual and small team decision making, improving team performance, and using teams to drive organizational change.  Some of his ideas about improving teams are in his forthcoming book, titled Group Dynamics and Team Interventions. He is also an experienced applied researcher, specializing in conducting focus groups and individual interviews, designing custom surveys, analyzing employee and workplace data, and evaluating the effectiveness of training programs. He received his Doctorate in Social/Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University at Buffalo.

Tim spends a considerable proportion of his downtime outside, in activities like bicycling, hiking, paddling, and skiing. He’s an active member of National Ski Patrol and National Mountain Bike Patrol.

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Seth R. Silver, Ed.D.

Since 1998, Seth has been the principal of Silver Consulting, Inc., an independent consulting practice.  His work has included consulting to senior management on such topics as cultural change, employee engagement, and customer loyalty; working with leadership teams to increase effectiveness and performance; providing clients such services as executive coaching, strategic planning, and organizational diagnosis; and teaching employees professional skills and strategies for workplace success. In his consulting, Seth has developed and trade-marked a unique business process called The Workplace Covenant, which helps parties in any organization to exchange and agree upon reciprocal Obligations so they can ensure trust, feedback and alignment in their relationship. He has served as an Assistant Professor at St. John Fisher College and was on faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology as a Lecturer in their HRD Masters program.

Seth holds a Bachelors degree in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto; a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University; and a Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University.  His doctoral research examined the relationship between leadership behaviors, engineers’ perceptions of empowerment, and team and individual performance. He has published in Training Magazine, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Management Inquiry, and Training and Development (T&D) Magazine. He is also on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in the Rochester area.

Seth, who holds dual Canadian/US citizenship, spends his personal time volunteering, exercising, and hiking. In addition, he’s a blackbelt who teaches karate at a local fitness center.

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