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Steve Nguyen, Ph.D., is an Organizational Development Leader. He partners with senior & executive leaders on ways to improve human behaviors in the workplace and on how to make people and organizations more effective. As a business advisor and organizational development expert, he provides expertise and guidance around learning, organizational, and talent development solutions, and leads the strategizing, designing, execution, and evaluation of employee, leadership, and organizational development workshops, initiatives, and programs.

While working overseas training educators in crisis intervention, he became fascinated with behaviors in the workplace. That fascination inspired him to make a career shift to industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology. I-O Psychology studies people, work behavior, and work settings to understand how behavior is influenced, changed, and enhanced to benefit both employees & organizations.

Born in Vietnam, he and his family escaped the war-torn, Communist-controlled country, becoming part of the 1.5 million “boat people” who left (between the mid-1970’s through the 1990’s) after the fall of Saigon to Communism. Their journey and their stories recount one of the largest mass exoduses of people by boat in history.

As he vividly recalls,

“In the early morning hours of spring 1979, with borrowed money and falsified documents to ensure our escape, my family and I (I was 8 years old at the time) joined countless other “boat people” and got onto a small vessel in search of a better life. Three days and four nights later, after outrunning Thai pirates and discarding two dead bodies, we found ourselves helpless and stranded at sea with little food and water remaining.”

By the grace of God, they were rescued and brought into a refugee camp on an Indonesian island called Galang. After spending 11 months there, he and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Nguyen and his family’s escape from Vietnam, their refugee experience, and life in the United States provide valuable lessons about courage, determination, resilience, hope, gratitude, and faith.

Dr. Nguyen is certified in several methodologies & assessments including: Prosci Change Management Certified, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certified, Leadership Effectiveness Analysis 360 (LEA 360) Certified, DISC Certified, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified, Hardiness Resilience Gauge (HRG) Certified, and Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) Certified.

He received workplace coaching training and certification through InsideOut Coaching, an award-winning coaching program from InsideOut Development. InsideOut Coaching is about the paradigm (insideout), principle (focus), and process (GROW) that can lead to breakthrough performance.

Dr. Nguyen has a bachelor’s in philosophy, a master’s in counseling psychology, and a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology. His interests include leadership development, learning & development, organizational development, change management, talent management, and industrial and organizational psychology.

As owner and creator of WorkplacePsychology.Net, a blog about people and behaviors in the workplace, he’s been quoted in Fast Company, The Guardian, Monster’s Career Advice, and BBC Capital. Respected media and online publishers, including,, Harvard Business Review,,, LinkedIn Talent BlogNasdaq.comThe New York Times, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and the Business Ethics Resource Center (a joint project of the Center for Ethics in Practice at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas and U.S. Bank) have directly linked to one or more articles or resources on the WorkplacePsychology.Net blog.

Dr. Nguyen lives in Richardson, Texas with his wife and precocious little daughter. When not chasing his half-Godzilla daughter around town, he enjoys spending his quiet time reading books, listening to audiobooks, and writing on his blog.


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