The singular focus for Axelrod Consulting is strengthening executive talent to support organizational needs.  Members of the Axelrod Team work individually or in concert to provide organizational consultation, executive coaching, strategic leadership development programs and specialized coaching-counseling services.

Typical engagements:

• Consultation/Intervention for High-Risk Executives
• Strategic Coaching for On-Boarding / New Leaders
• Executive Leadership Team Effectiveness
• Succession Planning

Read about examples in Executive Coaching Profiles.


Steve Axelrod, Ph.D.

Steve AxelrodAs the firm’s principal, Steve oversees all team engagements.  Steve has extensive experience as a consultant on executive talent development and as a trusted adviser and coach for high-level executives. A specialist in assisting organizations to manage “executives behaving badly”, Steve developed a systematic approach that uniquely integrates coaching, counseling and deep understanding of organizational risk and reward.  Steve’s approach provides clients with the context to understand how internal and external forces shape an individual leader’s thinking, behavior and roles, impacting an organization’s leadership culture.

Dr. Steve Axelrod is recognized as an expert on the powerful influence of a leader’s psychological dynamics on organizational performance.  His book, Work and the Evolving Self (1999, Analytic Press), was chosen as a selection by the Behavioral Science Book Club.  He wrote Executive Growth Along the Adult Development Curve as a chapter in The Wisdom of Coaching (2007, APA Books).  Steve’s insight into executives behaving badly is featured in award-winning Good Company podcasts presented by the American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program.  Steve also has appeared on radio and has been quoted in Harvard Business Review and The New York Times.  His articles have been published by Forbes.com, CEO Update, ChiefExecutive.net and Docket, the journal of the Association for Corporate Counsel.

Steve holds a Ph.D. in psychology from New York University.


Linda Chuang, M.D.

Dr. Linda Chuang, MD

Linda is currently Chief Executive Manager of a group psychiatric practice and was the Associate Medical Director of a major health center in NY state. In both positions she has led organizational change and solved problems related to organizational and individual performance. Linda combines a keen business acumen with her psychiatric training to guide leaders on their development. She has served as an internal executive coach to senior managers and has counseled them on resolving issues related to unprofessional and problematic behavior. Linda is particularly experienced working with women executives on effective leadership and work-life balance.

Dr. Linda Chuang received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. She completed a residency in psychiatry at NYU Medical Center, where she was Chief Resident. She was also awarded the prestigious Laughlin Fellowship from the American College of Psychiatrist, is a designated Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and is a member of the American College of Physician Executives.

Linda is a respected teacher in the field of psychiatry, having taught and given lectures to physicians, residents, medical students, and the general public at NYU School of Medicine and other healthcare facilities.


Ronald Wasser, Ph.D.

Ronny WasserRon specializes in executive coaching, 360° assessments, and consulting with management teams in conflict.  Leaders appreciate Ron’s business acumen and ability to help them navigate the psychological challenges of leadership and organizational life, including areas such as assertiveness, decisiveness, collaboration, competition, power, and communication.

Ron has served as a coach for the MBA and Executive MBA programs at Columbia Business School.  He has authored articles on the interaction of emotional intelligence and professional performance in various online publications.

Prior to beginning his career as an executive coach, Ron led the sales and marketing departments for BackTrack Reports, a firm that conducted high-level background investigations into hedge fund managers and management teams for the institutional investment community.  BackTrack was acquired by a public company, which itself was later acquired by CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX).

Ron received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the City University of New York and a M.A. in Psychology from the City College of New York.  He earned a B.A. with Distinction from the University of Michigan.