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Dr. Brian Higley


Dr. Brian HigleyDr. Brian P. Higley is President and CEO of The Building Blocks to Excellence (TBB2E), LLC, a company that focuses on promoting team excellence, personal effectiveness and work/life satisfaction in individuals, teams, and organizations. Recognized as a leader in the area of positive and permanent change, Dr. Higley brings a unique mix of business, research, and psychological expertise to Excellence University.

Dr. Higley has worked with a wide range of organizations, from the Fortune 500 level to small family-owned businesses, including advertising agencies, hospitals, manufacturers, restaurants, service providers, accounting firms, health and fitness centers, law enforcement personnel, mental health agencies, and educational organizations. Dr. Higley has also served as an executive coach to individuals across a wide variety of industries, including entrepreneurs, business consultants, attorneys, heath care professionals, educators, and hospitality service managers.

Dr. Higley is dedicated to high quality teaching and has taught a variety of courses related to organizational excellence, personal effectiveness, and life/work satisfaction (including behavior modification, learning theory, social psychology, research methods, and introduction to counseling) at various colleges and universities, including the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and the University of North Florida, where he has earned a host of teaching awards and honors and served as a mentor to over 100 students on his research, teaching, and intern teams. Dr. Higley is also a research enthusiast; his research interests include evidence-based methods of enhancing organizational/group excellence, personal effectiveness, and work/life satisfaction.

Dr. Higley received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida, where his research earned him the Ted Landsman Award for excellence in the promotion of human growth and development. His leadership experience is not limited to the business and education arenas; as captain of his undergraduate college's basketball team, he was named to the 1996 Ohio Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team and won the Clyde Lamb Award (awarded annually to the outstanding student-athlete at Baldwin-Wallace College) while also receiving the Dr. William Prokasy Award (given annually to one psychology major for top academic achievement, departmental contributions, and potential as a future psychologist).

Dr. Higley brings to bear all of his leadership, teaching, mentoring, and research experience, along with his extensive psychological training, to develop training, tracking, and assessment tools to help his clients produce and sustain long-term excellence and satisfaction in organizations, teams, families, and individuals.

You can email him at BrianH@TBB2Excellence.com

Articles by Dr. Brian Higley

Promoting Education Excellence: H2O for Education’s Primary Objectives and Values

March 17th, 2015

I was recently asked about the objectives and values of the “H2O” (or, Help to Ourselves/Others) educational approach.  Here are some of the primary objectives of the H2O for Education approach (Part I) and the values represented by the objectives (Part II): Part I: Primary Objectives of the H2O Educational Approach Promote “Education Excellence.”  The [...]

Education Excellence: Excellent Work in the Field of Meaningful Change (and Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness)

September 26th, 2014

Over the years, I’ve been asked by many people about the influences of our team’s H2O for Education program, so I thought I would post many of them here. This list represents a sample of what we believe to be some of the most relevant work over the past 100 years or so in both (a) the field of long-term, meaningful learning and change and (b) the promotion of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:

WATER Tip: Well-defined Vision

December 26th, 2010

Well-defined visions are supported by a clear understanding of a team’s primary objectives and a strong appreciation for these objectives. One indication of a well-defined vision is a team-wide feeling of being challenged to improve regularly (which can result in a feeling of forward-movement and decreased levels of boredom), while avoiding taking on too much [...]

WATER Tip: Well-defined Goals

December 26th, 2010

Well-defined goals (also known as “SMART goals”) are achieved via constant attention to the development of specific, measurable, agreed-upon, realistic, time-bound steps toward fulfilling broader objectives.  An indication that this is being attained is reduction in the following major barriers to Execution Excellence:

WATER Tip: Aligned Goals

December 26th, 2010

Good Goal Alignment is achieved via constant attention to how well the achievement of your clear goals (the specific, measurable steps toward fulfilling broader Objectives) actually bring about the outcomes you are looking to experience. One indication of good Goal Alignment is reduction in two major barriers to Execution Excellence:

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