Ronald Steensland


Ron Steensland, MLS, USAWC

Vice President of LibraryMax

Ron’s mission is to work side-by-side with our clients to drive distinctive, lasting and substantial improvements in their performance and to build a great organization that attracts, develops, excites, and retains exceptional people.

Ron brings to the table over 30 years of successful CEO/Library Director experience in a variety of settings—from one of the poorest and most culturally diverse SMA’s in the U.S. to a modern suburban library setting.  Ron wrote multiple building programs and served as administrator for central and branch library construction projects.  Duties included site selection, working with architects, drafting building programs, writing furniture and equipment specifications, developing functional designs, and interior design work.  Ron also pioneered the use of geothermal heating/cooling for library construction in Kentucky.  He demonstrated political skills, developing innovative solutions to difficult challenges by funding  his library’s automation with $260,000 obtained during a cable franchise race at no  expense to the taxpayers.  Ron has published numerous journal articles,  is active in various library and civic organizations, and is a graduate of the Center For Creative Leadership.

Besides his extensive library background, Ron has also held unique senior leadership positions in the military, and led large organizations through strategic planning initiatives, culminating in an award-winning entry in the Army Performance Improvement Criteria (APIC) Award For Large Organizations.  Specific activities included: primary customer research (interviews), competitive benchmarking, SWOT analysis, executive team facilitation, and strategic plan assembly/finalization.  Following graduation from the U.S. Army War College,  Ron held crucial senior leadership positions including Battalion Commander, Brigade Commander and Assistant Division Commander for a 5,000 person organization.   After retiring as a  Colonel of Armor, he now devotes his time to assisting other organizations attain world-class status.

“Key skills I learned during my years in the military included tight project management along with the capacity to quickly understand an organization’s operations and culture.  But more than anything, I was taught to use an inductive way of thinking  when looking at any topic. This approach helps me form an initial hypothesis and then let the data validate or disprove it.  My military leadership qualities were formed in a progressive and sequential series of carefully planned training, educational, and experiential events—far more time-consuming and expensive than similar training in industry or government.  Tie selflessness with the adaptive capacity, innovation, and flexibility demanded by dangerous contexts, and you can see the value of military leadership as a model for leaders in both the public and private sectors.”

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