Dr. Dick Buckles

Dr. Dick Buckles is a business psychologist, an internationally-recognized consultant, and a Certified Change Management Coach and Consultant.  He is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations face the difficult issues associated with personal transition and strategic change.

Combined with his 40+ years of working with organizations on improving effectiveness he is currently focused on helping individuals learn to make the transition from adulthood to elderhood and from work to retirement.  PLUS, he helps organizations deal with the often-difficult issues associated with the aging workforce.


The 3 Biggest Dangers Older Adults (50+) Face When Planning for Retirement - And What to Do About It!

A Note to Businesses Leaders:

One of the most cataclysmic events in history is taking place right now: Aging in the Workplace!  There are over 110 million people on the verge of retiring.  10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every single day!  Over 1/3 of all Americans are over the age of 50!  ​2/3 of all people who ever turned 65, in the history of the world, are alive today!!!  Often referred to as the Age Wave or the Silver Tsunami!

How is this affecting your business and your employees? How prepared are you to deal with this?  Do you have the right policies in place to address these issues?  Do you know what your own demographics are?  

How will this affect your Business Strategy?  Your HR Strategy?  Your Succession Plans? Your Retention of Critical Business Knowledge?

As a leader of the business, you must ask, how valuable are our elder employees?  How can we promote positive attitudes about eldering?  How can we develop policies that retain and take advantage of the wisdom and experience of our elder employees and pass that knowledge along to the younger? 

This presentation will discuss many of the following issues and more.  It describes a new and more positive narrative on the experience of aging and offers new ideas about life and retirement transitioning and how BOTH the individual AND the organization can deal with these issues.

Three Dangers Older Adults Face...and What to Do About Them

1.   The Dark Side of Retirement: Fears, Uncertainties, and Doubts

2.    Ageism and Aging in the Workplace:  A New Narrative

3.    Change and Transition:  Old Endings and New Beginnings

A fundamental law of human nature is that "...each and every day we are getting older."

Ron Pevny, Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering and author of the new book Conscious Living, Conscious Aging,  writes...

"Since the "modern" era began, aging has largely been seen as a time of decline, loss, and withdrawal from active contribution. Look up the word "retire" in the dictionary; most of the definitions include the word "withdraw." Accompanying this view is the belief, held in both overt and subtle ways, that once we retire, "it's all downhill from here." Our best years are over, with us by and large having made our significant contribution to society. Loss of a sense of purpose and meaning, and a flagging of our passions for life, is to be expected. The best we can do is hold on to who we have been for as long as possible, doing our best to stay healthy, enjoying life to the extent our health and finances will allow, perhaps finding some volunteer activities to keep us occupied, and hoping things turn out okay."

The Elderquest is a journey in which we seek insights into and answers about our future.  It's an attempt to discover what our life will be like as we age; it's a new narrative for successful aging.  An alternative to traditional ways of looking at aging as decline and age 65 as the end of growth and development.  

If you are between the ages of 45 and 65, chances are you've already started thinking about how you're going to prepare for getting older.  So, an important question is, how do you want to age?  How do you want to grow as you age?  How are you going to live?

The Elderquest will look at aging BOTH from an individual AND an organizational point of view.  It will describe a process, a set of steps that can be offered to employees that allows them to ask the deep questions of "How can I best prepare to live out the extra years of my life?"  "What will be my place in the world?" "What does my future hold for me?"

A Personal Journey

Theodore Roosevelt once said: "Old Age is like everything else.  To make a success of it you've got to start young!"

In this talk I emphasize the positive aspects of aging based on my personal experience of The Elderquest.  The chance to move beyond the limited view of chronological age and emphasize attaining a sense of purpose and life satisfaction.  To "rage against" ageism as a systematic stereotyping and discrimination against people because they are old.  To highlight that there are both gains as well as losses in aging, and it's time to focus on the gains.  To give new understanding to the existential questions that occur, that is, life's meaning, life's limits and the notion that we continue to develop throughout our life cycle.

The ElderQuest not only shows individuals, but also, organizational leaders, how to think about the many ways in which we can age in a more positive manner, maximize our elder years, and add tremendous value to the business.

If you would like to learn more about The Elderquest, just fill in the form below to get your FREE copy of our report "My Elderquest: Crossing the Chasm from Older to Elder."

To schedule a Keynote Presentation or a Strategic Seminar on The Elderquest, call 210-408-2885 or email at dick@dickbuckles.com

Personal and Couples Seminars and Retreats

​THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES - For Making Marriage and Relationships Work

Do you want to strengthen your relationship with your spouse or partner? Do you want to deepen your knowledge and understanding of each other? Want to build a better friendship? Want to create a special "story of us?" The 7 Principles is the culmination of four decades of research available for couples like you who long for better relationships.

Dr. Buckles is a certified Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator. As such, he provides 1-hour talks on The Seven Principles of Healthy Relationships, AND conducts evening or week-end (2-day) long workshops, couples retreats, and marriage retreats.

The intent of this talk or program is to offer relationship skills to couples who are engaged or contemplating marriage, or to couples who are married but desire to deepen and enhance their relationship. The Seven Principles Program is based on the work of John Gottman, one of the world's foremost authorities on what makes for a healthy relationship and why marriages are either successful or deteriorate.

It is based on the latest research about what makes marriage and relationships succeed, and what happens when relationships deteriorate and fail. It does not provide psychotherapy nor is it intended to take the place of marital therapy. It does provide practical skills in a psycho-educational format that can help couples strengthen their relationships.

If your organization is a non-profit and is considering some kind of a benefit or charity event, Dr. Buckles will work with you on a revenue sharing arrangement.

Dr. Buckles is available to speak to community groups, fraternal organizations, chambers of commerce, church congregations, synagogues, or other organizations who would like to offer the opportunity for their members to hear and learn about ways to improve their relationships.

To schedule a Strategic Seminar on The Seven Principles, call 210-408-2885 or email at dick@dickbuckles.com


Dr. Buckles also speaks to organizations on innovation, culture change, and leadership. His unique background as a senior executive, certified change management coach and consultant, and business psychologist accompanied by his global experience with major corporations gives him an uncommon vision of innovation, leadership, and change.  

(All of these can be conducted in 1-hour, 4-hour, or 8-hour formats)


How to Gain Competitive Advantage through Innovative Problem-Solvers

We won't show you how to innovate...we'll show you how to find the people who can!

All people solve problems.  All people are innovative.  And problem-solving is at the heart of innovation.  In this strategic talk we will show you a unique approach to finding, selecting, and developing creative problem-solvers using "thinking style."

How Successful Companies Use Thinking Style to Gain Competitive Advantage and Create a Culture of Innovation

How will your organization find the right people...with the right talent...to solve the right business problems...and produce innovative solutions? Can you cultivate a culture of innovation to insure future success? Innovation is the new mission for leaders throughout the world. Where will you find the innovators?

Finding Innovators - ASQ International Quality Conference

"Competition is a contest between management's thinking processes."

The New Strategic Management by Ron Sanchez and Aimee' Heene​

An entertaining and provocative look at the successes and failures in our search for the holy grail of innovation. But, what is the grail? What does it look like? Can we really find it? Or is it forever just beyond our grasp.

The true "innovator's grail" is the human mind! The fact is, all people are creative...just creative in different ways. Part of discovering the "grail" is figuring out how to identify the innovators in the organization and then asking.... How do innovators think? What problem solving strategies do they use? Where are your innovators? How will you find them?   How can you leverage their skills, styles, and abilities and turn problems into profits?  In this talk we will describe some ways to help you answer those questions.

To answer these questions, we use very specialized and rigorous assessment instruments to determine individual problem-solving strategies and preferences for innovative thinking styles.  In the simplest terms, we examine two distinctly different types of thinking styles:  what we call IN-THE-BOX THINKERS and OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKERS.  Both are highly creative problem-solvers but have very different styles.


  • STRENGTH:  Strives to provide solutions aimed more at making things "better"
  • High regard for current structure (policies, rules, etc.)
  • ​Prefers to refine, extend, or improve the accepted practice, operations, or approach
  • ​Often seen as sound, conforming, safe, predictable, inflexible, wedded to the system, intolerant of ambiguity
  • WEAKNESS: May stay with a failing paradigm too long


  • STRENGTH:  Generally prefers to seek solutions that result in doing things"differently"
  • Tends to be less tolerant of structure
  • ​Likely to make a change to the current structure in order to solve problem
  • ​Often seen as exciting, unsound, impractical, risky, abrasive, threat to the established system
  • WEAKNESS: May leave a working paradigm too soon

Both styles are needed in order to solve the most pressing business problems.  The key is how to identify, select, and engage them in problem solving efforts.  

In this talk we will not only deal with some of the issues around the "innovator's grail" but also how to build awareness of style differences, how to analyze a problem structure, how to decide on team composition, how to assess for style, how to select team members, and how to encourage diversity of styles. 

To schedule a Keynote Presentation or a Strategic Seminar on Problem to Profits, call 210-408-2885 or email at dick@dickbuckles.com


7 Steps to Building A Values-Based Culture 

Do you work in a world of constant change? Are you constantly challenged to address the needs of a changing environment that requires developing innovative capabilities to achieve your strategy?

It's often said that change is eternal. In the face of constant change, how do we effectively guide management and employees through the processes of change? In this critical talk, we will look at change management and the variety of ways to alter skills, attitudes and behaviors as well as align organizational structures and work processes so as to deal with the changing demands of the marketplace.

Your company may be recognized as a successful organization and industry leader. However, you may now be faced with a rapidly changing environment where competitive position, need for innovation, cost issues and employee performance stand out as critical issues facing you. The drive to competitive supremacy and profitable growth has fueled the unquestionable need to consistently renew organization-wide systems and processes.

Discover how to "renew" the culture of your organization and build a targeted, high-velocity culture change capability by focusing on organizational values.  This is an agile process for aligning and guiding management, project teams, and employees through the natural responses to significant change in the market.

To schedule a Keynote Presentation or a Strategic Seminar on The Craft of Renewal, call 210-408-2885 or email at dick@dickbuckles.com