Effective Systems

Management Consulting

Insight - Action - Results

About us

Effective Systems is a Houston based Management Consulting firm that provides services in the areas of Organizational Development, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching. The firm was founded in 1980 by Dr. Miguel Bernal, a pioneer in the field of applied behavioral science. In 1990, Chris Bernal joined his father to help expand the firm and is the current President. He brought his systems perspective approach to integrate technology and applied behavioral science to create practical talent development programs and interventions. Effective Systems has provided services to both Fortune 500 companies and small companies in the USA, UK, Europe, Mexico and many Latin American countries.

Simply stated, our mission is to convert knowledge into action and move from action to results. Effective Systems’ best contributions are made within a cross-cultural setting where the best characteristics of different cultures are forged in an effort to optimize business strategies and results.

Chris Bernal Bio


Chris' mission is to lead executives and senior teams to new levels of performance effectiveness by helping them apply knowledge that they already have or will acquire. His broad international experience working in a wide range of development initiatives adds a rare perspective in complex business situations.

Business Experience

Chris' 25+ years of management and consulting experience includes executive development and coaching, senior team development, performance management systems and work redesign of organizations. His approach to consulting is "learning-by-doing"; therefore, his consulting processes often include simulations, practical hands-on activities, and active-learning.

Chris enjoys designing and implementing OD interventions aimed at assisting clients in the US, Canada, the UK and Latin America to better utilize their human resources to achieve business strategies and results. These activities may range from total systems change to individual coaching depending on the scope and scale of the assignment. The countries Chris has consulted in include: USA, England, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Brazil. The industries Chris has consulted in include: High Tech, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Banking.


Chris holds a M.S. (with honors) in Organization Development from The American University in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with National Training Laboratories (NTL). He is certified in The Birkman Method® and The Management Feedback System® coaching process as well as several 360 multi-rater instruments including Lominger’s (Korn/Ferry) 360. He holds a coaching certificate from CoachLab International. Chris is fluent in both English and Spanish.

chris Bernal

"We at Effective Systems are committed to provinding the highest level of consulting services to our clients.

My areas of professional focus and passion are Executive Coaching, Team Development, and Organitational Development.

I enjoy combining the latest technologies with proven applied behavoral science ideas, concepts, and processes."

-Chris Bernal


"Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will"
Vernon Howard


We offer six different services.

Each one designed specifically to bring success

to your company.

  • Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  • Our approach in developing leadership capability is not to assist leaders to understand the principles of leadership, but rather how to apply them. The idea is to help them translate theory and research findings into practice in their day-to-day activities in support of business strategy and results.

    These programs are focused on aligning executive behaviors to business strategy, assessing leadership practices, and leveraging the leadership capacity throughout the organization.

  • Business Oriented Team Building

  • Reaching high levels of team performance is not a trivial feat. Along the way are many pitfalls teams must overcome to sustain a high level output. We help team members establish the right conditions for success tailored to their specific conditions. Once teams establish a solid grasp of their group dynamics and create strong working relationships, they are more likely to commit to achieving common objectives.

    Collaboration, ownership and open communications are a by-product of committed individuals solving real business challenges together. Team effectiveness is neither learned in a classroom nor does it happen by accident, it's achieved thru deliberate action on the part of their leader and members.

  • Birkman Method® Applications

  • Applications include leadership development, individual coaching, team development, and Organization Development utilizing the Birkman Methodology.

  • Work Re-design / Re-engineering Culture Change

  • These projects are aimed at helping organizations capitalize on the knowledge and expertise of the entire workforce, which facilities the evolution away from traditional top down structures to the formation of high performing workplaces.

    Business simulations, including, The Flying Starship Factory®, People's Express Flight Simulator®, and Vision Web® are used to provide experimental based learning to maximize application. "Getting the Whole System in the Room for Vision, Commitment and Action!"

  • Talent Management

  • Our approach is to help clients connect business strategy to competency-based workforce development and to identify high performers and successors for key positions to sustain the "Leadership Pipeline".

  • Process Consultation Interventions

  • These interventions are aimed at helping clients improve their skills at perceiving, understanding, and acting upon the process events that occur within the client's environment. This way they achieve higher levels of commitment/ownership of the solutions they identified and the actions they are ready to take to bring about the desired changes.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit"


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"None of us is as strong as all of us"
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estados unidos

United States

  • Waltmart - Sam’s Club
  • Tenneco
  • Steelcase, Inc
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Tropicana
  • Qualitest Pharmaceuticals
  • Dell
puerto rico

Puerto Rico

  • I.P.R. - AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Banco Popular
  • McNeil Pharmaceuticals
  • Ayreco Construction Co
  • Mova Pharmaceuticals
  • Bristol - Myers Squibb
  • Ethicon


  • Grupo Alfa
  • Grupo Visa
  • Banco Nacional
  • Cementos Anahuac
  • Cementos Mexicanos
  • Avon Cosmetics

United Kingdom

  • Zeneca Pharmaceuticals


  • Hotel los Galgos
  • Ford Motor Company
"Leadership is about understanding your own energy and orchestrating that of others"
Peter Drucker

Contact us


We are located in Houston, Texas.

(832) 971-7716


"Leaders are cynical about employee involvement unless it is linked to action"
Marvin Weisbord