Raphael Louis Vitón


Raphael is the USA managing partner for Axialent and a global transformation lead (facilitator) on select engagements. He formerly served as a corporate expat, a corporate strategist and the president/co-owner of an innovation strategy consulting firm (in Chicago, Connecticut and Vancouver) advising 25 percent of the Fortune 100 on business innovation and adaptive culture transformation.

  • He successfully helps leaders pilot their organizations through strategic transitions (e.g., M&A, JV, corporate restructuring, digital transformation, CX, business model redesign, explosive startups with rapid-growth/blitzscaling cultural priorities, culture change, culture of innovation,) enabling increased performance under increased stress without sacrificing momentum or trust.
  • He has deep experience in unconscious bias and its impact on future business outcomes. He works with organizations to connect gender, diversity and inclusion efforts directly to business transformation priorities.

Raphael co-authored the book “Free the Idea Monkey…to focus on what matters most!”
In 2014, the book was introduced to the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership and Organizational Change for senior executives at the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University. He was a Bloomberg Businessweek columnist for many years and has created and taught postgraduate innovation (at CEDIM in Monterrey MX, Mexico City) on innovation leadership and new paradigms in business for executives worldwide. He has also served as a board member for Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and earned his MBA from the Quinlan School of Business — Loyola University of Chicago.

Recent Posts by Raphael
Congruency and next-level performance are easier when we 1) think in decades 2) prioritize annually and 3) experiment/learn weekly
By Raphael Louis Vitón
This past year, I met with hundreds of senior executives across the globe for the sole purpose of getting in some high-quality practice reps—working on our path to emotional mastery together. In…
Here’s how to start strong on many levels — as one new team — preserving the best of both cultures and creating value together...well beyond the deal.
By Raphael Louis Vitón
In 100% of the deals where significant value was lost, the senior leaders (in corporate and private equity firms) all report that culture issues were the cause. Here is how to fix it.
NO MORE BURNOUT... "No One is Coming, it's up to us."
By Raphael Louis Vitón
You already know this...burnout is caused by poor workplace culture; poor workplace culture is caused by ineffective leadership who can't yet create an environment of escalating performance, work/life integration, connection and purpose in the face of escalating change...
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Areas of Expertise
  1. Business transformation
  2. Culture change
  3. Culture of innovation
  4. New paradigms in business
  5. Complex adaptive leadership
  6. Innovation leadership
  7. Innovation management systems, processes, tools and governance
  8. Gender, diversity and inclusion