Nationally recognized for his in optimizing organizations’ investments in human capital and linking those investments to business strategy, Mr. Dalton helps clients solve their people issues with positive impact on the bottom line. His open and direct approach has been effectively applied from the executive suite to the union shop floor. He has unique experience in helping companies and unions collaborate on critical issues.
A $20B global mining company facing increasing labor costs sought help in diagnosing and redesigning its failed gainsharing plan. Working with seven unions representing more than 2,000 employees across three business units in two locations, Mr. Dalton used a collaborative design process to develop a highly successful group incentive plan that, within 18 months, helped increase productivity by 17%, improve safety by 40% and reduce cost per unit by 16%.
A privately held plastics manufacturer sought help transitioning employees from a traditional work environment with individual piece-rate incentives to team based work processes. Mr. Dalton developed an integrated transition process that improved short term productivity by 35% over previously launched teams. New staffing levels, team work processes, base pay structures, group incentives, and change management processes were key ingredients in the initiative.
A $2B consumer products spin-off in a slow growth industry embraced economic value as a key measure of organizational success and turned to Mr. Dalton to help focus top management on EV. He led a critical initiative that created new performance management and pay vehicles and utilized an innovative change process that focused senior management on the company’s key EV drivers and enabled it to triple share price in less than two years.
Prior to forming the RKD Group, Mr. Dalton was a partner with Axiom Consulting Partners, and a principal with Sibson & Company. Before that, Mr. Dalton was Director, Human Resources for Ralston Purina Company’s Pet Food Group, Ralston’s Corporate Director of Labor Relations and Employment Law and during a 20-year Ralston career held senior legal and human resources positions.
Mr. Dalton earned his law degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hendrix College.
Professional Affiliations and Achievements
Mr. Dalton is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and World at Work. He is a frequent speaker at national and specialized conferences and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Industry Week and Business Finance. He has been published in Management Review, Industrial Management, Compensation and Benefits Review, Journal for Quality and Participation, and the Journal of Organizational Excellence.