Larry Lee Barker, Ph.D.
November 22, 1941 – June 18, 2016
Larry L. Barker, Ph.D., a mentor, advisor to, consultant with and friend of Innolect, left his indelible influence on the foundations, mission and values of Innolect. A lifelong student, Larry was committed to a spiritual practice that combined Eastern Philosophy with Christianity. He was particularly influenced by The Fourth Way, an approach to self-development described by George Gurdjieff and explored more fully by P.D. Ouspensky and Maurice Nicoll. He lived by the premise:
“A man who wants to awaken must look for other people who also want to awake, and work together with them. The work of self-study can proceed only in properly organized groups. One man alone cannot see himself. But when a certain number of people unite together for this purpose they will even involuntarily help one another.”— G. I. Gurdjieff
Born in Ohio, Larry was an internationally published author, consultant, musician and educator and true renaissance man. He received his Ph.D. in organizational communication from Ohio University at the age of 23 and became the youngest person awarded the distinction of full professor in the field of Communication at 28. Larry achieved distinction through numerous publications, including over 40 books and 100 research articles on such topics as group facilitation, listening, nonverbal communication, creativity and coaching. He co-authored a number of Innolect’s products including Listen Up!, Winning by Thinking Around, the Listener Preference Profile, Watson-Barker Listening Test, and Advocacy-Inquiry Skills Indicator.
A sought after consultant and executive coach, Larry served as President of SPECTRA Incorporated from 1979 to 2000 and as a senior consultant with Innolect Inc., from 2000 to 2016. As a consultant, Larry facilitated hundreds of sessions for teams ranging from line employees to top executives spanning healthcare, banking, oil and gas, utilities, pharmaceutical and government agencies such as U.S. Army and U.S. Air force. His clients appreciated his ability to combine a sharp, focused facilitation style with a personal touch. He used uncanny creativity and innovation to help clients think “out of the box.”
Larry’s many honors and accomplishments included both research and teaching awards, interviews on ABC’s 20/20, the Golden Quill Award and a Grammy nominated Billboard Top 10 song. He aslo wrote songs with Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers, Lionel Ritchie of the Commodores and “Big Bill” Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters. Larry is also listed as one of the Top 20 blackjack players in the world.
We miss him and are thankful that his legacy lives on through others…