Rather than relying on the latest business fad or intuition, Performance Minds takes advantage of the vast but largely untapped scientific literature, giving your organization smarter, more productive, more effective managers & employees. Jo Jorgensen and Fred Switzer started Performance Minds because they saw a need that was going unfulfilled in business – consultants formally trained in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with practical business experience. With their backgrounds, they can help businesses achieve leading edge success.

Jo Jorgensen

Dr. Jo Jorgensen understands the needs of CEOs because she has been there. She was part owner and later served as President of DigiTech, Inc., a software duplication firm that grew to 25 employees and did $2 million worth of business for companies like NCR and AT&T.

Her business career began at IBM as a Marketing Representative after earning her MBA at SMU. She left IBM to start her own company, which provided computer hardware and software to the accounting industry in parts of South Carolina and North Carolina. This eventually led her to the software duplication business, where she ran a successful business for almost a decade before beginning her consulting career.

Enjoying the challenges of running her own business, Dr. Jorgensen pursued her interest in discovering how to create the best work environments, in which employers and employees work toward the common goal of providing the best customer service given the usual limitations found in business. With this in mind, she received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology to begin consulting.

Fred S. Switzer, III

Dr. Fred Switzer draws on his vast experience in teaching, researching, and consulting, in addition to his extensive work experience, to help companies improve their productivity. Unlike many in academia, Dr. Switzer has practical experience in such varied industries as broadcasting, manufacturing and accounting.

A full professor at Clemson University, Dr. Switzer has been faculty member there since earning his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Illinois in 1988. In his research career at Illinois and Clemson, Dr. Switzer has published numerous papers in prestigious journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, on a wide range of topics such as motivation, judgment & decision-making, job selection, and quantitative research methods. His work is frequently cited in the research literature, and he was quoted in U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Switzer also developed the first meta-analysis program to use the bootstrapping technique, which allows researchers to combine information from previous studies, resulting in more accurate and valid conclusions to help companies solve their people problems.

Dr. Switzer is a member of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management (Organizational Behavior and Research Methods divisions), the Society for Judgment and Decision-Making, and was a charter member of the American Psychological Society. In 2001, Dr. Switzer was elected and served as President of the Clemson University Faculty Senate.

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