August 2017 Newsletter 
 Managing Corporate Change©
Last one for 2017

Experiencing Change Fatigue?

To much change everywhere in you life?

Acquisitions? Mergers? Downsizing? Shifting Corporate Values?

Trying to lead change?

Time for a career change?

Just trying to keep up with the World?

Here's the last opportunity to attend a Public Managing Corporate Change©


September 26-28, 2017

Westlake Village CA


3 slots still available

 2017-18 Public Workshop Schedule
Enabling Purpose through Relationships® 
August 15-17, 2017 Trainer John Van Vleet
Westlake Village, CA         $3,750              ONE SPACE LEFT!

Advanced Women Moving Forward®    
September 12-13, 2017
Westlake Village, CA           $2,750

Managing Corporate Change©
Sept. 26-28, 2017
Westlake Village, CA           $3,750

Women Moving Forward®           Sale Eligible        Sale Eligible
October 17-19, 2017
Westlake Village, CA             $3,750

Leading Projects through Relationship, Commitment and Purpose©  
Dates TBD  Call for latest options
Westlake Village CA             $5,000

The Advanced Men's Course©
November 14-16, 2017  Catch day November 13
Dana Point, Laguna Nigel, CA               $4,950 for Newbies

Women Moving Forward®
Dec. 5-7, 2017
Westlake Village, CA             $3,750

Enabling Purpose through Relationship©
December 12-14, 2017
Westlake Village,CA               $3,750

Couples Course©
January 26-28th 2018, Catch up day Jan. 25
Price per couple                   $2,750
Big Island of Hawaii            ONLY ONE SLOT LEFT!!!!

Women's Leadership Retreat®
May 1-3,  2018   Catch up day April 30
Westlake Village, CA         $4,950

Waving on the Dirt Road...

  I had gotten myself off on a dirt road trying to take a “short cut” to fly-fishing on the Big Horn River in Montana.  As I had gotten myself completely lost I noticed a phenomena that I first witnessed on rural roads in Colorado.  In these remote areas everyone waves to each other. In both locations 40 years apart the phenomena is the same.  

I was sure I did not know any of the people in either place who were waving at me.  
I learned the lesson 40 years ago from the best man in my wedding.  When you’re out on country roads you may only see a vehicle once every hour or two and at night every 6 or 7 hours.  You are an assumed member of the community out there because on any given day they depend on each other to make it.   Out in these wide open spaces, people know they need each other.  As we live in our Internet echo chambers (or in Congress for that matter) there is the illusion that we don't need each other and that point of view has gotten us to where we are today.   

This is not a United States problem, alone.  You can only be shocked at a BREXIT vote when your only contact with people not like you is in polling data rather than actual conversations.  

In the US, gerrymandering of districts ensures only one party can win in that district. But it also ensures you only have to listen to a portion of your constituents and ignore the needs of those that don't vote the "right" way.  OK, this works for keeping your “job” in Congress but what about the long term health of the country?  The US Congress can't get anything done because they can get reelected over and over again without passing one bill!  Fiery rhetoric blaming the other side for why things are so terrible, may keep the heat off of you, but it’s not enough to run the country.  

So what are our options?  

You could run for office your self, laudable but a bit too much of a career leap for me.   

You can demand your representatives compromise rather than just work on their bid for another term.  Screaming and vocal dissent does get elected officials attention as we have seen in the town halls, around the health care debate.  I am in favor of yelling at the right people at the right time. Yelling doesn’t always present itself as an option though.  

Here’s the one we all can do.  Maybe we need to start waving to each other again.  With the whole hand not just the middle finger.   We are the people responsible for attitudes in our respective countries.  Waiting for our elected officials to get it may be waiting for Godot.  I started the experiment at my new gym yesterday.  You have told me in the halls of your companies people don’t even acknowledge each other’s presence. So lets start a movement, lets do this experiment called relationship democracy.    

You may not be on “dirt roads” so folks may not wave back the first time.  Rebuilding relationships, in world, one wave at a time!   

Make no mistake we do need each other, with or with out dirt roads.  
  Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.  -Margaret Mead

As always we invite your comments.   
Couples Course© 2018
January 26-28 Catch-up day January 25th.
One Slot left
Its seems like we spend more time updating our apps than we do working on our most important Relationship!

Join us in Paradise on the Big Island where we have found renewal and enrichment for 35 years.

We still have openings for two couples in the Couples Course® to be held January 26-28th, 2018 with the catch up day for Newbies on Jan. 25th. 

Cost per couple $2,750

"Thanks for ALL you did and continue to do for us and so many people. We are so grateful to have been here with you both and the other couples. Some who will be lifelong friends."

Couples from last year's course
Advanced Men's Course©
The theme for this year's AMC© will be "Communicating across the Divide" was inspired by this year's divisive election/world politics and is now expanded to cover how to communicate with anyone who does not see the world the way you do.

Dates: Nov 14-16, 2017
Catch up day Nov. 13.
Location: California Coast
Course Fee 2016 Returnees
$4,750  Newbies $4,950

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An International Consulting Company
31416 Agoura Rd. Suite 255, 
Westlake Village, CA 91360, USA
PHONE (303) 660-5206