News from The Reid Group

  • Maureen Gallagher and John Reid have been hired by the Catholic Health Association to help with an update of the mission leader competencies, which they last worked on in 2009.
  • Tom Reid continues working as a coach with faith-based and non-profit leaders. Tom also is working with non-profit Boards.
  • John Reid and Carol Guenther will be teaching a graduate course at Seattle University entitled, “Creative Conflict Management: Paving the Road to Peace in a Conflicted World.”
  • The Reid Group is a strategic partner with Tryon Clear View Group, a cost reduction company that specializes in Purchase Services Audits where they identify, verify and recover billing errors, vendor overcharges which are refundable to organizations. They then secure these reimbursements from the vendors. In addition to telecommunication, copiers, waste management and utilities charges, they also audit postal services and credit card processing. The only fee paid by the client is a percentage of the actual savings.  The first two contracts secured by this strategic partnership are a college and a Catholic parish; we have received the first report of savings for one of these contracts which showed savings of $60,000 over the next five years in telecommunications alone.  If you are interested in this service, contact us at
  • Our Strategic Partner Joe Sankovich has developed an important resource for dioceses and parishes with cemeteries called TOOLBOX FOR PARISH CEMETERIES. For more information go to: Joe Sankovich, former director of cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and owner of Sankovich & Associates since 1990, has developed an educational tool for parishes with their own Catholic cemeteries. Directed to pastors, parish business managers, cemetery managers/sextons/superintendents, parish cemetery advisory board members and parish finance council members, the six hard copy manuals are formatted in the same fashion as the early diocesan teaching documents for the Second Vatican Council. Sankovich waited until he had worked with/in more than 1,200 parish cemeteries in different areas of the United States, and conducted more than 100 seminars with pastors, parish and cemetery employees/volunteers, to organize and format these manuals.
  • The Reid Group is also a strategic partner with The Steier Group. The Steier Group is a national, capital campaign fundraising firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, with offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas. They provide nonprofits with customized campaign planning studies, guidance from a team of expert project managers and strategic insight designed to help our clients reach their fundraising goals. Contact Matt Vuorela for more information about the firm’s services.

So as you look at your individual or organizational future, what are your challenges? Could you benefit from skilled support? Give us a call: John (206) 947-1055 Tom (206) 947-2990 Maureen (414) 403-9357 or send us an e-mail  to start transforming those challenges into opportunities.

Maureen Gallagher, Senior Consultant

You might think it is ironic that in the title of this reflection, we are suggesting seemingly two opposite expressions. Can they reflect a meaningful reality? What does it mean to be Grounded? What is this Journey all about? At an airport, “grounded” means not being able to take off at the scheduled time for the “journey.” What does it refer to here?

In this article, we will look at different connotations for Grounded and Journey and some implications for our spirituality, rooted in community. Grounded, in this context evokes images of stability, rootedness, strength and a sense of security and identity. Journey reflects movement, going new places, visiting foreign lands and traveling to various locations. It seems those on a Journey can be at risk of getting lost, being in a collision, dealing with misunderstandings, etc. Being Grounded might seem abstract and complicated. Journeying might be full of dangers, accidents and uncertainty. 

However, in one sense we are all grounded and on a journey given our human nature, not our choice. An awareness of Being Grounded and on a Journey gives us invitations to use our creative abilities—God-given gifts—to live authentically and consciously to help build a better world, which echoes our trust in and belief in the movement of the Spirit.

In this sharing we are inviting personal reflection, acknowledging that Grounded and Journey are dynamic concepts. How we might understand our Grounding at 25 years old will be different than when we are 50 years old. Our experiences, our reflections, our evolving talent and relationships, rooted in a dynamic spirituality are both deepening and expanding. Grounding is the GPS which guides our Journey!

The interrelationship between Grounded and Journey strengthens both realities. At the risk of “over-simplifying,” the key elements of being Grounded, include a clear sense of identity, of mindfulness and a consciousness of relationships, as well as the needs of the local and larger community. Journey in the context we are describing refers to a life-long movement rooted in various events and stages along the route: a journey of a life-time, a life-giving journey, truly an adventurous journey, a dangerous journey, but one that is worth it. Journey includes, but is not limited to, movement, a road to recovery, the passage of great sadness, depression and anger. Journeys can also be exhilarating: a wedding, the birth of a baby, the selling of a house, finishing a successful project and focusing on the causes and changes needed for decreasing domestic abuse, etc. The Living Spirit energizes both us, as individuals and our communities in Grounding and on our Journey. Recognizing and responding to the Spirit in our adventurous lives is the heart of spirituality. Being perceptive, we recognize how the Spirt gives us insights for daily life. The Spirit strengthens us to let go of concepts that no longer contribute to our being Grounded in a community as we move forward.

Paul Tillich, a renowned ecumenical theologian helped us to see that we are grounded in God. Karl Rahner, S.J. also embraced and proclaimed that God is the ground of our being, the bedrock of our spirituality.
“We must abandon the external images in which the theistic God has historically been perceived and replace them with internal depth images of a deity who is not apart from us, but is at the very core and ground of all that is.” (Tillich)

Pope Francis expands the concept of journey when he talks about a journey as a pilgrimage which we do not travel alone:

“Everything is related and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each…and which also unite us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth.” (Laudato Si)

Practically speaking how can we become more aware of being Grounded for the Journey? Some characteristics which follow describe aspects of this concept that may energize us, deepen our understanding of the connection with all life and shed light on our daily existence with others in an evolving world. These are not exhaustive and are offered to stimulate thinking.

  • Acceptance—seeing and recognizing oneself, events, people, or things as they currently are. Become immersed in acceptance of differences that are part of being Grounded on the Journey.
  • Authenticity—being Grounded, open and honest with oneself and others, seeing the beauty and completeness in each person, as well as our own shortcomings and those of others on the Journey.
  • Awareness, curiosity and discernment about values—seeing the Spirit as a great connector of all of life, living out of empathy and compassion, gentleness, letting go, openness, patience, trust, desire and skills to defend those oppressed. This includes caring for people, nature and the earth to insure a healthy environment.
  • Leadership—having official roles or non-officially assigned “leadership roles” --assuming support for and power to implement needed change processes, especially when justice, or lack of it is involved, being motivational and very supportive of others, empowering the creativity of others.

Being Grounded, for many becomes energy for the Journey, the pilgrimage. The Journey is much more than a trip from one place to another. There is a sacredness about the Journey. The Jesuit theologian, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, reminds us of the “holiness” of our journey and invites us to recognize it: “By reason of Creation and even more the Incarnation, nothing is profane for those who see.” We are called to see “the more” on the Journey. Once continuing to deepen one’s Grounded existence, growing in insights, being nurtured by the Spirit to form a strong and caring community, we become more aware that we are on a Journey with others. People will be Grounded in characteristics or values which may be very different from our own. However, in our Grounding experiences we no doubt reflected on our interaction with others. These “others” are imbued with the Spirit and are on a communal Journey with us. 

In summary communities of Grounded people on a Journey united in the Spirit, cannot help but reflect one of Pope Francis’s major concentrations of his papacy:
We must love God and neighbor by “welcoming others as true brothers and sisters, overcoming divisions, rivalries, misunderstandings and selfishness.”

Maureen Gallagher is a Partner and Senior Consultant with The Reid Group, a national consulting firm providing services in Executive Search, Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, and Conflict Management to nonprofit and faith-based organizations. 

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Book Recommendation
Active Hope : How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy
By Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone

This book helps us locate where we find ourselves at this challenging time as a species and as a planet. It plots a way forward. Beginning with the three stories of Business as Usual (unlimited growth), The Great Unraveling (decline and collapse) and the third, the Great Turning (world recovery) confronts each of us with the question of which story we choose to believe and live by.
Building upon the Work that Reconnects, the authors lead us through the Spiral of Movements starting with Gratitude and continuing with, Honoring Our Pain For the World, Seeing with New Eyes and Going Forth.
Filled with wisdom and practical applications this is a resource that truly helps us face the mess we are in as a human community and strengthens us to go forth with active hope, grounded in committed action.
The Art of Change
The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning
Think about what your organization could do if the process of planning met the inevitability of change head-on--and it resulted in significant success.
Organizations large and small, religious and secular, for-profit and not-for-profit, successful and unsuccessful, go through change.
John Reid and Maureen Gallagher of The Reid Group have been instrumental in helping many groups discover the power of Prophetic Planning. This book presents a complete overview with detailed information that any organization will find useful in understanding how to plan for change.
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Sustainable Future Audit Tool
The Reid Group focuses on helping organizations transform challenges into opportunities to enhance their sustainability. We have developed a tool to help organizations identify their challenges in six areas that are key for a sustainable future.

For a free copy of the Sustainable Future Audit Tool, you can download it from our web site or send us an e-mail at . After employing the audit tool, contact us for a complimentary strategy session for assuring your sustainable future.