Day job/career: Consultant with practice focused on organizational development, retreat facilitation, planning, workplace conflict and diversity training.
How did you become involved with OCL? I met Bob Chapman through our church and then heard his compelling message at a community gathering. Inspired by his words, I participated in the first class offered in Aspen. My life changed almost immediately as I became aware of my serious deficiencies in communicating and I made a commitment to do better, to be better, in fact - to BE the Message! I was asked to consider becoming a professor...that was five years ago!
What is your hope for OCL? My fondest hope is that the life-changing work of this organization will spread in ever-expanding circles of influence to bring change to the ways we communicate; not only interpersonally but also across cultures and in organizations.
How do you most often find yourself using what you learned in CST? The gifts of CST are evident in every moment of my day. From deeper listening to a growing curiosity about others, I am keenly aware of the lessons of CST in both business and personal interactions--every single day. I am reminded daily that the only behavior I can change is my own…and I am ever so grateful for the gift.
Your favorite book and why. Not fair! There are so many: Ringworld (the series) is my favorite because I am a sci-fi nerd and Niven paints a believable and compelling of a distant and failed world that is instructive for all of us today. (And I would REALLY like to go there.)
Mainstream: The Elegance of The Hedgehog - Beautifully written with intelligent humor, it has an interesting plot with a philosophical focus and is thought-provoking. It is a lovely tale of the struggle to transcend class and social structures.
Your idea of a great day. I would have an early start for a morning of fishing with SCUBA in the afternoon. Family and friends will gather for a dinner of fresh caught fish as we watch the sunset on the beach to complete that perfect day.