VISION LED - VALUE DRIVEN LEADERSHIP
We provide personal and business communication workshops and coaching that
promote self-responsibility, mutual understanding, and collaborative action.
Our process concentrates on developing communication skills to help connect
your entire organization.
Your team will learn the skills to communicate in ways that connect
everyone to the vision and values of your company. These skills can be
used on each project and in every encounter. You and your team will learn
dialogue processes to address conflict as a productive tool so you can
innovate and collaborate at a profound level. The agreements you reach
utilizing this way of communicating will ensure that every perspective
from the individual, to the team, the company, and the larger community
will be considered.
More importantly, your team will act in unison and be more productive, getting more done in less time.
Give me a call now and we can find out if we are a match. 512.568.5503
AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN
When intelligent creative people wrestle with difficult problems
together conflict is inevitable, necessary and can be productive. Destructive ways of dealing with
conflict are to either argue about who's right and who's wrong,
have power plays about the issues that really have nothing to do with the current
situation, react to something from the past, or ignore the conflict altogether. When conflicts
are dealt with in this way, it often leads to emotional upset, misunderstandings,
wasted effort, and costly behaviors. In the worst case scenario, conflicts lead to an
inability to maintain company values with disastrous long-term effects.
The only proven solution to deal with conflict is to communicate continuously
and often with individual, team, and organizational visions, and shared values in
mind. Of course, how to communicate honestly and respectfully during conflict is tricky.
The cultural change we help you instill in your company is how to communicate
so people learn from conflict. This change of perspective - learning from conflict -
enables people to more easily resolve their disagreements and create cohesive
strategies to move forward on specific projects.
With this perspective firmly reinforced the company will increase profits,
enhance productivity, and pump-up innovation. A mature organization that acts
in accordance with these values attracts and retains the talented people needed
to innovate and sustain a safe, healthy environment where people enjoy working together;
which in turn benefits the entire community in which they live.
MORE THAN CONFLICT RESOLUTION,
CAPITALIZING ON THE WISDOM OF THE GROUP
Initiating the conversion from an authority-based organization to a collaboration-based
organization requires meticulous attention. Sustaining a culture of collaboration requires
an ongoing willingness and commitment to understanding all perspectives through an empathetic ear.
What makes - Collaborative Communication - indispensable in sustaining a
culture of collaboration is its simple four-step model of empathetic listening.
What stops most people from empathizing is the belief that when they empathize with
another it means they agree with the facts as reported, the opinions expressed,
the actions taken or the choices made. This is not empathy as I am defining it.
Empathy is a way of focusing our attention on what someone needs or values. When we
empathize we let the other person know that we understand what is important to them.
Empathetic listening is an essential component of all communication skills for leaders
and team members alike. Empathy supports transparency and honesty thus enabling us to
capitalize on the wisdom of the group.
In today's fast pace world, where diversity is the norm, survival and prosperity of a
company are dependent upon empathetic listening and expression. Adaptability, honesty,
transparency and decisive actions are the benefits of empathizing.
Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education - Pat opened the Feldenkrais Center of Austin in 1985 where
he works with individuals recovering from chronic back pain
or sports injuries, or those wanting to improve their sport
performance or their ability to walk. He completed his four
year, 8-month training in 1986 and has attended professional
development trainings ever since. He taught at the pain clinic
in MD Anderson in Houston. He was the vice-president of the
Feldenkrais Guild of North America from 1987 to 1989 and now
serves as a Member Advocate resolving disputes.
Non-Violent Communication - Wanting to understand the importance of emotions in recovery
led Pat to Dr. Marshal Rosenberg's method of Non-Violent Communication
(NVC) also known as Compassionate Communication in 1997. A
natural consequence of communicating with people in this way
led to listening in more depth to what people need in their
lives, what is missing and what they can do to bridge that
gap. Pat has over 1,000 hours training in this method and
graduated from the 40 hours Dispute Resolution Training in
Austin in November of 2009. Pat owns a for profit business,
Collaborative Communication, where he educates and supports
parents, entrepreneurs and business executives in a process
he calls Vision Led, Value Driven Leadership. These workshops
and individual sessions promote self-responsibility, mutual
understanding, and collaborative action by improving communication
Restorative Circles - From his many connections to Dr. Marshall Rosenberg Pat meet
Dominic Barter of Brazil in 2002. Restorative Circles is a
community owned and directed process for supporting those
in conflict. Pat has over 600 hours of training with Dominic
Barter and has been apprenticing with him since 2002. Pat
is the director of a nonprofit, Restorative Justice of Austin,
RJOA, which supports and educates community members, administrators,
teachers, students, couples and families wanting to integrate
empathy and non-violence into their daily actions.
The combination of these approaches supports the integration
of our personal, interpersonal and collective relationships.
My most valuable assets are my relationships with people.
What I want is to be able to connect more authentically and communicate more compassionately
with the people in my life. I want to be able to speak, listen, and be heard in a way that
honors my emotions and needs, as well as the emotions and needs of others. I have more fun when I
communicate and experience life in this manner.
If you have the same desire for your life I invite you to connect with me at the address
and phone number below.
406 Brady Lane
Austin, Texas 78746
In consideration of both of our privacies
I will use your email address only to communicate between
you and me.