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which is essentially a
has a profound physical effect on people. That much is
obvious. If you look at people's before and
it's readily apparent. In the "afters" you can see
fallen from their faces.
With the responsibility that comes with
I notice I've spontaneously become
to maintaining a higher level of
and physical fitness than I have before in ways I never did before.
"You recently turned eighty. To look at you, you're ageless. To watch you in action, you're unstoppable. Do you adhere to any physical health regimens? If so, which ones?"
Staying with the theme of
if it's possible for people to get
which is conducted in a
ie in which they're not fluent. It seems to me that
which could indeed enable this, regardless of which actual
"It's a matter of legend (which means it may be true or it may not be) that a Japanese Zen monk who didn't speak English, participated in your training. At the end, he came up to you, put his palms together, bowed, and said 'I gaht it!'. Does language have the power to communicate transformation in the absence of an accurate translation of what's being said?"
since its inception, I
you've personally had discontigous
being a leader,
simply congruent with the
of bringing forth the material.
"What discontigous breakthroughs have you had in what it is to be a leader, out of sourcing and delivering The Leadership Course?"
The way you work
is always evolving.
still around you for too long. Staying with
your ever evolving
in particular for a moment, I can't help but think of it (in some
sense) as the harbinger of what's to come - in the same way as what
came before it,
to it. From the very
everything you've ever done has evolved, attained
then blazed the trail for the
"What will be the next major iteration of your work following The Leadership Course?"
for us as we take on
honoring our word
who we are.
It fundamentally shifts
who we are
even more than it
and in my
there too). I have a special admiration for people (and
in particular), specifically for those whose entire profession is
given by their
"Given who we are is our word, the four performers I admire most are (in this order) Landmark Forum Leader / Seminar Leader, stand up comedian, stage / film actor, rock star. Who are yours?"
My three children,
Landmark Forum for
Although none of them have (yet) gone on to
it doesn't seem to matter. The genie is out of the bottle, and I
with them in the way I would
with any other adult
What's resulted from this is a quality in our
(not to mention viable and level-headed directions in their
which is arguably the envy of all
I have with them
well, given they're grounded in and launched from their
Landmark Forum for
and what that's made available for them (and me) in everyday life.
Without this platform, things may have gone another way (and
probably would have).
"If I'm going to start a conversation for possibility with children, teenagers, and young adults, particularly those who aren't graduates of your work, what's an effective opening line of questioning to pursue?"
is inspired by you - which is to say it's inspired by your ideas
your speaking and by your
listening and by your conversations,
who I am
(which is to say by the way I'm
This is the way it
best, and I'm quite content to be continually
who you are
this way - which is to say I'm quite content to continue
my experience of
who you are
this way. So while the distinctions I may
are mostly yours and not my
the format, style, structure, embellishment, and execution of
each finished piece are all my own. And then every once in a while,
I will come up with something that really is a
"I wrote an essay in which I asserted (quote unquote) 'Transformed people are just ordinary people who happen to have access to extraordinary distinctions.'. Do you have anything to add to my assertion so that it's completely accurate?"
Associate Dean and Executive Director of Executive Development, and
Associate Professor of Clinical Management at University of
Southern California's Marshall School of
thinking - I don't know any nice way of saying it - is just out
You can't have a
Degree in organizational development or human resources without
picking up some of it. And it's usually not credited back to him.
His stuff is just out there.". Even without being credited, I
suspect you know you're on target - even though I don't know
you know you're on target if you're not credited.
"Business coaches and commentators say your ideas are everywhere. Yet you're not always credited as their source. For me, you model 'creating simply to create' with no attachment to being acknowledged. I'm also 'creating simply to create' but acknowledgement tells me when I'm on target. Without acknowledgement / feedback, how do I know I'm on target?"
Staying with the theme of not being acknowledged for your
ideas, it's probably all done with mostly good
when people post
(old and new) to the
without your permission. They want to share you and the value they
get from you. That said, there's no escaping the fact that such
postings are clearly in violation of copyright. Given the easy
access to the
and given people's enthusiasm for posting
for others to experience, without considering the impact of
copyright violation on the
of the pieces, it's a problem which isn't likely to go away any
On the other hand, many of the websites on which your materials are posted, will remove these materials very quickly if we prove they're posted in violation of copyright - and that's not difficult to prove. Another perhaps more pragmatic solution would be for us to take the offensive and post all your original tapes and videos to the internet ourselves. If we made them all officially available, the rate of unauthorized postings would rapidly diminish, we'd have a handle on exactly what's out there, and the breach of integrity resulting from copyright violations, would be quickly stanched.
"So much of your work has been posted to the internet without your permission that I'm concerned about the breach of its integrity which results from copyright violation. On the other hand, having you available to a worldwide audience via the internet is a boon. At what point do we cry 'Foul!' and at what point do we let it go?"
for me is I
being around you - that is to say I
the experience I have being around you. When I look closer at what
might be the
of this experience, it's
there's a shift in the quality of my experience when I'm around you
given the way you are with me.
Given who you are, the way you are with me is the way you are with everyone. Clearly the way you are with people, is valuable. This initiates an inquiry for me as to how I can also be that way with people.
"You never relate to me as my 'stuff' but rather as who I really am. Always. Every time. No exceptions. Ever. If I'm going to do the same for others, what ball (so to speak) should I keep my eye on?"
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