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Werner Erhard - Influence on The Coaching Profession: Cal Habig, Christian Coaching Magazine writes, "The impact of Werner Erhard on coaching was profound...The Werner Erhard link is very strong among the first coaches – Jinny Ditzler [Your Best Year Yet], on staff with est from 1974 to 1980, started the first life coach training in 1981 in the U.K. Sir John Whitmore [Performance Consultants, Int.) brought Werner Erhard to the U.K. in 1974 and Tim Gallwey's Inner Game process to the U.K. in 1979. Tim Gallwey was actually Werner Erhard's tennis coach for a time. Ken Blanchard and Peter Senge were personal friends with Werner Erhard. And Thomas Leonard [founder of Coach U, International Coach Federation, Coachville and the International Association of Coaches], worked in the accounting department for Werner Erhard Associates, and hired Laura Whitworth [Coach Training Institute, The Bigger Game Company] to work there also. (Werner Erhard, Work & Ideas: Related Links.)"

Telos Press on Werner Erhard's Ideas and Methodology: Since 1968, the academic journal Telos has served as the definitive international forum for discussions of political, social, and cultural change. Readers from around the globe turn to Telos to engage with the sharpest minds in politics and philosophy, and to discover emerging theoretical analyses of the pivotal issues of the day. From Meister Eckhart to Werner Erhard: Developing the Modern Subject is "an article whose critical insights continue to illuminate our thinking and challenge our assumptions."

Integrity, Leadership, Communication, and Performance: "If you are up for being customer-centric and improving the performance of your organisation then you absolutely have to grapple with the domains of ‘Integrity’ and leadership and connect the two together," writes customer-based strategist, a business consultant Maz Iqbal, "Werner Erhard has done great work on ‘Integrity’ and I cannot explain it any better than he has written it.  So I am going to use his words (I hope that is ok with you Werner and I thank you for putting this into the world)"

Werner Erhard: In 1973, Werner Erhard, committed to making a difference, founded the Werner Erhard Foundation. The Foundation’s original name was The Foundation for the Realization of Man, a name in keeping with the intention of the Foundation. Werner Erhard established this Foundation as an expression of his own personal commitment to transforming the quality of life for all human beings, and as a vehicle for graduates of The est Training to participate in making a difference in their local communities and throughout the world.

Applying the Three Laws of Performance — The Key to Breakthrough Implementation: Interview with Steve Zaffron at the Palladium's Business Performance Conference 2009

Rewriting Your Future, by Dave Logan: Dave Logan explains how we can change the world by altering our Default Future

Psychology Today: How to Foil an Amygdala Hijack - "The purpose of the Neuroleadership Institute is to join together neuroscience and leadership (or what I would call the "executive function" of the brain meets "executive function" of organizations) to work  synergistically for the benefit of the world....The speakers and presenters included some of the greatest thought leaders on leadership (Warren Bennis ), transformation (Werner Erhard), neuroscience (Dr. Dan Siegel , Dr. Matt Lieberman , Dr. Marco Iacoboni , Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz ), education (Dr. John Joseph ), sustainability (Cynthia Scott ) and passionate journalists (Art Kleiner ). The participants came from close to twenty different countries and from every continent.

Simoleon Sense - Integrity: Without It Nothing Works: Simolean Sense is "a blog which curates the web for the best articles on behavioral economics, complex systems, decision making, psychology, value investing, and science."

Seattle Examiner: est reunion on Internet: Werner Erhard tribute shows beginning of Landmark Forum

CoveyLink.com: Unique perspectives informed by influence from some of the world's most respected thought leaders

The Three Laws of Performance: Book jacket material at Scribd.com

Transformation: on Selfgrowth.com

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge Integrity - Without It Nothing Works - "An individual is whole and complete when their word is whole and complete, and their word is whole and complete when they honour their word," says HBS professor Michael C. Jensen in this interview that appeared in Rotman: The Magazine of the Rotman School of Management, Fall 2009.

Tricycle Magazine: Author Dan Wakefield on the defamatory book Outrageous Betrayal. "What is most baffling to me (and I am sure to other "graduates" of these programs) is not that Erhard's "technology" is attacked by the media, but that the attacks describe it in a way that is roughly opposite to what I've experienced. A typical example is Pressman's charge that "the work" caters to "individual needs, not the collective good of society"...I listen pretty attentively, but I've never heard any "message" in est or The Forum except that the only true satisfaction is in service to others. How does one account for the many humanitarian projects begun by Erhard, his company, and countless graduates of his programs? The book dismisses such programs as "Youth at Risk," for inner-city teen-agers, and "Prison Possibilities" for long-term inmates ("a captive audience," Pressman jokes, sneering at the possibility of prisoners finding inner peace in their "unhappy life behind bars").

Conversations With Buckminster Fuller:"In the 1970's Werner Erhard of Est and Buckminster Fuller shared a stage for an eight hour conference. Werner Erhard was quite astute in describing how people should organize and assemble vast amounts of information whether or not they agree with what has been presented to them. We have to cope with the impossible occurring everyday by shifting our thinking from the Universe to the details. If we try to assemble a universe on the back of details we will have a lost society, and that is exactly where we are today."

European Summit for Global Transformation:There's a movement for Good happening on the planet. Are you at its forefront? Join social entrepreneurs and activists to work together in a high-impact, interactive weekend with an engaged group. Pool resources, get ideas. Speakers are participants – you don’t just sit and listen. The Summit is more than a conference, it’s a weekend to change the world.

Werner Erhard and the Roots of Coaching: "When looking at the roots of coaching, what I found is that coaching was developing globally during the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the key roots being sports, leadership, psychology, and the personal development movement. The first coaching books were written about coaching by managers in business to improve employee performance. The Werner Erhard link is very strong among the first coaches - Jinny Ditzler, on staff with est from 1974 to 1980, started the first life coach training in 1981 in the U.K. Sir John Whitmore brought Werner Erhard to the U.K. in 1974 and Tim Gallwey's Inner Game process to the U.K. in 1979. Tim Gallwey was actually Werner Erhard's tennis coach for a time. Ken Blanchard and Peter Senge were personal friends with Werner Erhard. And Thomas Leonard worked in the accounting department for Werner Erhard Associates, and hired Laura Whitworth to work there also." - Vikki Brock

Werner and Me: "A Memoir and current journal, written as honestly as possible"

Werner Erhard: Writing for WellSphere, Jim Selman describes his work in the field of transformation and his comittment to changing the conversations about growing older: "My vision of ‘Eldering’ began in an event Werner Erhard led at the Cow Palace in San Francisco about transforming relationships and the possibility of creating a “you AND me” context in which together we could make a difference. I saw that age, while obviously a universal aspect of everyone’s life, was also something that divided us, and that our families and communities were becoming age-based political constituents fighting for scarce resources. I saw the possibility of age as something that could unite us and that we could have “young AND old” contribute equally to creating the kind of world we all want. Werner Erhard and his organization supported this vision, and along with a number of Elders, we produced three or four workshops to engage a few hundred people in a conversation for what would be possible if we had a choice about how we age and could transcend the generational divides. The initiative lost momentum after a while. I, and the people who had co-created the vision, moved on to other interests. It has only been in the past couple of years that many of our earlier dreams and ideas have come into vogue.

The Art of Possibility - Benjamin and Rosamund Zander: This book calls readers into a world of opportunity. It illustrates how, with simple shifts in our view of life, we can open ourselves up to our own excellence. Another key learning from this book is that we are shown that when we empower and see the greatness of others, we increase our effectiveness as leaders.

Benjamin Zander - The Power of A Leader: Mentoring Leadership Through Personal Development an excerpt of Benjamin Zander speaking at at Davos, 2008

Ben Zander re: Landmark & The Landmark Forum: Ben Zander- world famous author and conductor of The Boston Philharmonic is interviewed about his work, transformation, leadership, Landmark Education and the Landmark Forum. This video also shows him coaching people and leading his seminars in an endearing and personal way.

Les Affaires: Warren Bennis on Leadership - Eminent authority on leadership, Warren G. Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and founding president of the Leadership Institute of the institution. During an interview in 2006, he discussed the mistakes and missteps committed by people new to leadership.

Jane Self: Author of 60 Minutes and the Assassination of Werner Erhardtalks about the book and answers questions. "I recently received an e-mail from a guy ... asking if I still stood by the work I had done in the book I wrote in 1992, "60 Minutes and the Assassination of Werner Erhard," which negated the allegations made against Erhard." Her answer was, "Yes, I absolutely still am confident in what I wrote in that book. I made it very clear to the people who I spoke with and the people who helped open doors for me to get to others that I was not going to step over anything. If I found a shred of truth in the serious allegations, I would print that and not tiptoe around it. All of the daughters who were on the '60 Minutes' program or reported about on the program have since recanted their stories. As pointed out in the book, there were issues Werner had with his children because he wasn't the daddy they thought he should be. But the allegations were false and just their way of lashing out at him. Werner has been focused on healing his relationship with his children and last I heard making great progress.

Mind Coaching: Thelis Negron writes, "The idea of adapting methods of sports coaching to other areas of life can be traced at least back to the 1960’s. A major step was the publication of Timothy Gallwey’s book, The Inner Game of Tennis, in 1974. But many people view Werner Erhard as the grandfather of Life Coaching. Werner Erhard founded Erhard Seminar Training, or “est.” If you’ve never heard of it, ask your parents. It was a key movement of the 70’s and early 80’s. Out of “est” grew Thomas Leonard’s [life coaching work]. At first, Leonard was primarily interested in giving business advice. He then became aware that his clients wanted more all-encompassing help and thus he became the first official Life Coach.“Life Coaching” was still subordinate to business coaching. Over time, business coaches became more and more popular and, with them, so did life coaches. Life coaching became fairly mainstream by the late 90’s/early 2000’s.

History of Life Coaching: In Vicki Brock's survey of 1310 coaches Erhard was named as key to the development and spread of coaching. So who is Werner Erhard? In the 70's, Erhard ran "est," or Erhard Seminars Training. These were intensive self-empowerment workshops. They were part of the broader human potential movement which developed in the 60's and was about cultivating wellness and personal transformation.

Evox Television: I had the great fortune of hearing Werner Erhard speak last night. My husband and I took a course with Michael Jensen and Werner two and a half years ago in Canada on Being A Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership. Both my husband and I work in the field of leadership development, and so in order to be ongoingly empowering, we are always interested in our own personal growth and development, for the expansion of our own leadership capacity. I have been a student of many thought systems, and personal and organizational transformation is my profession. For over 35 years I have integrated the revelations awakened within me out of participating in work inspired by true leaders and great thinkers. Werner Erhard is one of humanity’s true leaders and great thinkers.

Conversations on Compassion with Werner Erhard: In this dialogue at Stanford University, CCARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty, conversed with Werner Erhard about his life’s work and how compassion has played a role.

Conversations for Transformation: Essays By Laurence Platt Inspired By The Ideas of Werner Erhard

Transformation Articles: On Selfgrowth.com

Coaching and the Art of Management: Werner Erhard participated in a conference on what it is to be a great coach

Jane Self: Book about Werner Erhard and 60 Minutes

The Quest for Non-Adversarial Politics: a current article on changing media conversations

Paul Arden: Werner Erhard's impact on Saatchi and Saatchi's Creative Director

Lynne Twist Interview: Taking a Stand vs. Taking a Position

Coaching Commons: Masterful Coaching

Book Review : 60 Minutes and the Assassination of Werner Erhard

Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard: Robyn Symon and Laurence Platt discuss the the making of the documentary as well as the nature of journalism, 60 Minutes and Werner Erhard.

Want results? Have clear benchmarks for your workplace goals: Author Linnda Durre is a psychotherapist, writer and business consultant who has worked with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and small businesses

Werner Erhard and 60 Minutes: How America's Top Rated Television Show Was Used in an Attempt to Destroy a Man Who Was Making A Difference

Forbes.com: Thoughts on the Business of Life: powerful quotes by influential people... collected by Lydia Forbes

Soul of Money, by Lynne Twist: This review of the executive founder of the Hunger Project's new book discusses Werner Erhard's influence.

Werner Erhard and Associates: Wikipedia Article

Werner Erhard and 60 Minutes: media controversy

Vail Leadership Institute: Love is the key to good relationships. Getting things done with and through others is central to running any organization.Love is about respect, openness, compassion, gratitude and caring. Most certainly the Golden Rule embodies love. Werner Erhard captured it uniquely when he wrote, “You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from.”

Werner Erhard Speaking About Performance: Talking about transformation is no more than a representation, an image of the real thing. It’s like eating the menu instead of the steak – neither nurturing nor profound. It is in being transformed – in being authentically true to oneself – that one lives passionately free, unencumbered, fearless, committed. It is in living life in a transformed way that the steak and its sizzle show up.

One of My Heros is Werner Erhard: "Twenty four years ago I did the Forum. My life was profoundly changed in two weekends and an evening. While Werner Erhards name is often disparaged in the media, he is one of the most brilliant thinkers and social innovators of our time. His work continues to impact the world."

Werner Erhard Didn't Get The Last Laugh: Werner Erhard didn’t get the last laugh: I took the est Training in 1978...When I look back from 2011, I recogize some of the principles of EST are still with me and are commonplace in today's social structure. The concepts about personal responsibility, accountability, truth and honesty are a part of my personal fabric. Staying in the moment comes easily to me and therefore I believe I experience life more fully. The realization that I alone have the power to change any given situation, or how I respond to it, is second nature. These are tools I use each day. In the end the debt was paid, I took ownership of the EST experience and dare I say...I'm a better person for it.

Eliezer Sobel quotes Werner Erhard at Huffington Post: "There isn't anything that is ever going to come along that is going to MAKE you happy. Nothing. Getting that is the entrée into the system in which the truth lies, for the truth is always and only found now, in the circumstances you've got."

This is IT: est Twenty Years Later: "I got it in 1975, in a Hilton ballroom in Boston. What was "it"? And do I still have it? If not, when did I lose it, and can I get it back? These questions may sound tongue-in-cheek, but actually point to something quite profound - namely, "it." Perhaps the most eloquent and concise description of "it" that I have ever come across is from an Alan Watts essay, "This Is It": "To the individual thus enlightened it appears as a vivid and overwhelming certainty that the universe, precisely as it is at this moment, as a whole and in every one of its parts, is so completely right as to need no explanation or justification beyond what it simply is....the mind is so wonder-struck at the self-evident and self-sufficient fitness of things as they are, including what would ordinarily be thought the very worst, that it cannot find any word strong enough to express the perfection and beauty of the experience...The central core of the experience seems to be the conviction, or insight, that the immediate now, whatever its nature, is the goal and fulfillment of all living."

This is Still IT: est Thirty Years Later: "At the end of the first weekend of the est training, we were sent home with an inquiry to ponder until the following weekend: Who would be wrong if your life got better? The answer, for me, was plain: I would. I would be wrong about everyone and everything I had ever blamed for my unhappiness. This was perhaps the most fundamental principle I learned at est. I am not the victim of my circumstances in life, and that which I seek will not be found by manipulating those circumstances.

A more satisfying life is not dependent upon my finding a different relationship, a better job, a new location, or more money, physical healing, or anything in the domain of what Werner called, "more, better and different". Instead he preached that at any time and in any situation, no matter what the circumstances, you have the ability to transform the quality of your life."

An Indescribable Experience: One reason why the public seldom sees much deep, penetrating reporting and/or commentary about any contemporary psychological movement is that it is distinctly unfashionable for journalists to write anything that may be interpreted as favorable about such phenomena. Never mind whether it’s true or not. The silent rule is, "If you can’t be critical, don’t write it."

Well, this is to serve notice to any potential head-lopper that I choose not to be intimidated. Sorry. I just can’t join the cynical press bandwagon. est is – and remains – one of the most fascinating movements, events, phenomena (take your pick, it still defies analysis) I have ever observed and reported on. The fact that it isn’t what it seems to be (what is?) and that it is as elusive as quicksilver to describe only enhances the fascination as far as I’m concerned. - From Human Behavior, October 1978, Eleanor Links Hoover

A Tribute to est: a tribute to transformation and Werner Erhard. Follow the lineage of people, places and things that enlightened a generation and made an impact on the world.

This is it - An Interview with Werner Erhard:"The truth is not found in a different set of circumstances. The truth is always and only found in the circumstances you’ve got." - Interview with Werner Erhard in New Sun Magazine, December 1978

est - The New Life-Changing Philosophy that Makes You the Boss: By Marcia Seligson, Published in Cosmopolitan Magazine, June 1975

The est Training Photo Experience

Michael C. Jensen Harvard Business School

The Reluctant Optimist

Psychology Today: Eliezer Sobel, Author of 99th Monkey: "As Werner Erhard once bluntly put it to me, staring right into my eyes, 'There isn't ANYTHING that is EVER going to come along that is going to make you happy. NOTHING. Getting that is the entrée into the system in which the truth lies, for the truth is always and only found now, in the circumstances you've got.'"

IC Centre for Governance, Pachgani, India “Leadership: An Ontological Approach”

Werner Erhard in India, Nov 2010

SSRN Blog: Professor Michael C. Jensen of Harvard School of Business talked to Georgetown’s 338 McDonough School of Business’ graduating seniors about integrity and authenticity at their commencement Saturday morning.

"The Tree of Life" Review: "Director Terence Malick has opened our vision to the untranslatable miracle of life in all its aspects.... in Werner Erhard’s phrase, 'to make their love for the world be what their lives are really about.'" - Film review by Howard Schumann

Society for Humanistic Psychology: In keeping with their longstanding interest in the well-being of all persons, and in the importance of living life with purpose and meaning, the Society for Humanistic Psychology posts information about the chapter by Werner Erhard, Michael C. Jensen, and Kari L. Granger report, in the forthcoming Handbook for Teaching Leadership.

The Great Gastrectomy- Quote by Werner Erhard:
"If you could really accept that you weren’t ok, you could stop proving you were ok. If you could stop proving that you were ok you could get that it was ok not to be ok. If you could get that it was ok not to be ok you could get that you were ok the way you are. You’re ok, get it?"

Dr. Jim Byrne draws on Werner’s ideas: Some ideas on how to complete your experience of unpleasant events in your life

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