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Claude Whitmyer (claude[at]meaningfulwork[dot]com) (co-founder) is a veteran business educator and organizational consultant who has served more than 2,000 clients in several hundred corporations, non-profits, small and micro businesses. He has helped business owners, executives and managers with planning and strategic thinking, business and marketing plans, market research, communications, executive and management coaching, talent management, training and development, management systems automation, and web-based meetings, virtual teaming and online learning. In the early 1990s he developed one of the first graduate business programs in the U.S. to be partially or wholly delivered over the Internet. Mr. Whitmyer has authored three books:
Gail Terry Grimes (gail[at]futureu[dot]com) (co-founder) has worked as an independent communications consultant for more than 20 years. She has provided more than 100 organizations with creative services, project management, and communications assessment, primarily for marketing, fund development, internal communications, and change management. In the early 1990s, she was communications consultant for the merger that created one of the largest private medical centers in the West. More recently she played a similar role for a $52 million Internet startup with a non-profit mission related to the humanistic use of technology for enhanced communications. A former journalist, she is also well known as a motivational and technical writer and as a teacher of written communications. Ms. Grimes is married to Mr. Whitmyer and together they have developed a unique process tool for couples who want to live and work together as co-entrepreneurs.
Hidetake Enomoto singlehandedly introduced career coaching to his native Japan. Following his success with coaching in Japan, Hide spent several years researching eco-villages, living for three years at the Findhorn intential community in Scotland. He is currently involved with
the Transition Towns green metro movement in Japan.
Mr. Enomoto is available for cross-cultural workshops and teleconferences on new developments in the Japanese workplace, community building, and eco-villages. He is author of Coaching (PHP, 1999) and translator of the Japanese edition of Jessica Lipnack's and Jeffrey Stamps' Virtual Teams.
The ancient followers of the Tao were
subtle, mysterious and penetrating.
They were too deep to be fathomed.
All we can do is describe their appearance.
Hesitant, as if crossing a winter stream.
Watchful, as if aware of neighbors on all sides.
Respectful, like a visiting guest.
Yielding, like ice beginning to melt.
Simple, like an Uncarved Block.
Open, like a valley.
Obscure, like muddy water.
Who else can be still,
and let the muddy water slowly become clear?
Who else can remain at rest,
and slowly come to life?
Those who hold fast to the Tao
do not try to fill themselves to the brim.
Because they do not try to be full,
they can be worn out and yet, ever new.
Tao Te Ching, Chapter 15