Our passion is changing the world,
one team at a time.
Thrive at Work is a team of creative designers,
expert facilitators, rigorous researchers
and hard-core implementers.
We design culture assessments, experiential workshops to grow teams and virtual learning
communities in organizations
We facilitate every scale and scope of organization &
team planning, culture & community building
workshops & leadership coaching
We study the latest in team culture, engagement, social technologies for learning, organizational design
and the future of work
We move talk to action in all forms of planning
and strategy in order to achieve new
levels of capacity and thriving
For over 35 years, I have been helping teams, leaders, organizations and communities discover new ways to realize their potential together. I have designed and delivered workshops and provided coaching to hundreds of leaders, teams and organizations. In over 24 industries, I have worked with executives and civic leaders, engineers and scientists, teachers and entrepreneurs, investors and economists, doctors and nurses, lawyers and accountants, designers and storytellers, native elders and fishermen, film makers and community builders.
As 21-time author, my books focus on the psychology of flourishing, mindfulness and collaboration and include books of poetry, storytelling, photography and cooking: Collaborative Creativity, Accidental Conversations, Project Zen, Appreciative Leadership, Mountain Paths, Conscious Becoming, Instructions from the Cook, The Stories that Connect Us, The Enchantment of Casual Origins, The Joy of Thriving, Ordinary Eyes, The Agile Canvas Field Guide, Abundant Possibilities, The Power Of Circles, Making Sense Of Time, Beyond Recipes, Focus, Smarter Together, Growing Ideas, The Art Of Conversations and The Way Of Questions.
With a graduate degree focused in positive psychology from Goddard College, I have taught undergrads, graduate students and post-Docs at the Harvard Kennedy School, UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt and Kent State University. As a writer, he continues to sustain the oldest daily blog in Northern Ohio since 2002 and mentors emerging writers and entrepreneurs in their craft.
My passion is helping people find and use their strengths to move toward their biggest vision. My career began as a community organizer with refugees and grew to designing and facilitating programs for international professionals including grassroots women leaders in Egypt. These experiences led me to management consulting focusing on strategic planning, leadership development, community and education based program development and executive coaching. I loved growing capacity with small community health programs and large regional planning initiatives, helping a small orchestra plan for their future with a brilliant new conductor and making the right connections across a neighborhood embarking on a P16 education initiative. A few years ago I cofounded Thrive, a volunteer run group designing happiness experiences in Cleveland, which led to working with the incredibly talented Thrive At Work Team, helping people love their work. My work is supported by graduate studies in international social work and positive organization development and certificates in positive psychology and yoga.
The work I love is designing solutions and experiences that help people learn, collaborate, create, and innovate together. As a proud Ohio University Bobcat, I began my career as an internal consultant, and team leader in large global Fortune 200 corporations where I focused on learning and development, instructional design, communities of practice, and learning technologies. In 2010 I helped to co‐found a nonprofit whose mission is to connect young people to organizations, issues, and institutions in Greater Cleveland. In 2013, I left the corporate world to fuse my professional and civic passions by pursuing entrepreneurial efforts in consulting and technology, all leading me to help form Thrive At Work. Every day I get to partner with the most talented people in the world, and have a ton of fun along the way. When not “on the clock”, I connect in a community of local music lovers to see live shows. As we say, Cleveland Rocks!