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Resilience Dynamics (RD): Riding the Waves of Change with Daniel Ellenberg and Judith Bell

April  5 - 5, 2013
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Resilience Dynamics (RD): Riding the Waves of Change with Daniel Ellenberg and Judith Bell

*This workshop occurs over a series of three Fridays*
March 1: Design Patterns for Undefended Software Teams
March 8: The Power of Clarity: Leaving the Assumption Warehouse
April 5: Resiliance Dynamics: Riding the Waves of Change.

About the Workshop

"Blessed are they who are flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape."
-Debra McKnight-Higgins

What separates those who cope well with change from those who do not? Resilience. Because of how fast things are changing, resilience is arguably the number one skillset that people and teams need to develop. Can resilience skills be learned? Yes.

2.5 million+ years have wired human beings for surviving, not thriving. Most of us go into survival mode many times a day without even knowing it, especially around uncertainty and change. When we go into survival and defensive reactions are triggered, we get dumber and don't cope well. Our resilience is nowhere to be found.

Resilience Dynamics (RD) is about maintaining maximum intelligence (and minimum defensiveness) in the face of stressors without going into doom and gloom or fits of anger. RD provides the skillset for people and teams to keep evolving over time by changing their product or services, adapting to the current market, and/or creating new markets with new technologies. RD integrates the latest brain science, psychology of thriving, cognitive psychology, cybernetics, and change management systems.


  • Recognize the difference between external triggers and internal reactions
  • Develop your prefrontal cortex: the CEO of resilience
  • Do very specific, easy practices to become more resilient
  • Course correct early
  • Use the power of neural plasticity to change unskillful habits
  • Activate specific adaptive, feel good hormones in your body
  • Harness the power of relationships to increase your resilience
  • Reduce burnout and stress
  • Increase your capacity to bounce back after unwanted and unexpected disruptive change

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About the Presenters

Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is a principal in the Authentic Leadership Institute, an organizational trainer and consultant, and a psychologist. He has helped CEOs, VPs, managers, engineers, scientists, artists, and more realize that their greatest assets lay in their own curiosity, authenticity, and willingness to embrace change. He specializes in helping leaders craft and deliver their messages to individuals, teams and organizations. A primary focus is to help leaders recognize and act upon the critical success factors that turn unconscious assumptions and common misunderstandings into clear, precise, and productive conversations. His background in psychology, contemplative practices, neuroscience, and philosophy makes him uniquely qualified to help people gain a deeper, more effective understanding both of themselves and those they serve. He co-created and delivered a specially designed resilience training program for NASA to help its workforce survive and thrive during a crisis in organizational confidence. Daniel has coached leaders in companies such as NASA, Yahoo, Netscape, Oracle, ESPN, Power Vision, Adobe, Restoration Hardware, Autodesk, and Genentech.

Judith Bell, M.S., is the founder and president of Authentic Leadership Institute and consults with high performance teams internationally. She has created and delivered personal growth, team development, and organizational change seminars for over 30 years. By helping executives, managers, and staff understand themselves better and communicate more effectively, she helps create productive teams that have the skills to respond flexibly and rapidly to their changing environments.

In her consulting practice with intact, matrixed, cross functional, and virtual teams,, she is known for helping organizations find simple solutions to complex problems. Engineers and scientists seek her out to collaborate with them to apply so-called "soft skills" to tackle and resolve hard technical challenges.

She is one of the world's leading experts on FIRO Theory (from which FIRO B originated) and trains organizational consultants internationally. She provides training, consultation, and coaching for diverse organizations in high tech, manufacturing, government, education, and health care including NASA, Amdahl, Proctor and Gamble, and Bayer Schering Pharma.

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