The following information is a sampling of the theories and models that support my work. These are not meant to be prescriptive. I offer them for your interest and curiosity. and I am happy to discuss any of these with you.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

AI is a dialogic approach to change that embraces a more celebratory positive perspective. The process begins by valuing the best that an organization offers, identifying and discussing a positive goal for the future, and developing a plan of action to move toward this goal. Read more...

Bridges’ Transition Model

William Bridges’ Transition model differentiates between change and transition. Change is situational; transition is psychological. Read more...

Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model

Alan Drexler and David Sibbet created the Team Performance Model that outlines seven stages of a high performing team: 1) orientation, 2) trust building, 3) goal clarification, 4) commitment, 5) implementation, 6) high performance, and 7) renewal. Read more...

GRPI Model

GRPI presents a structured approach to team dynamics. The GRPI model has four elements: goals, roles, process, and interpersonal relationships.   Read more...

The Ladder of Inference – How Mental Models are Formed

Mental models help us decipher our world and the relationships between people and their environment. Our perceptions, beliefs, and values profoundly influence those models. Read more...

Nonprofit Seed Model

Mirroring the biology of a seed, this model divides the nonprofit organization into four critical parts. The outer layer, the seed coat, represents the board itself. Its role is to protect the organization, especially in its nascency. A critical transition that many boards either overlook or do not understand is, that like the seed casing, the board must let go, change, or open up in order for the organization to grow and flourish. Read more...

Vivian and Hormann Strength & Shadow Paradox 

The high level of commitment and devotion inherent in mission-driven organizations creates a paradox where both strength and shadow exist side-by-side, often evolving as a consequence of each other. Read more...