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Bredenberg Associates provide proven approaches and leading-edge resources for harnessing your team's energy, talents, and creativity. Our coaches mentor leaders to cultivate cultures of trust, accountability, synergy, and get the work done. We equip your team with the leadership skills and innovation solutions to navigate nimbly and sustainably in today's environment of dynamic change.

Services we offer:

⚬ Leadership Development

⚬ Executive & Team Coaching

⚬ Strategic Visioning & Planning

⚬ High-Impact Workforce Training

⚬ Community Conversations Facilitation

⚬ Train-the-Trainer & Certificate Programs

⚬ Organizational Learning Design & Systems

⚬ Multimedia Communications & Documentation

Monday, September 11, 2017

Schedule for the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Breakfast Showcases

Learn why The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ is recognized as the proven solution for developing a productive, high-performing team. Based on the best-selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, The Five Behaviors™ helps teams understand how to become more cohesive and productive.
In the showcase you will learn:
  • The value of the five behaviors of teamwork: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results
  • Strategies for building a cohesive and productive team
  • How to measure your team’s effectiveness and explore your team’s weaknesses and strengths
  • How your personality influences your behavior and impacts your team
  • How to maximize The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™

Upcoming Events

Showcase tuition for the public is $20, but we would like you to be our guest for FREE! As a courtesy, if you must cancel, please let us know as soon as possible.
Contact us to reserve your spot today!

Showcases begin at 8:30am and end at 10:30am unless otherwise noted with an asterisk.

     Thursday, September 21, 2017*
          Atlanta, GA
     Tuesday, October 3, 2017**
          Grand Rapids, MI
     Thursday, October 5, 2017
          Louisville, KY
     Tuesday, October 17, 2017**
          Kansas City
     Tuesday, October 24, 2017
          Denver, CO
     Wednesday, October 25, 2017*
          Irvine, CA
     Thursday, October 26, 2017*
          Santa Monica, CA      
     Wednesday, December 13, 2017
          Dallas, TX

*   Event Time: 9:00am to 11:00am.
** Event Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm.

Why Teamwork? Why Now?

What does teamwork have to do with ROI?

You probably know what it’s like to work on a “team” that isn’t aligned…confusion, missed deadlines, interpersonal squabbles, turf issues, politics, exiting of good workers…and on and on.  You may even be on one of those teams now.  Maybe you are the leader of one of these teams!  The business pages are filled with stories of companies that fail because of internal strife.  Loss of talent, low morale, and poor performance are EXPENSIVE.

What to do?

In today’s complex workplace, no one person can have all the answers or be able to do everything that needs to be done.  That’s why most work is done in teams…intact and increasingly virtual…and even global.  Some team members never even see their colleagues.  And yet they are expected to get work done efficiently and effectively.

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Model Why invest in building cohesive teams?
A cohesive team…
  • Makes better, faster decisions
  • Taps into the skills and opinions of all members
  • Avoids wasting time and energy on politics, confusion, and destructive conflict
  • Avoids wasting time talking about the wrong issues and revisiting the same topics over and over again because of a lack of buy-in
  • Creates a competitive advantage 
  • Is more fun to be on!

Best-selling business author Patrick Lencioni calls teamwork “the best competitive advantage that any group can have.”  He points out that good teamwork is simple…but not easy.  It takes a lot of work over time.  And it takes courage. You can hear more about teamwork from Pat here 

The simplicity of teamwork are the elements that result in aligned action.  It’s the process of assessing the team’s strengths and skills that require objectivity and leadership.  Leaders must then be committed and courageous to model the new behaviors and foster a culture of trust and accountability to allow people to take risks, tell the truth, and even “fail” so that everyone can learn and improve.

Want to learn more about ways to equip your team to get better results?  
Here’s how:
  • Schedule a FREE 30-minute leadership coaching session to gain tips for aligning your team. 413.522.0811
  • Go to to learn more about Pat Lencioni’s Cohesive Team model and tools for cohesion
  • Attend an upcoming Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Breakfast Showcase* and hear case studies of companies that have improved performance and gained ROI using the process and tools we can provide. View the schedule here.

* Please be our guest at an upcoming Breakfast Showcase at a city near you. Feel free to bring a colleague or two.  Just call 413.522.0811 or email to register.  Please register at least 5 days prior to the event.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Price Increase on EPIC Credits January 1st

Over the last several years, Wiley Publishing has dramatically increased its investment in product innovation, adding value to Everything DiSC and Five Behavior products and programs to maintain its status as the industry leader.  This strategy resulted in numerous advancements including new reports, products, and education programs.

As you plan your leadership and team development strategy for the next 18 - 24 months, use this 4 month lead time to become familiar with the many ways Everything DiSC and Five Behaviors of Cohesive Teams can build a better workplace culture of trust and accountability.

Schedule a complimentary 20 minute Discovery Session to learn about programs and resources to meet your talent development needs.
Schedule online via Calendly or call 413.522.0811 now!

We want you to make the most of your EPIC platform so we offer discounts on volume purchases.  The chart below shows the volume savings when EPIC credits are purchased before December 31, 2017.  
# EPIC Credits
Per Credit Price
January 1, 2018
Per Credit Price
Per Credit
1 - 499
500 - 999
1,000 - 1,999
2,000 - 2,999
3,000 - 3,999
4,000 - 4,999
5,000 - 6,999

I See You! I Am Here!

We often introduce the African greeting: I see you! I am here!, in our leadership classes as a way to encourage people to be present to each other and themselves. Initially, people feel a little awkward to be really “seeing” each other. Just saying the words, “I see you” and responding “I am here” seems a little artificial. But after a few greetings, people start feeling the connection. The laughter subsides and people become present to each other and themselves. They start breathing again and seeing each other in new ways.
I See You I Am Here

How often are we just going through our days…passing neighbors, dealing with customers and patients, meeting with co-workers…and we don’t really SEE or HEAR them. And other than our bodies being present, we’re miles away, planning what’s next, solving a problem or adding something to our grocery list.

I see you! Greeting another person, and really seeing and hearing them requires putting aside our lenses of assumptions and judgments. Looking into their eyes and seeing their humanity, their unique beauty and value is a gift to both giver and receiver.

I am here!  Just making that statement often brings me back from my distractions and busyness. I momentarily slow down and become present to myself and the other person. Whether it is for just a fleeting moment of greeting, or the beginning of a longer interaction, being present enriches the connection and allows us to sync up our energies.

My beau and I live in different states. I live in Florida and work in New York. He lives in North Carolina. When we get together every few weeks, we have to rediscover how to really “be” together again. We’ve created a ritual of reconnection: As we first meet, we look into each other’s eyes and say these word, ”I see you”.  The other responds, “I am here”. With these simple phrases, we become present…to each other and ourselves. The connection becomes real. We are two humans, living our individual lives, yet sharing the connection of love, life, and purpose.

One of my favorite authors is Mark Nepo. He’s written many books. My favorite is The Book of Awakening. Reading the daily meditations is a regular part of my morning practice. One of the entries is about this African greeting, found here.

How can you be more aware...
Of others?
Of yourself?
Of the impact you have on others?

Written by: Ingrid Bredenberg

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7 Habits of Highly Effective People in Under 6 Minutes!

Check out this video highlighting the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bredenberg Associates: Labyrinths!

Bredenberg Associates: Labyrinths!: Client testimonial – The Labyrinth Society We are always delighted to hear how our work has lasting value.  Last month we heard from The ...

Monday, February 29, 2016


Client testimonial – The Labyrinth Society
We are always delighted to hear how our work has lasting value.  Last month we heard from The Labyrinth Society (TLS), an international organization that serves an international community of labyrinth designers, builders and educators.

The following is an abridged article written by President Kay Whipple referencing a strategic visioning and Board Development session that Ingrid facilitated in 2007:

TLS in SMITHSONIAN:  A Magazine “from the future!”

Almost nine years ago, the TLS Board had their second strategic planning session. On the opening night, we gathered in a conference room at the Benedictine Center at the St. Paul's Monastery in Maplewood, MN, and put together magazines “from the future” where we put our visions of how we wanted to see TLS and labyrinths being portrayed around the world in print. A great and hilarious time was had by all. We were encouraged to be outrageous! To think big! As a newbie board member, though, at a time when we were just charting next steps, I was a bit sheepish about putting our articles/headlines in Time Magazine! It seemed so presumptuous! 2007 was still relatively early and I couldn’t really see it happening. We have been mentioned in a number of REAL magazines since then, but yesterday marks a special milestone.

agazines from the future

Magazines "from the future." Photo: K. Whipple

In mid-January 2016, our Executive Director, David Gallagher, was interviewed for Smithsonian Magazine, and January 20 the article came out. It is magnificent! It is the article that I had tried to envision all those years ago and seemed to me to embody the hopes and dreams of the board members at that long-ago meeting. 
There is a wealth of information there as well as wonderful pictures. The author includes links to the TLS website and the World Wide Labyrinth Locator.

I am just thrilled as I look back on how we have grown, where we have gone, and how much we have created since that day back in 2007. It is an encouragement to keep going. As I peruse the “magazines from the future” that I have kept all these years, there are many things that seem prophetic. One of the magazines, created by Katja Marquart (our current Treasurer), Harriet Royer, Kimberly Saward, Diane Terry Kehner, and Hallie Sawyers, mentioned the “5th Anniversary of International Labyrinths for Peace Day” – and this was before World Labyrinth Day had been conceived. I had never noticed that before.
The goals and visions we set for ourselves create the path of our future. Thanks to all who create and embrace the vision, who work to manifest it, and/or support the ones who do!

Serendipity Addendum

A few days after the Smithsonian article came out, Kay got her Time magazine eulogizing David Bowie.  The cover was a labyrinth designer’s dream!