The Grove is intentionally a networked organization, hence the metaphor in our name. Our active Partners now span the globe and help share and improve tools and methods for process leadership and collaboration worldwide.

Meet Our Partners

Business Models, Inc.'s founder, Patrick van der Pijl, was the producer on the team that wrote Business Model Generation, a breakout business book explaining how to innovate an organization's business model. His company, Business Models, Inc. (BMI) combines Grove Graphic Guides® and the Business Model Canvas to create a complete strategic business-model innovation offering. BMI has translated Visual Meetings into Dutch and sponsored Grove workshops in Europe. The eight global BMI offices also collaborate with The Grove on trainings.

Conbrio is a Dallas-based consulting firm that specializes in counseling and developing leaders, including strategy, teaming, culture innovation and succession. Bill Bancroft is founder and principal. Conbrio collaborates with The Grove on client engagements, training, and product-development projects.

Markus Engelberger is a world-class facilitator, consultant and trainer based in Vienna/Austria. He works with companies of all shapes and sizes in Europe, Asia and the UAE that have the vision and means to make the future a place worth living in. Markus uses visuals for one simple reason: Because they work! His practice has been influenced by The Grove’s pioneering work and officially joined the Partners Network in 2018. His work focuses on graphic recording, strategic illustration, meeting facilitation, strategic consulting, as well as workshops and trainings.

ES Consulting, a management and ICT consulting firm, works closely with its clients to enhance their ability to bring about effective change in their organizations by focusing on strategic issues at a senior management level, such as: strategic management, business process management, project management, enterprise architecture, performance management, and business innovation. ES Consulting is in the process of translating into Arabic, and offering for sale, The Grove's Principles of Graphic Facilitation Workshop and associated materials.

  • ES Consulting provides its consulting services through a co-creation approach that involves highly facilitated workshops.
  • We follow the Visual Consulting approach described in David Sibbet and Gisela Wendling’s book, Visual Consulting.
  • We offer a Strategic Visioning Camp (three days to build your strategy) that follows The Grove’s approach. (All in Arabic.)
  • We deliver PGF and SV training through ES Learning (

Growth Management Center, Inc. is a consulting firm based in Truckee, California. Rob Eskridge, president and owner, is a longterm associate and partner of The Grove. His areas of specialization include business planning and strategy, mergers, and executive management consulting. Even after 30 years as a strategic management consultant and planning facilitator in more than 40 industries and 16 countries, he approaches each planning meeting and implementation assignment with a fresh look, designing agendas and management processes uniquely tailored to the particular business issues, industry trends and financial situation which the client faces. Rob earned a B.A. in Economics from Santa Clara University, and an MBA in Strategic Marketing at the University of Southern California with a Marketing & IT Emphasis.

kommunikationslotsen is an organization development firm in Cologne, Germany, founded by Holger Scholz. Together with Neuland, kommunikationslotsen develops products, tools and literature on change facilitation. Holger is the author of the Basic Bundle (16 Cards for Natural Facilitators) and co-author of the Learning Maps, which include Open Space, World Cafe, Appreciative Inquiry, Dynamic Facilitation and The Circle Way. He also co-facilitates (with David Sibbet, Gisela Wendling and Alan Briskin) the Leading As Sacred Practice conference, convening annually over the past three years with a fourth set for Oct. 2019.

Lizard Brain makes meetings look good. Everything they do is visual. But they don’t just draw. They visually facilitate groups of all kinds whenever they get together. They specialize in virtual facilitation, strategic planning, leadership and team development, change management, and community engagement.

Meeting Magic thrives in helping organizations truly understand their meeting culture and how meeting in productive environments can both support and change the organization. They focus on designing and leading participative and productive meetings—from strategic planning with leadership teams to large-group meetings and conferences. As The Grove's London-based training partner, Meeting Magic provides facilitation services and graphic-facilitation training in Europe, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific regions. Katherine Woods, founder and CEO, is certified in The Grove's facilitation methods.

Meridian University seeks to educate leaders with the capacities, skills, and knowledge essential for transforming the professions of psychology, business, and education. Alongside a solid foundation in professional knowledge and creative inquiry skills, students cultivate capacities of courage, compassion, clarity, conscience, and embodied self-awareness. Guided by an integral vision, Meridian offers an "education that transforms."

Otherwise helps organizations "move from ideas to action." Its focus areas include workshop design and facilitation, visual tools and meeting design, behavioral training and team coaching, LEGO® Serious Play® facilitation, and unconventional events creation​. Otherwise is partnering with The Grove with a special focus in continuous learning and exchange with The GLEN around visual facilitation and the use of visual frameworks. In the future, the firm is looking to bring Grove trainings to Europe.​

We help growth companies plan for their future talent needs and manage leadership transitions. Playbooks Consulting brings deep expertise in talent and succession management, executive coaching, building high performing teams, and organization assessment, design and change.

RIDG is a creative innovation consultancy that helps executives scale their teams for growth. We use visual facilitation and design thinking to unlock the value of every client and those they serve. We accelerate ideas to market by giving clients the essential skills to consistently identify, build, and deliver through our proven frameworks. We help companies drive change, innovate and master uncertainty while growing their people and profits.

Peter Gaarn specializes in high-engagement accelerated design sessions in primarily healthcare and technology companies. He and his partners at the SPRING Network use design sessions to facilitate rapid design and organizational solutions that align cross-functional perspectives for integrated go-forward plans. He also employs a decision-accelerator methodology that mobilizes business networks/ecosystems to solve challenging customer problems while developing plans that reduce time to value with a high commitment from those who have to implement those solutions.

Team Management Services GmbH (TMS) is a Freibug and Bad Nauheim (Frankfurt), Germany-based firm focusing on strategies and tools to improve teamwork. Marc Tscheuschner leads the firm and is partnering with The Grove to certify facilitators in The Team Performance Check-up in Germany (called the Team Performance Online Survey in the US). TMS is also translating The Grove's Graphic Guide® templates and Leader's Guides into German. German-Language Grove products distributed include: Team Leader Guide; the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model®, Overview, and Abstract; Team Startup Agenda Planning Kit; Team Performance Check-up (Team Performance Online Survey); Graphic Gameplan (Leader's Guide and Graphic Guide®); Meeting Startup (Leader's Guide and Graphic Guide®); Graphic History (Leader's Guide and Graphic Guide®); Industry Structure (Leader's Guide and Graphic Guide®); and Journey Vision (Leader's Guide and Graphic Guide®).

We collaborate with a global network of consultants, designers and affiliated companies to provide the best possible process leadership and accompanying visuals for meeting facilitation, team development, and organization and social change. The groups and people listed here are those with whom we have active, personal relationships, with working agreements that may include licensing, distribution, and collaborative consulting and training. Our Partners share our commitment to offer top quality services and innovative methodologies.


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