About David Sibbet

Founder of The Grove 

David Sibbet began his practice as an organizational consultant and process and information designer in 1977. He is retired from active graphic facilitation but frequently lends his coaching and design expertise to Grove project teams. He is also active with The Grove's Global Learning & Exchange Network and with Grove Tools, inc. As author of John Wiley & Sons’ four-volume Visual Facilitation Series as well as many of The Grove’s leading-edge group-process tools and models for facilitation, team leadership and organizational transformation he has a passion for sharing good tools. 

David's practice was informed by eight years of public affairs leadership development with the Coro Northern California Center for Civic Leadership. He holds a master’s degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in literature from Occidental College. In 2013, he was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Organizational Development Network.

Gisela Wendling, Ph.D., David's long time colleague and spouse, is now CEO of The Grove. They co-authored Visual Consulting and continue to collaborate on new tools and methods that can support realizing visionary futures.

David currently works from his home studio in Petaluma, California. He does visioning work with individual leaders there. He is president of California Poets in the Schools and on the board of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners Institute.

Current Projects

In 2024, David retired from organizational consulting and facilitation and shifted his focus and creative energy to writing, product development and supporting The Grove’s consulting team and partner network.

David’s desire is to bring forward the theories and methods that underlie The Grove’s important contributions over the years. He is working on a new book about sustainable organizations and the seven archetypes for achieving coherence and lasting impact.

He is excited to share the accumulated insights he has gained developing tools in the field of organization development and to support a new generation of practitioners.

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David’s Work

To understand more about David’s current work, visit his personal website. There you will find blog postings, downloadable articles and videos. 


David's Website
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The Team Performance System™: Origins & Theory

Watch this video of David Sibbet exploring the origins of the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model® (Model) and System™. 


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Strategic Visioning™: Origins & Theory

Join David Sibbet on August 8, 2024 for an exploration of the origins of our approach to supporting visionary leaders with our Strategic Visioning methods.


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