Fall 2023 Through Summer 2024

In these turbulent times, transformational change leaders are needed everywhere. We believe change leadership skills are developed most effectively when a cohort of committed learners work together over a longer period of time. The Leading Change Program is designed to build a strong peer-learning environment for mutually supportive organizational leaders, facilitators and consultants. It includes four residential retreats, online video sessions, triads and coaching on participants' change projects.

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A Master’s-Level Experience 

Gisela Wendling, Ph.D., and David Sibbet will co-lead all sessions, with involvement of other successful practitioners with relevant expertise. Participants will learn to design, lead, facilitate, and support transformational processes across all phases of systemic change. They will introduce and practice the latest dialogic and visual collaborative methods grounded in Gisela’s extensive research in liminal change processes and organizational development practice, and David’s applications of the Theory of Process and his extensive work as a visual consultant in all manner of organizations.

Real-World Impact

Gisela and David’s approach is peer and action learning at its best. They will support participants in working on projects with real impact and importance in addition to contributing to actively planning, facilitating and learning from discussion of important topics and skill-building activities. This program will assuredly result in rich development of your competency to design and lead change.

Resources & Materials

The Seven Challenges of Change™ framework, the Wendling Liminal Pathways Change Framework™, and Gisela and David's co-authored book, Visual Consulting: Designing & Leading Change, will be core resources for this program. Participants will also have full access to other GLEN and Grove resources during the program.

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The Seven Challenges of Change Framework

See how patterns of change play out over predictable stages in a complex organizational transformation process. 


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Visual Consulting: Designing & Leading Change Book

Learn how visual practice can combine with dialogue and change methods to get more creative and sustainable results.


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Wendling Liminal Pathways Change Framework

Explore the three basic phases of change and the inner and outer processes that help guide and bring a change to completion. 


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The Global Learning & Exchange Network

The GLEN is a learning community that seeks to evolve collaborative capacities that help us rise to the challenges we face. 


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April Info Session

April 6, 2023 9am-10:00am PDT

May Info Session

May 5, 2023 11am–12:00pm PDT

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Your Facilitators

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David Sibbet

Founder and CEO of The Grove 

David Sibbet has been an organizational consultant and information designer since 1977. He is the 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. David is a master facilitator of large-scale group processes, strategic visioning and creative, future-oriented symposia. He frequently lends his coaching and design expertise to Grove project teams. His practice is 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.

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Gisela Wendling

Vice-President of Global Learning at The Grove and The GLEN

Gisela Wendling, Ph.D. is The Grove's vice-president of global learning, a senior consultant and co-author (with David Sibbet) of Visual Consulting: Designing & Leading Change. Her expertise is based on 30 years of working and consulting with a wide range of private and public organizations. Pairing a systems perspective with process-oriented and dialogic approaches, Gisela creates unique opportunities for interactive, content-rich and transformative change for organizations. As a coach, Gisela works with senior executives wishing to develop their competence as transformational leaders. She received a doctorate from the School of Human and Organization Development at Fielding Graduate University and for several years directed the MA in OD at Sonoma State University.