"The most important thing to remember is this: To be
ready at any moment to give up what you are for what
you might become"
- W. E. B. Du Bois
Whew! Having logged more than 160,000 miles in the
air and on the road last year, I sometimes felt
like George Clooney's character in the film, "Up in the
Fortunately for me, if I'm on the road then I'm doing
what I love: using presence, passion,
and purpose (thanks Kevin Cashman!) to help
people and organizations become the best they
can be at doing what they do.
Our job is to help you discover and use
your unique gifts in order to
manifest powerful change in your life and the lives of
those your work touches.
We were blessed last year to work all around the
world in service of this mission. In addition to our
domestic work in more than 15 states, we worked on
four continents in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bolivia,
Ethiopia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, and
Switzerland. Six of those were new countries for
More than 95% of all of
our work last year continued to come from your direct
referrals and for that we are overwhelmed with
gratitude. We're so appreciative of the chance to work
live with passion and trust.
Click the 'pics' link on the left to view lots of great NEW
pictures just added to our website. Please be sure to
take a look at the Kosovo Youth Academy slideshow, too.
Though 2009 was a tough year for so many people,
we've been overwhelmed by all of the ways people
and organizations are finding not just to survive,
but to thrive. This spirit has helped us to exercise our
own creativity and embrace a
At Common Ground, it has caused
us to become more innovative when it comes to the
services and assistance we can offer.
For example, we have begun offering Leadership
Coaching services to our
social profit and civil society clients.
Using telephone and internet video communications,
we're now able to help you solve tough problems
without incurring ever-increasing travel expenses.
Of course, we'll still be on the road with you as often as
necessary, but our hope is that this additional service
will meet some of
your short-term or emergency consulting needs. It has
been our experience that leadership coaching is
effective when combined with our other organizational
development services, making those processes much
To learn more about our new
Leadership Coaching or
to schedule a session,
please click the 'coaching' link to the left.
At Common Ground, we are also committed to
helping our clients harness the power of
emerging social networks; challenge status quo
change strategies; leverage organizational
charisma; create a culture that supports mission-
goals; and build high-trust
This year, we expect to be doing a lot of work in these
the development of high-impact advocacy campaigns
that include state-of-the-art organizational web
portals. Our goal is to create simple,
effective strategies that provide stakeholders and
constituents with the tools they need to develop their
own micro-movements: small, yet scalable, individual
efforts to affect change in one's own life, a particular
neighborhood, or within a defined community.
If your organization is looking for innovative ways to
tap into the power and creativity of your stakeholders
or you're looking to improve your presence on the
web, please click the 'connect' link to the left to learn
more about what Common Ground can offer.
Finally, please know that we feel honored
and privileged to be even just a small part of your
amazing efforts to make our world more just, more
secure, and more ripe with the spirit of possibility.
As this new year and
new decade dawn, may your life be filled
with love, your heart with hope,
and our world with peace.