PATHNORTH fosters conversations
of enduring significance for principal business founders, owners,
and chief executive officers to help them broaden their definition
of success, live more integrated lives, and experience greater effectiveness
in business and personal endeavors.
Most executives have extensive experience in traditional
aspects of business management, but frequently have less experience
in dealing with a relentless array of societal and personal expectations.
The public glare of highly visible, ethical and personal leadership
failures, has thrust executives into an increasingly cynical, unforgiving
climate with little margin for error. Today's CEO is not only expected
to define and carry out strategies to achieve excellent financial
results, but also to be an exemplary citizen, a personal role model,
and an extraordinary civic leader. In record numbers, senior leaders
are opting out - leaving their businesses, communities, and society
with a significant leadership deficit.
PATHNORTH was founded in response
to this demanding environment and offers unique gatherings to help
leaders identify practical approaches to meet these important responsibilities.
Our goal is to encourage senior executives to acquire skills needed
to meet this challenge with distinction and to pass their knowledge
and experience on to others.
What Can I Expect at a PathNorth Event?
A number of important themes run through PATHNORTH programs
and activities. Three are particularly central. Life is best lived
and understood holistically where all aspects of our existence weave
together in an integrated fashion and contribute to our overall sense
of well being and purpose. Second, healthy relationships make professional
and personal life truly rich and satisfying. Things, while valuable
and useful, can never be an adequate substitute for the meaning we
find in our interaction with others. Lastly, PATHNORTH sees
personal stories as the central means to inspire and instruct. Too
often "personal success" literature conveys an overly simplistic
and formulaic approach not anchored in the hard lessons learned through
the crucible of experience.
At PATHNORTH events you will experience
the confluence of these themes interwoven in meetings thoughtfully
crafted to provide you with sustaining connection to integrating
ideas, extraordinary people, and authentically inspiring stories,
all of which contribute to shaping better and deeper leaders, companies,
and communities. Because we see the personal stories and journeys
of our participants as the most efficient and powerful path to change
and hope, you will be exposed to an intimate view of exceptional
individuals whose stories provide insight and perspective on your
own unique journey and set a tone of openness and self-reflection
necessary for change. Through lessons, born of success and failure,
we all learn and are liberated to consider fresh approaches to our
own lives and how we might better use them to make a positive difference
in the broader world.
You will find distinguished peers in our meetings
who share your respect for the high calling of work and your interest
in the exploration and exchange of significant ideas and insights.
While classes and courses have an important role to play, we note
that leaders in all sectors of public and private enterprise have
an even deeper thirst to engage in productive conversations and guided
reflection regarding questions of deep meaning, personal purpose,
and holistic life direction. When these conversations are stimulated
and informed by insightful stories and are managed with excellence,
leaders find them to be of singular value. It is to this end that PATHNORTH is
Compiled by PathNorth facilitator, Fred Harburg