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Dave Ellis Leadership Development and Coaching
Once you complete this program you will be far more effective in your career and your personal life for the rest of your life.
We are uniquely qualified to serve leaders in education, business, and the nonprofit sector because of Dave Ellis' experience as a classroom teacher, best selling textbook author, successful businessman, and CEO of a nonprofit.
When you participate fully in our curriculum and are candid about your strengths and current limitations and use all that we are offering, we promise that your life will never be the same.
When you consider the time and money that we are asking you to invest in this program, please remember our promise. Our promise is that as you fully participate in our program, your life and work will dramatically and permanently improve so much so that you describe this experience as one of the top five most influential experiences of your life. If you doubt that, please read and listen to the testimonials on the left. They are from some of the most prestigious educators and nonprofit leaders that we have assisted.
For 30 years we have focused on professional and personal development. Since 1990, we have also provided coach training, and for the last three years, we have emphasized leadership training. Now, we are putting all of this together and focusing on team and organizational development through individual transformation.
Please work with us if you want to move yourself and the people in your organization to more effective communication, increased innovation, greater self-expression, higher productivity, less gossip, less blaming, more fun, greater accountability, increased integrity, less stress, and continual celebration.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2006)
“So, he (Dave Ellis) is not an advisor. He's not telling you what to do. What I feel is that you have capacity within yourself, but you never test those buttons that you have. So he brings out your own capacity or you discover your own capacity. You become an explorer of yourself.” Read his entire testimonial.
Our entire curriculum consists of three phases that each include: one-on-one coaching; a three-day workshop; materials to read, watch, and listen to; mentoring; and group conference calls.
While you are enrolled in this program, you will have access to:
“Without my coach, I doubt I would have accomplished many of my most significant achievements this year.” Read her entire testimonial.
We are so committed to this curriculum being effective for you, that if we determine during the program that you do not have the time or interest to participate fully, we reserve the right to remove you and refund your money based on the number of months that you have participated.
Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Former President & CEO
“The Dave Ellis Leadership Training and coaching has positively affected my leadership capacity. I have attended Dave's workshops and received one-on-one coaching from one of his executive life coaches. I have drawn from all of that and incorporated it into my day-to-day work.” Read her entire testimonial.
“I highly recommend taking Dave Ellis' workshops or hiring Dave as a speaker. I really love the engagement, the self-awareness, and the aha's that I and all the other participants were having.” Read his entire testimonial.
Our workshops can be part of an ongoing leadership training where we are developing teams. The workshops can also be taken independently of our curriculum. Contact us for more information.
One, two, or three-day workshops can be customized from the following offerings and delivered at your location. For details about timing and pricing, please contact us.
Emeritus Executive Director
“Dave Ellis' teaching has been profoundly useful to me as a leader and as a human being. Through my work with Dave, I was inspired to do the impossible, to set large goals which I had no idea how to achieve, and then to actually find ways to create the desired results..” Read his entire testimonial.
The material for the workshops comes from the books Falling Awake and Life Coaching by Dave Ellis. The Falling Awake Workshop is important to team building and professional development because of its focus on improving the quality of each individual's life. Successful individuals are successful leaders. It is difficult to coach, assist, or lead others unless our lives are basically fulfilled, balanced, and healthy. Some professionals challenge our approach of starting with life skills, but we believe that until you “fill yourself up” it is difficult to “give yourself away.”
We notice that as soon as a leader or a coach improves one part of his life (personal or professional) it affects every aspect of his or her life.
More important than the topics covered in the workshops is the process of setting aside time to do your most creative thinking for three days away from the normal distractions of work and family. During this time you can focus on yourself, your leadership, your coaching, and your future.
Anne Lynam Goddard
President & CEO
“This workshop revived me. I'd never been in an event like this, where I knew no one else, and I could focus just on me. The training allowed me to let go of a lot of deep-seated grieving I had for human suffering that I had seen through my work. That was an incredible experience that I had never anticipated.” Read her entire testimonial.
Past President & CEO
“The leadership training had an incredible impact on me. I directly took the benefits and applied them to working with my staff, and that was quite successful.” Read her entire testimonial.
(We customize the agenda for each two or three-day workshop. Following is an example.)
President & CEO
“When I took this three-day leadership training with Dave Ellis, I was able to examine a number of leadership approaches that I was using in my work, refine them, and apply them in a way that was more directly linked to my own personal vision. That vision is a world where individuals are better off and human well-being is advanced.” Read his entire testimonial.
One of the ways to be involved with us is by hiring a coach. Professional athletes use coaches to help them improve and excel in their field. A coach can help you improve and excel in leadership skills.
Click here to listen to an interview with Dave Ellis and others about coaching.
Our coaches are trained to listen and then assist you to get exactly what you want. They can provide objective and valuable feedback that's very difficult to generate by yourself. Their work is confidential and can produce amazing results.
Coaching is a process whereby the coach assists the client to determine what he or she wants in all areas of work and life and to then develop realistic and multiple action plans to achieve those visions.
Generally the coach meets with clients three to five hours per month for six months or more to assist them to achieve what they want by discovering their passions and uncovering their genius.
By meeting with a coach, clients create and achieve goals in every area. This happens through frequent contact with the coach who serves as the client's full partner in their development.
Coaching is not just a collection of techniques. It's a form of relationship that's both confidential and life-changing. People usually reveal more to their coach than to friends, counselors, or even their spouse. Through this relationship, clients can move quickly from problems to solutions, from insights to action, from the status quo to completely new outcomes in their lives.
Coaches provide a service for leaders who are already basically happy and successful. Our coaches are committed to assisting their clients to experience a deep sense that they are free - free from their obligations, their limitations, their fears, and any other obstacles to realizing their full leadership potential, passion and brilliance.
Clients can expect the following benefits:
“I highly recommend the Leadership Workshops that Dave Ellis conducts. They have changed the way that I look at myself as a leader and the way that my co-workers respond to me as a leader. That exponentially makes things move far quicker and far better than anything that I've ever experienced. And my friends and co-workers also see a big difference.” Read her entire testimonial.
“I did the training with my wife. The question, ‘What is the life of your dreams?’ was a profound gift to both of us. We really created our life anew out of the training with lots of big changes related to where we live and how our work was structured.”
“The training really gave us permission to vision the life of our dreams. It was a big thrill, because it launched changes that have been so satisfying.” Read his entire testimonial.
Dave Ellis leads a powerful team of consultants and coaches who are committed to bring out the best in individuals and teams. As an organization we put our entire focus on serving you.
Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. His first book Becoming a Master Student, currently in its thirteenth edition, continues to be the best-selling college textbook in America for over 20 years. In addition to this book, he has authored and co-authored seven others including Life Coaching, Falling Awake, and Creating Your Future. He also wrote a booklet titled “Becoming a Master Teacher”.
Dave Ellis is a respected lecturer and workshop leader who has reached audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. He has coached national and international nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, an NBA coach, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Through his workshops and books, he has helped over five million people create a more wonderful life.
Dave got started in education in 1976 when he taught junior high school math. After getting a Masters Degree in Mathematics, he taught computer science for six years at National American University. He also served as Assistant Dean of Student Services and President of the college. In 1979 he designed a course to improve student retention and then traveled the country for a decade conducting workshops for teachers on ways to improve student retention and test scores. He began training coaches in 1983 and started a public course for coaches in 1993.
Dave has a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Psychology, a masters degree in Computer Science, work on a Ph.D. in Psychology, and an honorary Ph.D. in Naturopathic Philosophy.
Dave Ellis is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company that gives away all of its profits. He is founder and president of The Brande Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering individual and group coaching to nonprofit organizations. Dave has contributed millions of dollars to the work of his foundation and to other organizations.
Dave Ellis resides in the Bay Area with his wife Trisha. Together they have four daughters and two granddaughters.
Coaching and Consulting Staff
Susan Griffin Black
Co-Founder & CEO
“I highly recommend the trainings to anyone who's interested in living from their values and more from their heart. I'm deeply grateful for this work and for Dave.” Read her entire testimonial.
Breakthrough Enterprises, Inc.
Breakthrough Enterprises is a publishing and consulting company incorporated in 1981 in South Dakota. It provides life coaching, workshops, books, tapes and other materials to assist people to improve the quality of their lives. It is a for-profit company that donates all of its profits to The Brande Foundation.
The Brande Foundation
In 1987, Dave Ellis founded The Brande Foundation and endowed it with royalties from the sale of, “Becoming a Master Student.” This best-selling college textbook is designed to assist students to be successful in school and beyond. Ellis formed the foundation to sponsor projects and contribute money to a wide variety of local, state, national, and international organizations.
The purpose of the foundation is to promote life and aliveness on the planet in five basic areas including: 1) world sufficiency (adequate food, water, and shelter for all people); 2) environmental integrity (a healthy and sustainable ecosystem); 3) human rights; 4) world peace; and, 5) personal transformation (human effectiveness and education).
The projects of The Brande Foundation have included Native American education and leadership development, community health and education, bias awareness workshops, fundraising for micro credit lending, and eradicating poverty around the world.
Organizations that have been major recipients of funding have included CARE, OXFAM, United Way, Working Against Violence, Inc., Youth & Family Services, The Hunger Project, RESULTS Educational Fund, The Institute of Noetic Sciences, The Gorbachev Foundation, Pachamama Alliance, and Amnesty International.
Currently, the primary project of The Brande Foundation is to provide life coaching and workshops to leaders of large, national and international, nonprofit organizations. To find out more about the Brande Foundation, click here.
The Brande Foundation does not accept proposals from other nonprofit organizations or individuals since its long-term budget has already been set and is devoted to projects that it coordinates.
President & CEO
“Because of my experience with Dave Ellis' teachings, my husband certainly has noticed that I'm calmer, I'm happier, and that my impact on the world through my work is much greater than it has ever been before.”
“The passion and caring that Dave brings to this work are very evident in the content and its impact on participants. Many of Dave's teachings have made my life much happier and healthier. They've also made me a much better leader.”
“I'm more confident now, I stand up for myself more often, and my success is at the highest level of my career after over 30 years of leading not-for-profits.” Read her entire testimonial.
“Even though Dave's ideas are brilliant, what I most appreciate about his trainings is the focus on the participants' creativity and their own thinking.” Read his entire testimonial.
The following resources are only available to people that have gone through our programs. If you want temporary access to these services to test them, please contact us.
“Life coaching helps you look at the legacy you'll leave and how your life will impact people 500 years from now. It's a very remarkable process.” Read her entire testimonial.
Former President & Chairman
“It's certainly not psychotherapy, and it's not really counseling, but we talk about the kind of things you might discuss with a close family member or a friend. And my coach can be pretty dispassionate about it. I don't feel any constraint in talking to him because I don't know if I'll ever see him. It's sort of a neutral relationship and lends itself very well to the kind of anonymity that permits a very open discussion.” Read his entire testimonial.
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South Dakota Office
Breakthrough Enterprises, Inc.
Breakthrough Enterprises, Inc.
“Coaching is really about empowerment and win-win. What I really want to get at here is that I have learned about how to be even more impactful in the political area by adopting a policy of not functioning in an adversarial mode. It kind of sticks out in this particular milieu. We are willing to stand for something that's big enough so that everyone can see their way to participate. I think that many of our congressional victories over the last few years have occurred because we work with conservatives and liberals and middle of the road politicians for something that really serves all people.” Read her entire testimonial.