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Top 10 CPL Videos of 2010: Harvard University Kennedy School of Leadership:The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School of Government dedicates itself to promoting excellence in leadership education and research.  At the heart of CPL’s mission is the enhancement of leadership teaching and research. By creating opportunities for reflection and discovery for students, scholars, and practitioners from different disciplines, sectors, cultures, and nations, CPL promotes a dynamic exchange of ideas. It is equally committed to bridging the gap between leadership theory and practice.Since 2008, they have posted their videos—including archived footage from a decade of leadership events, speeches, and interviews— on their YouTube channel.   With 21,763 views, Werner Erhard‘s lecture on his latest work: “Why We Do What We Do: A New Model Providing Actionable Access to the Source of Performance,” was the second most watched video in 2010. -  Top Ten CPL Videos of 2010

Werner Erhard at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER): "The seemingly never ending scandals in the world of finance with their damaging effects on value and human welfare (that continue unabated in spite of all the various efforts to curtail the behavior that results in those scandals) argues strongly for an addition to the current paradigm of financial economics. We summarize here our new theory of integrity that reveals integrity as a purely positive phenomenon with no normative aspects whatsoever. Adding integrity as a positive phenomenon to the paradigm of financial economics provides actionable access (rather than mere explanation with no access) to the source of the behavior that has resulted in those damaging effects on value and human welfare, thereby significantly reducing that behavior. More generally we argue that this addition to the paradigm of financial economics can create significant increases in economic efficiency and productivity."

Sands Leadership Lecture Series, University of Rochester, Simon School of Business: In this presentation, "Professor Michael Jensen and Werner Erhard, two extraordinary thinkers, engage in a conversation that explores groundbreaking access to being a leader and to the effective exercise of leadership as one’s natural self-expression." ... "The intent of the Sands Leadership Lecture Series is to advance the science and teaching of leadership at Simon. By stimulating thought, we seek to build the Simon School's reputation as a business school that teaches people how to think about real-world problems in creative, penetrating, and impactful ways.

The Choice is Yours – Being Responsible for Your Own Life: "Critical thinker Werner Erhard’s pioneering ideas are stimulating academic conversations in leadership and integrity.  Erhard believes that everyone has to be given the opportunity to be responsible for your own circumstances."

Werner Erhard Quote: "When you forgive yourself for something, you have to create the space for that thing to exist. For whatever you resist, and fail to make space for, will indeed manifest itself in you.”

Werner Erhard Video: Ideas in Conversation, Opening an Iquiry that Elicits Critical Thinking

Werner Erhard: The Customer and Leadership Blog Posts, Maz Iqbal

Unlocking Organizational Magic Through Effective Leadership: Customer Think Advisor Maz Iqbal writes, "I invite you to listen to the following words of wisdom from a master of insight into the ‘human condition’: 'I could always tell when an organization was in good shape. I could tell because the manager of the organization would always be talking about how great the people in the organization were. If the manager was talking about anything other than how great people in the organization were, I knew that the organization was in bad shape. The way to manage an organization successfully is to manage it in such a way that you can be proud of the people with whom you are working. You have to find a way to interact with the people with whom you are working in a way that makes you proud of them.'" – Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard: The History of Coaching and Its Development: Werner Erhard might be the single most influential person in the founding of the life coaching industry, not necessarily because he started the idea of coaching but because he started a movement which influenced many important names in coaching’s history.

Werner Erhard: Business, Management, and Humanitartian Leader

Werner Erhard and the est Training in film, "It Was Never Like This Before": In 1983, Bill Jersey and Jim Belson made a film about EST, Erhard Seminar Training, a program run by Werner H. Erhard... Mr. Jersey says a big factor in the film was the contribution of Mr. Belson, who spent a lot of time talking with Mr. Erhard about philosophy.  ”What that showed to us was that Erhard was really serious about understanding philosophy and its implications,” Mr. Jersey says. “Whatever else might be said about him he took his work seriously. And you see in the film the results of that serious undertaking.

Simply Ontological: Werner Erhard, The Heart of The Matter.

The Definition of Keeping Your Word:..."I learned this through studying the work of Werner Erhard, for which I will be ever grateful. His ideas have increased the workability and joyful ease in my life".

Disappearing Act ~ A Mother's Journey to the Underground: Memoir of a mother with a difficult future, attempting to find a safe home for her son.

The Telegraph: In the article, The Man Who Proved Stephan Hawking Wrong, the author writes that Erhard is a critical thinker who presided over meetings of some of the world’s greatest physicists.

Werner Erhard Video: Ideas in Conversation - Videos with Werner Erhard and critical thinkers of our time that open an inquiry to elicit creative thinking.

Werner Erhard Interviews Alice Cahana: World Renowned Artist who celebrates life inside of the holocaust experience discusses creativity with Werner Erhard in this video from the Saturday Satellite Seminar Series that took place in the 1980's.

Werner Erhard Foundation History: The Werner Erhard Foundation, was established in a time of transformation and transition. Old values, ideals, and beliefs were being challenged; new ideas and insights, new ways of seeing old problems, and new solutions were coming into view. Historians will likely view this period as an era of profound change, a time when human beings discarded old limits, explored new visions, and embraced new realities.

USAFA Creating Leaders: Mastering the Fundamentals and Effective Delivery of the course "Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological Model"

Werner Erhard: Integrity: Where Leadership Begins - A New Model of Integrity. Presented at the Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, MA, May 10, 2007.

Werner Erhard Interviews Financial Journalist Andrew Tobias:

Werner Erhard Interviews Robert Reich: Exercising Creative Leadership in Society

Werner Erhard's Work in Northern Ireland: Werner Erhard developed the Ireland Initiative for the Mastery Foundation in 1999 in collaboration with Peter Block as a three-day conference to bring together a broad base of community leaders already working on peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. In addition to Northern Ireland The Mastery Foundation continues to lead this course in places where religious differences are a source of conflict.

Lunch with the FT: Werner Erhard, by Lucy Kellaway, Werner Erhard and Michael Jensen look an unlikely pairing but their leadership teaching fits into a broad stream of business education and research about ethics and integrity.

Barbados Group for Development of a New Paradigm for Performance Research Paper Series: This abstracting journal posts the work of the members of The Barbados Group, an international, self-selected group of scholars, consultants and practitioners whose intention is to create a New Paradigm of Performance, the working name for which is The Ontological Foundations of Performance. This new paradigm is based on the fundamental proposition that the performance of an individual, group or organization is a correlate of the way the world in which and on which that entity is performing "occurs" for that entity. Our new paradigm also offers access to this "occurring" through a specific use of a distinct aspect of language.

Werner Erhard - On Taking Action: “It is important that you get clear for yourself that your only access to impacting life is action. The world does not care what you intend, how committed you are, how you feel or what you think, and certainly it has no interest in what you want and don’t want. Take a look at life as it is lived and see for yourself that the world only moves for you when you act.” - quote by Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard in India: Werner Erhard delivered public lectures for over two thousand people in New Delhi and in Mumbai in November 2010.

Friends of Werner Erhard: Comprehensive website full of information about Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard: Archives and historical writings, as well as the current work of Werner Erhard. Werner Erhard is a critical thinker with ideas that have transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world.  He is the creator of innovative ideas and models of transformation.  Werner Erhard's work has been the source of new perspectives for academics and practitioners in fields ranging from business to education, from philosophy to medicine, and psychotherapy to community building.

Landmark: The best place to participate in the work that Werner Erhard created

Erhard Seminars Training: Reminisce with others about a unique time in our culture and about the est Training that continues to impact our lives everyday.

Werner Erhard and est: a collection of writings, photos, and videos about est

Werner Erhard Foundation:The Werner Erhard Foundation brought together individuals from around the world to contribute to and participate in ground-breaking work in the area of human achievement and transformation.

Werner Erhard: Werner Erhard's life is best understood through his work and ideas. This site features writings and interviews by and about Werner Erhard.

Interviews With Werner Erhard: Topics include: "Aspects of the est Training and Transpersonal Psychology", "Do our current paradigms strangle our productive capacities?" and “What is is and what isn’t isn’t,”

Werner Erhard: Youtube Channel - A collection of Videos about Werner Erhard, the est Training, and Werner Erhard's work.

Werner Erhard: A Way To Transformation:"Talking about transformation is no more than a representation, an image of the real thing.  It’s like eating the menu instead of the steak – neither nurturing nor profound.  It is in being transformed – in being authentically true to oneself – that one lives passionately free, unencumbered, fearless, committed.  It is in living life in a transformed way that the steak and its sizzle show up."

Michael Jensen’s and Werner Erhard’s Talk on Integrity : In Harvard Law School’s Seminar in Law, Economics, and Organization, Professor Michael Jensen and Werner Erhard presented a paper on integrity that they co-authored with Steve Zaffron.

Werner Erhard: on Selfgrowth.com

Where Werner Erhard’s Ideas Come From: Having introduced the breakthrough notion of “transformation” to the general public over 35 years ago, Werner Erhard’s ideas about transformation subsequently came to be seen as a powerful, practical, and relevant resource in contemporary society.

Werner Erhard: The Transformation of a Man, The Founding of est: This book is a study of the evolution of Werner Erhard's thinking, and provides a wealth of information on the sources that Erhard drew on in creating the "est" training.

Huffington Post Quotes Werner Erhard: “You can either have reasons or results”

est: Making Life Work: In this post Vikki Brock discusses the link between many of coaching’s pioneers with the est training. The book est: Making Life Work by Robert A. Hargrove takes a look at the est training. Initially Hargrove and his staff took the est training so that they could develop a common language and basis of experience through which they could communicate with each other. Hargrove describes that the “purpose of the est training is to transform your ability to experience living, so that the situations you have been trying to change or have been putting up with clear up just in the process of life itself.”

Quotations from Werner Erhard:View wonderful Images and meaningful quotations at this site, such as, "You and I want our lives to matter. We want our lives to make a real difference, to be of genuine consequence in the world. We know that there is no satisfaction in merely going through the motions, even if those motions make us successful, or even if we have arranged to make those motions pleasant. We want to know we have made some impact on the world. In fact, you and I want to contribute to the quality of life. We want to make the world work." - Werner Erhard

Interview with Werner Erhard: “You Don’t Alter What You Know, You Alter the Way You Know It: A Conversation with Werner Erhard about The est Training, Philosophy, ‘Enlightenment,’ Authoritarianism and Legitimate Authority, Arrogance, Leadership and Vision”, The Network Review, Northeast Edition, Volume 1, Number 4, September 1983.

Then and Now at est: The early days of The est Training: In this article from the January 1977 Graduate Review, John McMillen and Gary Clarke talk with four people who participated with Werner Erhard in the beginning days of The est Training; Gonneke Spits, Laurel Scheaf, Jack Rafferty and Rick Aikman

Werner Erhard Foundation Collection: a collection of articles on the history and influence of the Werner Erhard Foundation

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge: Introductory Reading For Being a Leader and The Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model - "Effective leadership does not come from mere knowledge about what successful leaders do; or from trying to emulate the characteristics or styles of noteworthy leaders; or from trying to remember and follow the steps, tips, or techniques from books or coaching on leadership. And it certainly does not come from merely being in a leadership position or in a position of authority or having decision rights."

Werner Erhard Speaks about Performance:What is distinct about what human beings are saying and what they are doing? Why do we not live the life we want to live? What causes performance of the individual? This talk sheds insight on these questions and more.

est: Communication in a Context of Compassion: "a contextual shift from a state in which the content of your life is organized around the attempt to get satisfied or to survive - to an experience of being satisfied, right now, and organizing the content of your life as an expression, manifestation, and sharing of the experience of being satisfied, of being whole and complete, Now." - about the est training



William Warren Bartley III: Werner Erhard The Transformation of a Man: The Founding of est

Jane Self, Ph.d:60 Minutes and the Assassination of Werner Erhard


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