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Empowering Transformative workshop for embracing & catalysing breakthrough change experience

Guided by specially trained facilitators, this highly experiential process is an adventure in human interaction, where participants identify obstacles to deeper levels of communication. They are exposed to the principles of Community in an intensely personal way and connect with others in a richer and more authentic manner than they are likely to have experienced in the past. Corporate executives have called Community Building the next generation of team building”. 

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By attending you will experience

  • Breaking down silos and promoting real and healthy collaborations
  • Enhancing leadership development, team building, employee engagement, and cultural competency programs
  • Building trust and relationships with people from diverse parts of the community who rarely interact
  • „Moving past superficial communications and interactions
  • „Ways to comunicate with authenticity
  • „Creating an environment of mutual trust and respect
  • „Deal with difficult issues
  • „Bridge differences with integrity
  • „Stretch limits to handle ambiguity
  • „Handling the tension of holding on and letting go 
  • „Empower others
  • „Reengaging burned out or resistant staff
  • „Advance civility in public and private discourse
  • „Motivating mistrusting clients
Human service providers recognize it is highly compatible with evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Restorative Justice, and Trauma Informed Care. Leaders call the process as a group contemplative or mindfulness training.

Leaders call it “transformative” and “life-changing.”

Who is the workshop for?

Anyone, really. But most often its being attended and appreciated by:

  • Managers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • and Coaches.

as well as by Team Leaders, Facilitators, Counsellors, Therapists, Spiritual Practitioners and others who are interested in Personal Development.

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“Community Building was used to help bring about some significant culture changes in the working environment of the company. At the time, Dalen was experiencing tremendous growth that was forcing organizational changes. Through management retreats, team building, and Community Building experiences… we worked to bring about some dramatic organizational and cultural change.”

David Caldwell, CEO, Dalen Products, Inc.
“Community Building has completely changed the culture of our organization on every level. We now have a common language to use when communicating. Interruptions and assumptions have been replaced by deep listening and empathy. Our team has become more honest and expressive with one another, allowing for increased productivity and an improved morale. Employees have stated that Community Building has changed their lives; I know it has definitely changed mine. We are committed to offering the CBW experience to all of our employees and embedding the CBW principles into our operational structure.”
Dawn Barnett, Co-Executive Director, Running Rebels
“I have experienced the power and potential of Community Building after participating in a Community Building Workshop with Edward Groody. His supportive facilitating style was able to shift the group to much deeper levels of relationships and create bonds that have had a lasting impact on my life. I recommend the Community Building Workshop to anyone who is searching for authenticity in their lives and success in their organization or business.”
John Pehrson, Manager, DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware
“I have found Community Building to be an experience that can offer an opportunity to learn what it means to be everything we are as individuals in the deepest part of ourselves and, at the same time, to encourage and inform what it means to be a responsible member of the various societies, groups or families to which we belong. It’s been invaluable.”
Kyle Lehning, multiple Grammy award-winning record producer

Facilitator team and organisation

EDWARD GROODY serves as President and Board Chair of CBI. He is President of Ed Groody & Associates, Inc., an organization development-consulting firm. He and his team of consultants have been helping companies get exceptional results and create a Spirit of Community in the workplace since 2001. Edward specializes in helping leaders implement change in a way that engages and honors people. He has facilitated highly successful financial and cultural turnarounds in a variety of industries and corporate settings. Prior to starting Ed Groody & Associates, Inc. he served as Director of Organization Development with Covenant Health, a large health care system serving East Tennessee. Edward is one of a handful of individuals to train and work with M. Scott Peck, M.D., bestselling author of The Road Less Traveled and developer of the innovative group and team-building process called Community Building. Edward was also a part of the leadership group that organized and facilitated the first men’s conferences with renowned poet and author Robert Bly in Minnesota in the 80s and 90s. Edward is a longtime student of contemplative practices. In addition to his full-time consulting work, he leads Poetry Divina, Community Building, meditation/centering prayer and other contemplative workshops for retreat centers, universities, nonprofits, businesses, and religious groups.
TIM DEMPSEY serves as Executive Director of CBI. Tim began his career living with released prisoners in a network of halfway houses between his undergraduate and graduate studies. He has since devoted 25 years to operating highly successful social-sector prison reentry programs, which focus on employment and rely on both the principles of Community and the practice of Community Building for their comparative advantage. As part of his MBA, he established one of the nation’s first alternative staffing programs exclusively for returning prisoners, which both extended the mission of the organization he was running and contributed 30% of its budget.

Jan Palencar serves as Executive Director for CBI in Prague, Czech Republic.He is responsible for business development and operations of Czech CBIIn 2015, he was introduced to community building and thanks to personal breakthrough experience he believes this process is an effective group development method. Jan specializes in Agile & Lean transformations in IT business domainand delivers his services as an agile coach & scrum master. Thanks to community building facilitation experience he can enable a team and its members to experience a sense of unusual safety with one another; and build high performing teams. If you have any questions about the seminar reach out to him at jan.palencar@gmail.com.

Steering committee

Milan Bobek
Psychologist, therapist, author of self-development books. Consultant, lecturer, university lecturer, project manager, accredited coach and supervisor.

He deals with the methodology of adult education and personality development, work with the group, advises on optimizing business processes and increasing productivity, introduction of HRD systems, long-term training in coaching and effective working with people, and seminars of holistic personal development.

He is a co-owner and manager of the FBE Prague Educational and Consulting Company, s.r.o. and teaching subjects influencing personality development at the NEWTON College of Management and Psychology in Prague and Brno.

Milan is cofounding member of the Czech Association of Coaches and an accredited coach – supervisor of the 3rd degree.

Jan Palencar
Jan’s gift is in creating an environment of mutual trust & respect, personal & team commitment which are prerequisites for high performing teams in any business domain.
Jan specializes in Agile & Lean transformations in IT business domain and delivers his services. He currently acts as an Agile Coach & Scrum Master for one of the Research & Development departments of 30 people in a corporate company with bottom-up led agile transformation. Jan has great experience with Lean Startup (Socialbakers), Scrum, Kanban & Agile philosophies and frameworks.

Since 2017 he also serves as an Executive Director & Founder of CBI Czech Republic. In 2015, he was introduced to community building and work of Dr. M. Scott Peck. Thanks to personal breakthrough experience he believes this process is an effective group development method.

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