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Creating a Legacy for the Team, Management, and Leadership Program

Heather Gollyhorn
Team San Diego, Team 1, Quarter 4

Team San Diego is the possibility of “Passionate Partnership and Unstoppable Leadership with an outcome of Ever-Expanding Contribution”.

Interviewed and Written by Connie Chow from Team San Francisco – Team 1, Quarter 1

Valerie Paz was also on the call
San Diego Center’s TMLP Classroom Leader & Regional Performance Champion for India


What are you creating for Team San Diego and for the Team, Management, and Leadership Program?

I am passionate about expanding our Team in San Diego as well as TMLP worldwide. Currently we have a team of 6 – five Team 1 members and one Team 2 member. Going into the next weekend as we stand today, we will not have a Team 2 represented [1]. Instead of following the old model of merging, which by definition is to blend or cause to blend gradually into something else so as to become indistinguishable from it, which insinuates not ever going back to a separate team. Instead Team San Diego is creating with Team Orange County a strategic alliance. The benefits of us creating an alliance is to have Teams support Teams such that each team contributes to one another during this transitional process. In the end we are all ONE BIG TEAM. During this time Team San Diego would then have the opportunity to continue expanding as well as develop courses in the San Diego Center.

[1] For those who don’t know, Team 1 Quarter 4’s need to skip a quarter before they can join Team 2. So during the Atlanta quarter, Team San Diego would not have a Team 2 because their current Team 2 member is on Quarter 4.

What is not being said that you want brought forward?

I want TMLP to ask ourselves, “Why is the program declining?” Team members are dropping off. I want to look at that. I am in inquiry with my team around this question. When we are passionate about our lives and when it’s all working, we are sharing fanatics. When we stop sharing, life stops working. When integrity is out, nothing works. When we give our word and do not fulfill on it, the program ends! At the weekend, we create our quarter and life happens in between those weekends. I personally have to keep myself present to the accountability statement by Werner Erhard.

”With a promise, you create a condition that supports your commitment rather than your moods. When motivational dialogue comes up about your preference versus your commitments, and you disregard the dialogue in favor of doing what you said you would do, solely because you said so, you distinguish yourself from your psychology. In that moment, you are your word as an action, rather than only as an idea you have.”

I invite everyone to get GROUNDED in this accountability statement; it is so powerful! Give your word responsibly – do the critical thinking, then make a promise or not. There is power and freedom when you give your word and fulfill on it.

We have a little saying on Team San Diego, “It’s so selfish it works for everybody.” How can such a ground-breaking entrepreneurial program diminish?! Let’s be so selfish that we honor this program as it is designed to be delivered. When first quarters come out to be greeted, I see the next set of World Changers.  We are the future of world that works for everyone. We are all here to have our lives work, the future work, and the world work.  So let’s get to work, and have fun doing it!

What do you want Team San Diego be acknowledged for?

From a Performance Champion’s view, Team San Diego would like to be acknowledged for having the highest Registration-to-Participant ratio in the Western Region. We are ranked in the top 6 teams that are marginally effective in producing the Communications Curricula nationally. Let’s celebrate the huge accomplishment for Team San Diego!

What is the possibility you are creating for the Team, Management, and Leadership Program?

I am the possibility of being the voice for San Diego’s Team, Management, and Leadership Program, honoring the design of TMLP, and delivering lives fulfilled.

I accept the request to cause the growth and expansion of our team and also the growth and expansion of TMLP by more than doubling the attendance to 2000 people by 2016.

What do you believe is the access to this program ever-expanding?

I am in T1Q4 and have held EVERY accountability on team, some even twice. This quarter I am accountable for Game in the World and Landmark Forum. The opportunity and access for ever-expanding contribution worldwide is through our Games. I currently hold daily GITW calls where we expand our games so far beyond what we currently know, beyond the reaches that make an impact so far out there that we will never see the recipients. We ensure that the design of Game in the World is in the OTHERS to OTHERS domain. Team San Diego has taken on that we are the communication for which our Games in the World exist, but not as individuals. Then, and only then, do we gain access to teamwork and the domains of speaking and listening. I acknowledge my teammates for taking on this conversation fully with me. We, as a team of 6, are World Changers. Our GITW calls have now expanded to include Team Seattle. [3] It’s been such a contribution to have Team Seattle joining our GITW daily call. Thank you Sarah Mosley for creating Team and Teamwork that knows no boundaries.

[3] Program Manager and Center Manager approvals required to join.

What is your Game in the World?

Through my year of participation in TMLP, I created “My Year of Retirement” game. It demanded teamwork. Yes I am already an entrepreneur through and through, so why join TMLP? I was committed to replace myself within my own company! I will be fully retired from Rapid Results Bodywraps and living in a new city close to my family by December 1st, 2013. I can have it all! I won that game.

So what’s my new Game? I am creating another business called A Getaway Home that represents investors in the Acquisition, Interior Design/Staging, Management, and Advertising of vacation homes. I provide consulting and advising to help investors and board members understand their potential for revenue, equity growth, tax shelter advantages, hands-free management, and an opportunity to go PLAY at any home within the network.

The context for TMLP is an entrepreneurial program so many of us come in with the intention to expand our businesses. GREAT! So what I have created for myself and my Team is to take that conversation to another level by asking ourselves: “how does our business contribute to the world?” If we are contributing to everyone worldwide, the business will naturally expand because people are enrolled in what we’re doing. Business expansion becomes a natural byproduct of…something.

When I sat with this, it came to me – philanthropy. The most conventional modern definition is “private initiatives, for public good, focusing on quality of life“. Sounds like a GAME IN THE WORLD. 🙂

My game is the development of the philanthropic division of A Getaway Home! As a result of the philanthropic conversation, I have now created Veterans on Vacation, a program committed to connecting Wounded Veterans to Donated Vacation Home days. The intention of the program is to impact the suicide rate of our Veterans, which currently stands at 18 veterans a day. That is the largest travesty to happen on America Soil, in my opinion. Veterans on Vacation offers a space for families to reconnect and allow veterans to integrate back into the family dynamic in an environment filled with fun, family, and freedom. How does this happen? The owners of A Getaway Home donate 6 to 10 days per year in their vacation homes to a veteran and his/her family.

My Game is dedicated to my family – my son Tyler and two brothers (who are all active United States Coast Guards), my father (a Vietnam War Veteran), my ex-husband (a Desert Storm Veteran), both my grandfathers (who are retired Marine and Army members). I am touched and inspired to have my family involved and who they are creating themselves to be for others.

So, how is my game progressing after 6 weeks? There is an ROTC class of high school students creating our presence such that Veterans on Vacation is known across America. It is being created with the Marine Corp Trials (the Marine’s Wounded Warriors Olympics) to have the Veterans on Vacation program become an award to the winners in February 2014. I am also speaking with the USO on Oct 7th as one of the final measures to have this program adopted by a National Organization. I feel blessed that my game will live beyond me and the number of lives touched […Heather pauses…and then continues as her voice cracks] will be exponential. I am clear that if I remain the entity for which that game exists versus the communication (a conduit) for it to EXIST in the world, I will keep the game small! Letting this Game live so far out there that I will never know who I touch is my gift to the world.

Making Happiness Most Important

Anna Choi’s team game in the world in Landmark’s Team, Management and Leadership Program was to create a sustainable happiness economy, creating economic initiatives that create satisfaction rather than simply profit. Projects include building schools in Ethiopia that teach critical skills, and speaking at a 2012 TEDx conference. Watch below.

Healing Puget Sound

Jeanette Dorner continues her efforts to restore the watershed around Puget Sound so that salmon can continue to breed there. Her project started three years ago with ten rain gardens built to filter storm water that was polluting salmon streams, and has grown to over 600 rain gardens, with 12,000 more planned over the next six years. Her efforts, which include a variety of means to restore the watershed has been featured in national media, including The New York Times.

Creating Conversations for Healthy Habits

Bonnie Smith’s game that she created in Landmark Education’s Team, Management and Leadership Program involved putting together a team of people to promote healthy living, including a day of healthy habits seminars. Titled ‘Creating Conversations for Healthy Habits’, Smith’s game was inspired by her life experience losing weight and getting healthy – Smith is passionate about ending obesity and giving people the opportunity to live healthy lives.

Drawing on her own experiences with weight loss and wellness, Bonni Smith created a powerful project dedicated to creating healthy conversations during her first year in Landmark Education’s Team Management and Leadership Program (TMLP).  Working with a team of health coaches, Bonni coordinated with her local hospital to create a day of talks and demonstrations called Conversation for Healthy Habits with the goal to unite people in a conversation for good health and wellness.

Bonni shares, “as an obese child I felt alone and frustrated and didn’t feel I had the appropriate knowledge or resources to create balance in my life or a strong feeling of community to help me along the way. Conversation for Healthy Habits is a cooperation of people from different callings who are up to empowering each other as leaders and creating health and wellbeing for the community.”

Since the initial event, she continues to host weekly Habits of Health classes at the local hospital. Bonni continues to find new outlets for her program, including working with the Girl Scouts of America in Broward County, Florida. In fact, they have requested Conversation for Healthy Habits to be a part of the curriculum in alignment with Michelle Obama’s initiative to end childhood obesity. And she’s not stopping there! Bonni is committed to have Conversation for Healthy Habits a part of other communities. She is working with professional associations in human resources and the medical field to incorporate “lunch and learns” and is focusing on physician offices as a resource for the community to fight obesity and bring Conversation for Healthy Habits to everyone.

Bonni’s project was highlighted in a one minute video that she made and was presented with other videos of projects at a quarterly meeting of the TMLP. She’d never made a video before, but after watching some instructional videos on YouTube, Bonni reports, “I got that anything worth saying can be done in one minute, which taught me how to get to the point.”

Determined not to lose her new skills, she now creates videos for other people up to making a difference in health and wellbeing, including one for a funeral home that holds classes on bereavement and gratitude. This has fostered new partnerships and goodwill. Bonni shares, “it gets really exciting when the game goes viral. You just don’t know where your commitment is supposed to take you.”

As a result of the teams and communities she has created, Bonni has become a respected expert in her community and has stepped into several advisory boards that open up new avenues for Conversations for Health Habits. Her clients are continuing their healthy living conversations and some have even begun to coach people in their communities. In a nutshell, she is creating new communities and teams around what’s important in her life all the time.

“Teams are the only way to get something accomplished and I am clear from my Team training that it is never about me.  I am always grateful and acknowledge the people that show up in my life. So many things are opening up — it’s so outrageous and humbling —it’s as if the community was just waiting for me to do this.”

Possibility Press

Anuj Singhal, a participant in Landmark Education’s Team, Management and Leadership Program in Vancouver, has created a project to bring a new context of possibility to the media, going beyond what he was ever capable of doing himself.

Kitty Connect

Animal lovers, unite! Rebecca Godo, from Landmark Education’s Team Detroit, has created a game for all to play, be they animal lovers or animal not so much’ers. Everyone in the conversation is inspired by the genius of this game.

Rebecca loves animals and doesn’t relish the idea of any animals forced to survive out in the elements. “I want all animals to have permanent and loving homes. However, that can’t happen until we get the pet population under control.” Rebecca sees a far-reaching piece of her game as “Worldwide animal population control, with municipalities all working together. Pet population control then becomes one HUGE worldwide community effort.” Read more

Bringing Freedom and Ease to Dating

Out of her commitment to reduce arguments and divorce in families with children, psychotherapist Bryce Bronstein created the dating model, a game in the world she created out of taking part in New York’s Team, Management and Leadership Program. The project aims to keep relationships and dating distinct, and bring a new level of freedom and ease to dating for people.

The Elijah Initiative

This story is about The Elijah Initiative, Marcos Elizondo’s Game in the World that he created while taking part in Landmark Education’s Team, Management and Leadership Program.

“I take a small step. I walk to the front of the room. In this auditorium there are more than 800 people. The only thing I have with me is a dream in my heart. I share with the people that each day 4,500 children die on the planet from a lack of clean water to drink. And before these 800 people I declare that I am going to do something to stop this from happening. I tell them I do not know how I am going to do it, I do not know what will be required, and this is something I am standing for and going to change. Read more

Educating Caregivers about Baby Massage

First-time mother, Wendy Zalles, wanted her healthy six-month old son Levi, to be relaxed and peaceful as she was after having the benefit of a massage, so she brought him to Robert Toporek, author of The New Book of Baby and Child Massage. What Wendy discovered is that babies, experience stress as early as their first minutes of life, and they receive relief through the power of touch. Researchers are finding that daily infant massage may promote better sleeping, relieve colic, and even enhance the immune system, motor skills, and intellectual development.

Toporek is a Guest Seminar Leader for Landmark Education, an author and an advanced Rolfing Practitioner (a specific massage technique). Rolfing is a form of deep tissue bodywork that brings new alignment by releasing and reorganizing the connective tissue in relationship to gravity. As a result, people stand straighter, gain height, and move with ease. Read more

We’re Moving Again – A Hockey Player with Guardian Angel Impacts Brain Trauma Treatment

George Kraft should be dead.

Lucky for him he has a guardian angel. It doesn’t hurt that he has been playing hockey all his life – and hockey players are tough.

This is the story of George Kraft’s incredible life and how he is impacting the lives of brain trauma patients as a participant of Landmark Education’s Team Management and Leadership Program.

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“It was the wildest thing,” said George. “I heard a little whisper in my head. It said, ‘Put a key under the mat and tell your brother where it is.’” The voice was his guardian angel. “Someone was looking out for me and saved my life.”

A few days later George didn’t show up for work. His coworker, Nancy, knew something must be wrong. George was never late for work, and if he thought he’d even be 5 minutes late, he’d call. Nancy called George’s brother that Tuesday morning.

His brother went right over and found the key under the mat, just where George told him to look a few days earlier. He unlocked the door and found George lying on the floor of his bedroom, unconscious.

George was rushed to the hospital, where it was determined he had a brain aneurism. He was born with a congenital defect – there was a weak spot where two veins meet in his brain.

“When my blood pressure got high enough it just went boom. Picture a fire hydrant going loose,” George said.

The doctors performed an emergency craniotomy. They cut out a piece of George’s skull the size of the back of his hand to repair the ruptured blood vessels.

The diagnosis was not good. In fact, the doctors didn’t expect George to live. At one point there were 14 tubes coming out of his head and his body swelled up so much he looked like the Michelin Man. He was in a coma for weeks.

“When I woke up, they were taking staples out of my stomach,” George said. That was Sunday, January 30, 2005.

The last thing George remembers was coming home from Steak & Shake after coaching his hockey team on Monday night. He had just begun taking blood pressure medicine and he was feeling really fatigued before the game. So he chose not to skate that night, and instead just coached from the bench.

That should have been a sign that something was seriously wrong. Looking at the 6’-1’’, 215-pound defenseman, you would not have guessed he was 41. He could skate every minute of the 45-minute game (three 15-minute periods) without missing a shift. Professional hockey players average less than 30 seconds of ice time per shift and are usually on the ice for only about a third of the game.

When George awoke in the hospital, he found out that he was paralyzed on his entire left side. He needed to use a wheel chair to get around. He had a hole in his head where the piece of his skull was removed that felt to the touch like he was pressing on a water balloon. It would be seven months before it was replaced.

Being bedridden, George needed a urinal and bedpan, which is not comfortable or easy to use. “I prayed to God, Please let me at some point walk to the bathroom again.”

In July, seven months after the aneurism, George was discharged from the hospital to a nursing home, where he stayed until October.

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George is currently in his second quarter of Team 2. He first participated in the Landmark Forum in 2003. In May and June of 2008 he took the “Communications Access to Power” and “Power to Create” courses and immediately joined the “Team Management and Leadership Program” in August.

Originally his Game in the World was to return to his practice as a Chiropractor. George had made an arrangement to join another Chiropractor, but in April 2009, she told him she had to move her office and she didn’t have room for him in the new space. “It was no fault of hers, but still very disappointing,” he said.

Having the distinctions of the communications curriculum, George was able to be with any communication. Had it not been for being part of TMLP, “I probably would have looked for a position somewhere else,” he said. “As a chiropractor with only one functioning hand, chances would have been very limited.”

That’s when George decided to create a Constraint Induced (CI) Therapy Unit at Belleville Memorial Hospital where he was receiving treatment. “I would have never seen the possibility had it not been for Team,” said George.

CI uses what’s called brain plasticity, the remolding of your brain to bring about change. It helps people with brain injuries get back the motor functions they have lost. Essentially it’s retraining the brain to send the signals to operate muscles. Dr. Edward Taub founded the therapy and has a clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Patients must qualify for the treatment by sending a personal video demonstrating they are able to do all the exercises required in the therapy. After a year on a wait list, George was accepted to the program. In the fall of 2008, George went to Alabama to work on the use of his left leg. Three weeks later his walking strength increased by 40 percent.

“This treatment is over 95 percent effective, which is amazing for physical therapy,” George said.

During his treatment in Alabama, George had a 45-minute conversation with Dr. Taub about the possibility of starting a CI Therapy unit like Taub’s in the St. Louis area.

“He looked at me like I was half crazy and wished me luck.”

Six months after the arrangement to return to his chiropractic practice had fallen through George approached Belleville Memorial, located in Illinois 30 miles east of St. Louis, about the idea of opening a CI Therapy Unit.

“I used the distinctions of the communications courses to acknowledge the Director of Rehabilitation, Mike Tuckey and the entire staff at Belleville Memorial for their teamwork,” said George. “I enrolled others in my vision. I proposed we get the occupational therapists trained in CI inside the rehab unit.”

Tuckey realized the benefit this would have for his unit and the patients in it. He saw that it could set Belleville Memorial apart from other rehab centers.

Together, Tuckey and George enrolled John Kessler, the Vice President of the Rehabilitation Division, in the possibility of the new unit. The timing was perfect. Belleville just broke ground on a $200 million Rehabilitation Building that will be state of the art in the St. Louis area.

Kessler was so receptive, the hospital has committed to sending six occupational therapists to Birmingham in November for the next training session. Two of those therapists are part of George’s Game in the World Team. Heidi Haskins, Belleville’s lead Occupational Therapist, who worked with George during his rehabilitation, and Marie Matthews, the technician in charge of the Occupational Therapy unit, were both instrumental in convincing Tuckey to create a CI unit.

George expects to be working in the unit in about a year. “Patients with brain injuries need a chiropractor to help reintegrate the brain,” he said.

George Kraft has been on an incredible journey the past five years. Through all the time he has spent in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation he never lost his old defenseman’s mentality or gritty toughness. “I made up my mind that there are some things I can’t do, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do what I want to do,” said George.

15 years ago George Kraft feels he was called to serve others, which led him to become a chiropractor. Now he is using his own rehabilitation from a brain aneurism as the inspiration to help others have the life they want.

“The distinctions of Landmark’s training basically gave me the insight and drive to keep going,” said George. “I know this is something I can accomplish.”

written by Steve Schapiro and edited by Shash Broxson


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