spirit and joy in worklife
Gale Leadership Development LLC is a company whose orientation is developmental: that is to say, we are committed that the more you develop people, the more there is an increase in their power and, ultimately, the power of their own organization or business, or work. And, the more development lives as a foundation of the culture of an organization, the more people are empowered in their everyday work life and contribute to the business.
inspiration from wisdom
"The attainment of wholeness requires one to stake one’s whole being. Nothing less will do; there can be no easier conditions, no substitutes, no compromises."C.G. Jung
"How do I listen?Hafiz
How do I listen to others?
As if everyone were my Master speaking to me his cherished last words"
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly"Richard Bach
"Don’t ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."Howard Thurman
"What lies behind us And what lies before us Are tiny matters Compared to What lies within us."Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Integrity is the ability to listen to a place inside oneself that doesn’t change, even though the life that carries it may change."Rabbi Jonothan Omer-Man
"You pay profound attention, profound things can happen."David Whyte, in a lecture at Benaroya Hall, 2005
"To truly listen is to risk being changed forever."Sa’’k’ej Henderson
"What I want is to leap out of this personality and then sit apart from that leaping; I've lived too long where I can be reached."Rumi
"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world."Arthur Schopenhauer
"Enlightenment is intimacy with all things."Jack Kornfield
"The way to know me is my work; I am my work."Mother Theresa
“Work, after all, at its best, is one of the great human gateways to the eternal and the timeless.”David Whyte
"My first introduction to the work Amba provides was June of 1988. I was a Hewlett-Packard general manager responsible for closing down Hewlett-Packard's bipolar IC shop in Santa Clara, California. The situation at this time centered around 180 people feeling an incredible loss and anger over something they had worked very hard to preserve. These people were restricted to their jobs and not allowed to transfer. In addition, orders for the product they produced doubled in quantity yet we remained on a two year closing schedule. We needed help in focusing our energy on achieving more than four times the productivity the organization had achieved in the past. We needed dramatic change quickly. The 20 Santa Clara managers were introduced to the work Amba provides. This work opened large areas of possibility for doing our job in a far more productive way without working harder...
"Participating in one of Amba's classes is unlike any other experience I have had in the past. Her intuitive ability to understand others creates a safe space for people to share who they are.
We have collaborated with Amba Gale since the mid 1990’s; and that relationship has made a fundamental impact on our business. As a small company, we believe our success depends on the development of our greatest resource - our people – and their ability to lead. Through her courses we have learned that authentic leadership begins with personal awareness and resonates from the inside/out. Creating a trusting environment that allows people to fully be themselves in search of what matters most is an invaluable life experience. We feel her programs are among the best investments we can make...
I shy away from having group discussion about the camaraderie, shared passion, teamwork, basically the great event that took place over the past 18 months because it gets me so emotional. I think we were living it so deeply it attached my deepest emotions to the passion that was shared by all involved. I know I'm supposed to be a figure of strength, guidance, drive, and calmness but I truly get choked up each and every time we talk about the project team and how well we worked together towards a shared goal and how we had each other's interests at heart. Thank you for aligning our companies and making this a truly fantastic event. You asked for some feedback regarding how your work with Abbott, and me personally, has impacted us.
From the perspective of your work with the company, the investment in time and money has brought returns in...
"Amba's contribution to Parametrix has had a profound effect on people's personal and professional lives. Thanks to Amba, the firm now has a powerful vision to guide us strategically into the future. We have embarked on a journey to identify our core values and set into motion incentives to ensure we live the core values .
For those of us that have participated in the program Amba conducted for us, partnerships have resulted throughout the company built on trust respect, appreciation and meaningful communication.
For me personally, Amba has inspired my courage to explore opportunities, confront issues and risk change - both personally and professionally. Amba's common sense approaches have awakened my soul and allowed me...
“I was skeptical about the forewarning of going back into the real world. ‘How bad could it be?’ I wondered. But the pace of life and the amount of unexpected stuff that is thrown at you can be overwhelming. To use a baseball analogy, facing a barrage of fastballs, curveballs, sliders and knuckleheads, ah knuckleballs is a nightmare, particularly for an ill-equipped hitter. And without the tutelage of a professional hitting instructor the career of a position player is over. I realized that I had been going through life swinging haphazardly at life’s pitches without the skills and understanding of the universe’s all-star pitcher’s stuff! And good stuff he has! It’s exciting to have new tools to enjoy playing in the big game.
As a result of attending and participating in HOL I feel more confident in my interactions at work and at home. It saddens me to think of a lifetime of conversations where I was not fully...
"As a result of my work with you, the power of my work with people has increased tremendously. I now give myself permission to make much more of myself and my experience available to people, and I've stopped holding back out of various considerations. My work has become more empowering and more focused on commitment. I derive much more satisfaction from work and am happier, so everyone in my personal life has benefited as well. At the material level, my income has virtually doubled. Best of all, I feel that at last I am actually living my commitment to making a difference in this world every day." "I've developed my comfort and ability to be in relationships with others from my most intimate others to the most casual. I've uncovered a process for unfolding my life and moving toward my personal vision and my dreams. That is now grounded in a series of commitments statements of promises and pledges...
Working with Amba has been both a personal and professional transformational journey. It is without a doubt, the greatest gift I have given to myself and to my team.
She has provided in both her course work and her supernatural ability to quickly reach the heart of the matter, an environment that contributes to the ongoing leadership development of my company and a deepening of our culture and values. In addition, my awareness around my own leadership is heightened and contributed to in working with Amba through personal growth, accountability and an understanding of who I am, who I work to become and the endless possibility my life holds.
Amba’s message is beautifully simple: true leadership begins within each of us. When this message is grasped and truly understood, lives are transformed and in turn, the...