Author Archives: Ken Anbender

About Ken Anbender

Kenneth Anbender Ph.D. has spent the last 50 years working with more than a hundred thousand people directly on the principles and methods that support the fulfillment of a human life — in community and at work. He has developed a body of work that is licensable called The Contegrity Approach.

Honor in Development

Feel free to read the title in all its variations in meaning. There is honor in development. One can be in development regarding honor. One can have honor with respect to development. I recommend all three. Here is what I … Continue reading

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You Can Lead A Horse To Development, but….

I recently received an email from a friend that contained the quip, “You can lead a person to knowledge, but you can’t make them think.” It had a picture of a horse staring back at the reader, head held high but … Continue reading

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All Issues are Time Issues

Issues and difficulties can look like they are circumstantial, or personal, or competence- or action-based (not enough results, not enough money, not enough people or talent, etc.) Addressing them as such will get you in trouble — not the kind … Continue reading

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Basics of a Developmental Partnership

This is a tricky topic. My intent is to sketch out a sound relational basis for being in development with someone, or for offering development to someone. What makes outlining a proper relation in that area tricky is that a true … Continue reading

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Solve the Simple, Transition the Complex

If it’s simple, just solve the problem. If it’s complex, transition. Whatever you do, don’t solve a transition as if it was merely a simple problem. What does all this mean? If the situation, issue or crisis before you: is … Continue reading

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Sufi Story — The Storied Illusion of a Path

There was once a person who was so very willing to learn. They felt sure that this willingness to learn would be sufficient to making their way through life. In fact, their willingness to learn was so strong, that its very … Continue reading

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Always and Only One Developmental Theme Up

This post ought to be fairly short. Its length is out of proportion to its importance. If pressed I would say that this is the heart of the matter of development, and it is rarely well done. The title is more … Continue reading

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Appropriate Response to Well-Timed Disruption — Thank You

Disruption has a general reputation that it does not deserve. It is often held as an irritant, a faux pas, an attack, an undermine, oneupsmanship, and so on. It has this reputation because people do not do it well enough, … Continue reading

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Lights, Camera, Action…Action…Action…Action (ad Nauseum)

Having enjoyed writing the last three “Sufi stories”, I thought another might be in order. This one concerns the bias — ne’ the addiction — to action in our prevailing culture, both in our lives and at work. This addiction … Continue reading

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Three Sufi Stories Regarding Development

I once made up a “Sufi story” (a teaching story with a twist) in a conversation a number of years ago with a brilliant man and teacher who had two PhDs and had studied time for 50 years. My intent was to show … Continue reading

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