Joel & Michelle Levey
Joel & Michelle Levey are founders of Wisdom at Work, a Seattle-based firm dedicated to developing and renewing organizational cultures and communities in which extra-ordinary levels of inspired leadership, cooperation, synergy, collective intelligence, and change resilience can thrive.
Many people find it helpful to work with us in a more intensive and individualized manner to explore paths of personal or professional development and transition.
Increasing our capacity to thrive in volatile, uncertain, chaotic, ambiguous times…
Our Mental Fitness Training protocols are informed by decades of intensive practice study, and research of extraordinary human performance – including Mind Fitness Coaching for Olympic Gold athletes, Google’s Mindfulness and Mind Fitness Laboratory, and an advanced Biocybernautic “Jedi Warrior” mindbody training for the U.S. Army’s Special Forces.
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Sampling of Programs
Examples of the inspiring work of Michelle and Joel Levey in hundreds of leading organizations around the globe including: World Bank, NASA, Pentagon, Surgeon General’s Office, Boeing, Clinton Global Initiative, the U.S. Army Special Forces, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Intuit, Philips, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, and many other organizations.
CHANGE RESILIENCE “The New Sustainability” As tsunamis of complex change flood through our lives, world, organizations and communities, the need to develop greater change resilience, sustainability, and capacity to learn at every level becomes ever more clear. As the turbulence and complexity of our lives and world escalate, leading organizations around the globe are inviting us to partner with them to develop programs that increase their personal and organizational capacity for change resilience and sustainability. See a sampling of progams…
BREAKTHROUGHS IN CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION Learning to understand, develop, and raise our creative intelligence wise levels and to realize our potential for extra-ordinary breakthroughs in creativity and innovation – are vital skills in these complex and uncertain times…
Have you ever witnessed the magnificence of an innovation team tapping the power of their collective wisdom and creative intelligence to bring their innovations on-line in ways that change our world – for the better?
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP is the key to extraordinary personal and organizational success. Inspired by our work in social neuroscience and work leaders at British Parliament’s All Parliamentary Roundtable on Mindfulness, Google, Intel, World Bank, Special Forces, to expand capacity for greater innovation, creativity, mastery of attention/focus, change resilience and personal sustainability, mindfulness, and wisdom at work.
Wisdom at Work’s transformational Mindful Leadership programs have inspired people of widely diverse backgrounds, educations, cultures, languages, and beliefs, and can be scaled to deliver value to individual leaders, dynamic working teams, and whole organizations who take mindfulness to heart as a core success factor in their work together. See a sampling of programs…
WISDOM AND WELLNESS Developing our wellness is vital to our success as thriving individuals, organizations, and communities. Moving toward wellness is largely a choice and is informed by the depth or our wisdom and caring, more than by mere knowledge. Our unique approach to Wisdom and Wellness is based on the vital integration of three dimensions: Coherence of Mind; Integration of Brain; and Attunement in the Field of Social Relationships.
Our programs offer a wealth of profoundly practical inspirations, skills, and strategies for creating ways of living and working that increase the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to flourish, find meaning, and realize great value through their lives and work.
COLLECTIVE WISDOM AND INTELLIGENCE Realizing our capacity to reliably access, utilize, and express our collective wisdom and intelligence is the most important project for humanity at this time on earth. Though this potential exists, few individuals, organizations, communities, or societies have fully realized this extraordinary potential – which is so vital to realizing our potentials to survive and thrive in years to come!
Having facilitated breakthrough programs for HP Labs, senior leaders at MIT, Stanford, NASA, JPL, Boeing, elite teams of Special Forces, and design teams from hundreds of organizations, we have witnessed the power of Einstien’s wisdom when he observed that, “The problems that we have created cannot be solved at the level of thinking that created them…. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive.”
CONTEMPLATIVE SCIENCE AND MINDBODY MEDICINE Our unique approach to Meditation and MindBody Medicine program distills essential insights from decades of research and experience developed in our teaching thousands of physicians, nurses, and other health-caring professionals around the globe.
Drawing inspiration from a wealth of evidence based research and diverse wisdom traditions and this Wisdom at Work inspires health caring professionals with a wealth of ways to improve their own self-care, well-being, resilience, clinical performance, and relationships, while actively engaged in helping others.
Joel and Michelle Levey are regarded as pioneers in the global “mindfulness revolution,” “the international compassion movement,” and work to integrate contemplative science and contemporary mind-fitness training in leading organizations in modern times. They were among the very first people to develop and introduce Mindful Leadership, Mind Fitness, and Compassion based programs within mainstream medical, higher educational, organizational, and government/military arenas beginning in the late 70’s.
The most exquisite orchestration of human technology that we have ever seen." –West Point Logisticians
The most intensive and far reaching leadership development program to be offered in modern times." –Michael Murphy and George Leonard, founders of the "human potential movement"
The work of Joel and Michelle Levey has long been a luminous thread in the fabric of the Great Turning. They embody in many ways this epochal transition to a life-sustaining society." – Joanna Macy, deep ecologist, activist, and scholar
The world needed a definitive book on Living in Dynamic Balance and Joel and Michelle Levey were the ones we selected to write this book for us." –Mary Jane (MJ) Ryan, Conari Press
The more we learn to listen, the more we will hear. The more we hear, the more and more deeply we will understand, and the greater the wisdom we bring to life and work will be.– Joel and Michelle Levey
When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other."–Margaret Wheatley
The world we have made as a result of the level of the thinking we have done thus far creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level (of consciousness) at which we have created them. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive.”–Einstein
The InnerWork program was unique from the start, I've never seen a project seek to make such fundamental improvements in both people and the work environment….The post-test measurements we took as the Travelers Vision Project evolved are like nothing we've seen in looking at over 20,000 change program participants."–Dr. Richard Wagner, Professor, School of Management, University of Wisconsin
The depth of this project has the earmarks of a pioneering effort... for American business." –Dr. Richard Wagner, Professor, School of Management, University of Wisconsin
All of the data would suggest that it was a very successful program , especially in the long-run. The number of significant changes in both the short-run and the long-run was approximately twice the number normally found in programs similar to this one." –Dr. Richard Wagner, Professor, School of Management, University of Wisconsin
"The magnitude of the changes was generally greater than the changes we have found in similar programs. We would suggest that programs similar to this be integrated into future training programs whenever possible.” –Dr. Richard Wagner, Professor, School of Management, University of Wisconsin
Wisdom at Work Europe Learning Expedition begins April 2016. More info.
Pristine natural environments offer many inspirations for transformational experiences. We’ve been fortunate to travel, live, and work in the Hawaiian Islands and have been blessed to host and guide a wide variety of profoundly inspiring gatherings at numerous sacred and natural settings throughout the islands – especially the Big Island and Maui.
We often partner with local wisdom keepers and these special gatherings in the Aloha Spirit have served both our local Island community as well as guests and groups from communities and organizations around the globe. Each gathering offers a unique weaving of Island adventures, cultural experiences, teachings, and venues that will nourish, revitalize, and inspire our guests in the most life-affirming ways. Common themes for these gatherings include: immersion in the living wisdom of natural systems; living in balance, self-family-&-team renewal, meditation, integral medicine, change resilience, eco-tourism and lessons on sustainable living from Island cultures and the wonders of our natural world.
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Wisdom at Work’s 2015 Summer School