In 2008 I was fortunate enough to participate in one of Integral Institute’s Leadership Seminars that was facilitated by Bert Parlee and other world-class integrally informed thinkers. I was so inspired by Bert’s leadership skills and presentation style that I invited him to participate in a transformative initiative being implemented by the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance.
By means of executive coaching and staff training seminars, Bert played a central role in helping to reform how we serve our customers, clients and citizens. His contributions supported us in building the best system of support in Canada for persons with disabilities, people with special needs, children and seniors and resulted in our organization receiving the Premier’s Award for Organizational Excellence. (The Premier’s Awards showcase the best examples of innovation and excellence in the British Columbia Public Service)
Although our contracted relationship has ended, Bert regularly touches base to discuss our past accomplishments and future opportunities, reminding me that integrally informed transformative processes are works-in-progress and require our ongoing commitment to support their continued evolution. Bert walks his talk. He embodies the principles he teaches. He also cares deeply about those he guides. This is true during the formal training time, as well as with concerns that might arise before or after the event. Bert heartily earns my highest recommendation.
Altogether I am in awe of Bert’s exceptional coaching and facilitation talents and of his professional commitment in supporting individual and organizational development.