Spouses of members who are in a Forum often want the opportunity to experience Forum. In the same manner in which the YPO member benefits from Forum, the spouse will similarly benefit… personally and/or professionally.
The Spouse Forum also provides tremendous to the chapter. Involved spouses lead to involved members.
A variation on the traditional spousal forum is the Professional Spouse Forum, which was created to meet the special needs of YPO spouses (either male or female) who have demanding full time careers.
In either of these cases, my work with spousal forums both parallels that of member forums, as well as attends to the complementary dynamics that include childcare challenges, demanding social calendars, and the range of issues that are involved in managing a demanding and high-performing household and it’s extensions. Typical topical areas focus on intimacy, raising children, family of origin vs family of creation tensions, juggling home and career, children transitioning out of the home, etc. As with members, the goal here is to cultivate authentic, supportive and meaningful bonds with like-minded friends and colleagues, where deep learning and personal transformation is able to take place. As with most learning environments, crafting a safe environment where both profound transformation and play can also unfold, is the royal road to meaningful development.
Bert’s presence as a leader allowed him to connect our range of personalities from different backgrounds, and to cohere our group in entirely new ways. I believe that any forum, however old or new, and with whatever sorts of challenges it may be experiencing, would evolve to a next level of depth with Bert’s wisdom and guidance.
Thank you for facilitating our retreat. Everything that had been stuck moved along so surprisingly well. We accomplished what I’d only dreamed we could. And thank you so much for the bonus talks in the car which were eye-opening and mind-changing. Wow! Life is full of twists, turns, and surprises.
I suspect Bert’s being a psychologist has something to do with his ability to see hidden dynamics that we weren’t aware of. He helped open our eyes to see one another in refreshing new ways that were both profound and playful.
The retreat went really well, and capped off with that awesome dinner, I think everyone had a great time. It was the perfect ending to a very special occasion. Everyone felt that the day was a big success. Thank you again for leading us with heart and insight. You did a fantastic job!