Unique by Design
Allen and Associates was founded on the philosophy of “unique by design." Our belief is that all organizations are distinct and both require and respond best when the consultant creates an original design that responds to their uniqueness. We attract organizations and leaders who are seeking to invent the next generation of organizational effectiveness.
Together we co-create sustainable change and transformation for their organizations. We work in the intersection between leadership and change. Our coaching works with positional leaders who are interested in transforming their organization cultures, leadership teams and capacity for innovation. We see our role, in part, to provoke new thought so the organization can create their unique form of innovation. The hallmark s of our work is sustainable change that the individuals in the organization own. Choosing Allen and Associates is the choice that makes a difference to our clients and their aspirations of becoming better.
Allen and Associates is a consulting company doing leadership coaching, organizational development, and cultural change. We work primarily with non-profit organizations in the fields of human services, higher education and philanthropy. If you have found this site, it probably means that you are interested in leadership, human development, and organizational development. I have been doing work around these three topics over the course of my career.
This site is designed to provide access to articles, training resources, and power points that I have written or developed over the last 30 years. While some articles have been published over the years, many were developed to accompany various presentations. The resource material is and articles are in various forms, from conceptual outlines to published articles. Please feel free to download anything you find interesting. All I ask is, if you use this material or reprint it, that you reference me appropriately.
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -- that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.