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Testimonials

Eric Langshur
Co-Founder, Abundant Venture Partners
“This book is a must read. We have applied these tools and principles across Abundant Venture Partners. Not only am I a better manager for having done so, I am more effective in all corners of my life.”
Mellody Hobson
President, Ariel Capital
The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership redefines what it takes to be a truly effective leader. Chapman, Dethmer, and Klemp offer a refreshing wake-up call to anyone who thinks that work is a self-driven, zero-sum game. The 15 Commitments keenly illustrates how making great strides in business requires an awareness of self without self-righteousness. While we will never have all the answers, the book teaches us that we can embrace curiosity and empower others to add valuable contributions at every level. By “living in our genius” we can honor our strengths while benefitting from the strengths of others.
Justin Rosenstein
Co-Founder, Asana
"Learning the skills in The 15 Commitments to Conscious Leadership has been one of the most important experiences of my life. It dramatically changed me as both a person and a leader. At Asana, we believe that Conscious Leadership training is so important we give every single employee the opportunity to go through a 2-day Conscious Leadership training, and many report profound changes to how they work. Because of Conscious Leadership, our communication is clearer and more authentic, and Asana as a company is, I believe, more effective in succeeding in its mission. I can nearly guarantee that reading this book will make you a more effective leader."
Mark Kaufman
President & CEO, Athletico
“It has been our desire at Athletico to be innovators and leaders in bringing new ideas to the world of physical therapy. We have found that The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership has given us both profound and practical ways to be on the leading edge of our industry, and growth as an organization and team. Our culture has less drama and more creativity, productivity and alignment because we practice The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership. This is a must read for leaders looking for where the conversation on leadership is going.”
Ron Rubin
CEO Bridgewater Wealth and Financial Management
“I had the good fortune to be introduced to Conscious Leadership about six years ago. The Conscious Leadership Group and the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership not only changed how we do business at Bridgewater, but they have changed my life personally. The company I founded in 1996 has been infused with new life, the culture is awake and aware, communication is crystal clear, and clients notice the difference. I’m so committed to conscious leadership now that I’m introducing the book and whole model to other CEOs in the finance industry.”
Bill Park
CEO, DeepDyve Inc
“The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership inspires you with brave energy. Culture starts at the top and this book challenges leaders to do that which they ask of their co-workers and employees: to take 100% responsibility and ownership for their actions and outcomes. The benefits for us? Imagine an organization with no excuses, no blaming and no politics. It can be done.”
Uzi Yemen
CEO, Delek US
“The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership is the perfect book for leaders who are willing to take risks, step into the unknown, and explore new ways of living and leading. For the past two years, our Executive Team has been engaged in learning and practicing The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership. As a result, our Executive Team is more supportive and respectful of each other, our corporate performance has risen to a whole new level and we have created a culture of trust, openness, alignment, candor, collaboration, friendship and love that supports our desire to be innovators, leaders and pioneers in bringing new ideas to the business world. The results have been so compelling with the Executive Team that we are sharing this learning with our full Leadership Team.”
John Renesch
Award-winning author, futurist
“The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership is a must read for anyone aspiring to be more aware, mindful and conscious as a leader. I have seen lots of writing on the subject, even done some of my own, but I have never seen the personal requirements spelled out so clearly and distinctly. This book will separate the wannabes from the real deals.”
Jim Barnett
CEO, Glint
“The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership is an inspirational masterpiece and a brilliant roadmap for leadership in the 21st century. Embracing conscious leadership and the 15 Commitments at my companies and in my life has led to both phenomenal success and deep personal joy.”
Mike Riordan
CEO, Greenville Heath System
“The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership offers a new perspective on what it takes to show up in a high performing team. In our organization we get more and bigger things done when we're consciously living above the line. These ideas have transformed the way our executives see themselves and others around them, and its taking hold at every level in our health system.”
Pat Christen
President & CEO - HopeLab
“At HopeLab, we have been keenly interested in the cultivation of a high integrity, high engagement workplace. The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership serves as an invaluable and practical road map on the journey to a more innovative, enlivening and effective work environment. A must read for any student of leadership!”
Marc Malnati
CEO, Malnati’s Pizza
“1. This book is the ""how to"" manual that corporate leaders intent on building a great culture have been waiting for. 2. Great leaders know that building a great culture is the only thing that makes their company truly sustainable, because today's best and brightest demand to be developed as people first. This book will show them the way. 3. Every bone in my body resonates with the Commitments in a way that tells me this will be the most important book for business of the 21st century.”
Jason Hsu
CIO, Research Affiliates
“We at Research Affiliates aim to change our industry for the benefit of the end investor through disruptive innovation and tireless investor advocacy. We have been an early adopter of The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, which has had a transformational impact on our culture. Through adopting the 15 commitments we have become a far more productive firm—a place where personal responsibility, creativity and collaboration have flourished and where drama and victim attitude have all but disappeared. This book is the most influential and most immediately applicable reading for any leader looking to make an impact.”
Jon Ward
Retired Chairman and CEO, ServiceMaster
“ As an early pioneer embracing the life and business principles of Conscious Leadership has lead to powerful breakthroughs in my personal life and organizations I have lead. Alignment, curiosity, seeking the truth without an agenda are forgotten concepts in many lives and organizations. Learning and growing with the15 principles outlined in the book, a life long journey, has allowed me to realize more of my potential and that of the organizations I work with......”
Kim Shannon
CEO, Sionna Investments
“The Commitments will take time to learn and embrace, but the rewards of eventually mastering them could have a profound impact on the leaders and teams who eventually adopt them. It takes a serious commitment to curiosity and practice. However, it can profoundly change the dialogue and focus of a firm adapting it.”
Rosa Scarcelli
CEO, Stanford Management
“As a leader in affordable housing, we are often faced with the challenge of providing our clients with fundamental services using limited resources. Working across public and private sectors often poses challenges in reconciling differing priorities to achieve the same end. We often wrestle with a LACK mentality, confusion over which master to serve and the culture of low energy these common challenges can lead to. Using the tools from Conscious Leadership, our company’s culture has changed dramatically. We went from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. Where there was lack came abundance and confusion, clarity. These tools are critical to removing obstacles and seeing all potential. We no longer have a sense of being at the mercy of outside forces. Our culture is now one of empowerment and mutual, 100% responsibility. There is no blame only solutions. It’s truly amazing how a culture of an organization can shift so dramatically in such a short period of time.”
Mellody Hobson
President, Ariel Capital
Board of Directors of the Starbucks Corporation, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Chairwoman DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. and Groupon.
“ The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership redefines what it takes to be a truly effective leader. Chapman, Dethmer, and Klemp offer a refreshing wake-up call to anyone who thinks that work is a self-driven, zero-sum game. The 15 Commitments keenly illustrates how making great strides in business requires an awareness of self without self-righteousness. While we will never have all the answers, the book teaches us that we can embrace curiosity and empower others to add valuable contributions at every level. By “living in our genius” we can honor our strengths while benefitting from the strengths of others.”
Chip Conley
“ Practical, actionable and transformative. The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership is an invaluable tool for anyone who cares about leadership. A must-have resource.”
Justin Rosenstein
Co-Founder, Asana
“Learning the skills in The 15 Commitments to Conscious Leadership has been one of the most important experiences of my life. It dramatically changed me as both a person and a leader. At Asana, we believe that Conscious Leadership training is so important we give every single employee the opportunity to go through a 2-day Conscious Leadership training, and many report profound changes to how they work. Because of Conscious Leadership, our communication is clearer and more authentic, and Asana as a company is, I believe, more effective in succeeding in its mission. I can nearly guarantee that reading this book will make you a more effective leader.”
Mike Riordan
CEO, Greenville Heath System
“ The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership offers a new perspective on what it takes to show up in a high performing team. In our organization we get more and bigger things done when we're consciously living above the line. These ideas have transformed the way our executives see themselves and others around them, and its taking hold at every level in our health system.”
Ron Rubin
CEO Bridgewater Wealth and Financial Management
“I had the good fortune to be introduced to Conscious Leadership about six years ago.  The Conscious Leadership Group and the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership not only changed how we do business at Bridgewater, but they have changed my life personally. The company I founded in 1996 has been infused with new life, the culture is awake and aware, communication is crystal clear, and clients notice the difference. I’m so committed to conscious leadership now that I’m introducing the book and whole model to other CEOs in the finance industry.”
Jon Ward
Retired Chairman and CEO, ServiceMaster
“ As an early pioneer embracing the life and business principles of Conscious Leadership has lead to powerful breakthroughs in my personal life and organizations I have lead. Alignment, curiosity, seeking the truth without an agenda are forgotten concepts in many lives and organizations. Learning and growing with the15 principles outlined in the book, a life long journey, has allowed me to realize more of my potential and that of the organizations I work with......”
Uzi Yemen
CEO, Delek US
“ The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership is the perfect book for leaders who are willing to take risks, step into the unknown, and explore new ways of living and leading. For the past two years, our Executive Team has been engaged in learning and practicing The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership. As a result, our Executive Team is more supportive and respectful of each other, our corporate performance has risen to a whole new level and we have created a culture of trust, openness, alignment, candor, collaboration, friendship and love that supports our desire to be innovators, leaders and pioneers in bringing new ideas to the business world. The results have been so compelling with the Executive Team that we are sharing this learning with our full Leadership Team.”
Mark Kaufman
President & CEO, Athletico
“ It has been our desire at Athletico to be innovators and leaders in bringing new ideas to the world of physical therapy. We have found that The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership has given us both profound and practical ways to be on the leading edge of our industry, and growth as an organization and team. Our culture has less drama and more creativity, productivity and alignment because we practice The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership. This is a must read for leaders looking for where the conversation on leadership is going.”
Pat Christen
President & CEO - HopeLab
“ At HopeLab, we have been keenly interested in the cultivation of a high integrity, high engagement workplace. The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership serves as an invaluable and practical road map on the journey to a more innovative, enlivening and effective work environment. A must read for any student of leadership!”
Jim Barnett
CEO, Glint
“ The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership is an inspirational masterpiece and a brilliant roadmap for leadership in the 21st century. Embracing conscious leadership and the 15 Commitments at my companies and in my life has led to both phenomenal success and deep personal joy.”
James Sabry
Sr. Vice President - Genentech
“ The most effective companies are those that combine deep technical domain knowledge with a culture that allows each employee to reach their maximum potential. We have found that The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership has provided an effective guide to allowing us to do this allowing not only increased productivity, but also increased employee engagement and pleasure. This is a must read for leaders interested in a deep transforming their group into a more effective place.”
Rosa Scarcelli
CEO, Stanford Management
“ As a leader in affordable housing, we are often faced with the challenge of providing our clients with fundamental services using limited resources. Working across public and private sectors often poses challenges in reconciling differing priorities to achieve the same end. We often wrestle with a LACK mentality, confusion over which master to serve and the culture of low energy these common challenges can lead to. Using the tools from Conscious Leadership, our company’s culture has changed dramatically. We went from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. Where there was lack came abundance and confusion, clarity. These tools are critical to removing obstacles and seeing all potential. We no longer have a sense of being at the mercy of outside forces. Our culture is now one of empowerment and mutual, 100% responsibility. There is no blame only solutions. It’s truly amazing how a culture of an organization can shift so dramatically in such a short period of time.”
Bill Park
CEO, DeepDyve Inc
“ The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership inspires you with brave energy. Culture starts at the top and this book challenges leaders to do that which they ask of their co-workers and employees: to take 100% responsibility and ownership for their actions and outcomes. The benefits for us? Imagine an organization with no excuses, no blaming and no politics. It can be done.”
Jason Hsu
CIO, Research Affiliates
“ We at Research Affiliates aim to change our industry for the benefit of the end investor through disruptive innovation and tireless investor advocacy. We have been an early adopter of The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, which has had a transformational impact on our culture. Through adopting the 15 commitments we have become a far more productive firm—a place where personal responsibility, creativity and collaboration have flourished and where drama and victim attitude have all but disappeared. This book is the most influential and most immediately applicable reading for any leader looking to make an impact.”
Eric Langshur
Co-Founder, Abundant Venture Partners
“ This book is a must read. We have applied these tools and principles across Abundant Venture Partners. Not only am I a better manager for having done so, I am more effective in all corners of my life.”
Marc Malnati
CEO, Malnati’s Pizza
“ 1. This book is the ""how to"" manual that corporate leaders intent on building a great culture have been waiting for. 2. Great leaders know that building a great culture is the only thing that makes their company truly sustainable, because today's best and brightest demand to be developed as people first. This book will show them the way. 3. Every bone in my body resonates with the Commitments in a way that tells me this will be the most important book for business of the 21st century.”
Peter, Parthenis
CEO, Grecian Delight
“ It has been our desire at Grecian Delight to be innovators and leaders. We are focusing on developing high performing teams and a wining culture. We have found that The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership has given us both profound and practical ways to be on the leading edge of our industry. Our culture has less drama and more creativity, productivity and alignment because we practice The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership. This is a must read for leaders looking for where the conversation is going in these challenging and changing times.”
Kim Shannon
CEO, Sionna Investments
“ The Commitments will take time to learn and embrace, but the rewards of eventually mastering them could have a profound impact on the leaders and teams who eventually adopt them. It takes a serious commitment to curiosity and practice. However, it can profoundly change the dialogue and focus of a firm adapting it.”
Chip Wiper
Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Greenville Health System
“ Conscious Leadership principles and the 15 Commitments have changed our healthcare culture and system, my department and my life. Living and leading using The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership has allowed us to achieve far more than we ever could have—and will continue to be the cornerstone of our behaviors for years to come.”
Spence Taylor
President of GHS Clinical University, Greenville Health System
“ The 15 Commitments changed our healthcare culture and system, my department and my life. I can honestly say that our medical school, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, would not have occurred had it not been for the lessons learned around conscious leadership and the 15 commitments. I plan to make The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership required reading for all of our finishing medical students.”
John Renesch
Award-winning author, futurist
“ The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership is a must read for anyone aspiring to be more aware, mindful and conscious as a leader. I have seen lots of writing on the subject, even done some of my own, but I have never seen the personal requirements spelled out so clearly and distinctly. This book will separate the wannabes from the real deals.”