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Synthesis brings together a network of people committed to improving levels of productivity, satisfaction and value at work.

Peter Luzmore has held various positions in the areas of organizational design and human development.  Peter started training people as a workshop designer and leader with Young & Rubican, an advertising agency with offices worldwide. He also has held the position of Director in the Consulting Division of Action Technologies working on strategic accounts for companies such as General Motors and Bankers Trust in Europe and the United States.  In 1994 Peter founded Innovative Business Design which specialized in education and consulting in Business Process Redesign.  In 1999, Peter founded Synthesis LLC, who specialize in mobilizing leadership teams to produce increased levels of productivity, satisfaction and value. He is a Certified Master Somatic Coach with Strozzi Institute and has been published in an anthology entitled, “Being Human at Work”.

Woody Allen is a business strategist, coach and mentor to companies in the United States and Europe.  He has more than 35 years experience as a C-level executive, including roles as President, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chairman of the Board for publicly traded companies.  He has extensive Board room experience, having served on the Boards of Directors of numerous companies in a wide variety of businesses, ranging from radio broadcasting to semiconductor equipment manufacturing. His current roles include Chairman of the Audit Committee for Precision Tune Auto Care, a global franchisor of auto care centers, chief strategist and Board member for CEO-CF, a European based company specializing in facilitating collaboration amongst entrepreneurial CEO’s, and President of Allen Management Services, a company which offers financial, leadership and executive training to mid and high level executives of small to medium sized businesses. He serves on a number of Boards and is also the acting Chief Financial Officer for BIA-Fn, a company which offers research and consulting services to local media. After earning his degree in Finance and Accounting, Woody has studied business, linguistics, biology and somatics with a variety of renowned teachers.  He is a certified Master Somatic Coach with Strozzi Institute, a California based educational organization, and has been published in an anthology entitled, “Being Human at Work”.

Amy Castoro counsels and advises individuals and teams on how to collaborate more effectively, cultivate trust, and manage morale through language and action.   Amy has held various corporate positions with The Walt Disney Company, Adecco Corporation and Grant Thornton Management Consulting that provide her with a strong foundation of organizations at the divisional, corporate, and customer orientation and what is required to achieve high functioning leadership and teams.  Drawing upon her extensive corporate and consulting experience she offers clients a gentle yet direct approach in identifying fundamental and pragmatic behaviors that lead to improved performance. Her approach centers on embodied learning, where clients are asked to engage in effective actions rather than a theoretical framework.  She enables her clients to increase their impact on their organization by fostering authentic conversations combined with high levels of accountability and commitment and creating a clear purpose from the outset.  Her work with teams has increased production and satisfaction by better managing commitments and improving trust.  Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Adelphi University.  She completed a three-year business course based on the work of Dr. Fernando Flores that emphasized the design of new offers and optimizing threats and opportunities in business.  Amy is a certified Master Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute.

Peter Yaholkovsky, MD is a coach, consultant and educator who specializes in developing in leaders and teams the skills for building and re-building trust, especially in relationships with prominent power differentials. His work dramatically enhances leadership and management skills by opening avenues for effective communication and authentic relationship. Peter’s experience in coaching and consulting in a broad range of industries spans two decades and includes information technologies, finance / banking, energy, insurance, engineering and health care. He has provided leadership and management training and development and process design for clients such as Capital One, Allianz, Cisco Systems, ABNM AMRO and Peace Health.  Peter has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MD from University of California, Davis. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. He was on the staff that developed the three-year program of Ontological Design with Fernando Flores. He is a certified Master Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute.

Exercises

Creating Mutual Value Workshop - My Top Commitments

Interview

Peter Luzmore's radio interview about change and leadership for Business Matters

Acknowledgement & Recognition

We are very grateful to Dr. Fernando Flores and his colleagues at Pluralistic Networks and Business Design Associates and Dr. Richard  Strozzi Heckler and the Strozzi Institute for their skill as teachers.  Without their wisdom it would not be possible to make these offers today.

Allies and Partners

Pluralistic Networks

Strozzi Institute

Action Technologies Inc.

Recommended Reading

  • Flores & Winograd - Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design

  • Richard Strozzi Heckler - Being Human at Work

  • Richard Strozzi Heckler - The Anatomy of Change: A way to Move Through Life's Transitions

  • Richard Strozzi Heckler - Holding the Center; Sanctuary in a Time of Confusion

  • Richard Strozzi Heckler - The Leadership Dojo: Build Your Foundation as an Exemplary Leader

  • Will Schutz  - The Human Element: Productivity, Self-Esteem and the Bottom Line

  • Solomon & Flores - Building Trust: in business, politics, relationships and life

  • Spinosa, Flores & Dreyfus - Disclosing New Worlds: Entrepreneurship, Democratic Action, and the Cultivation of Solidarity

  • David Whyte - The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America

  • David Whyte - Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity

Copyright Synthesis LLC 2011

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