a result of your expertise and creativity, our
nation has benefited..."
Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister, Grenada
presentation of the material was masterful and
Richard Conaboy, Chairman, US Sentencing
of the participants commented that your seminar
was the best management class that
they had ever participated in – myself
-- Rod Huff, HR Dir, EMI Music Group
tangible value that has been added to our
interaction with each other can be traced back
to this program..."
-- Stephen Burkhardt, MRI Area Leader, GE
treat this open letter as a site map -- read entire letter before clicking on hyper links)
to this Open Letter!
For 20 wonderful seasons I served as veteran mentor/chaplain for the
NBA Washington Bullets/Wizards (retired 1998) professional basketball
team. With big egos and big paychecks, some guys at the pro
level have a problem with teamwork, customer service and
some of my work in the NBA, I developed:
WITH PEOPLE WHO DRIVE YOU
STRANGLING SOMEONE ISN'T AN
OPTION!" "A WHITE
MAN'S JOURNEY INTO BLACK HISTORY"™ "DIVERSITY: THE VALUE OF
"ALL STRESSED OUT AND NO
ONE TO CHOKE" "IF NOBODY LOVES YOU, CREATE THE DEMAND!"
won't say that we
have the best seminar programs...but you might.
uniquely powerful programs are examples of what can be
customized to address:
program can be viewed individually on Seminars Page.
But please read entire letter before clicking below.
Thesis: We all are different. Some of us are
thinkers, others are doers; some are passive, still others
are aggressive. Most people come to work with pretty good
intentions, but we get on each other’s nerves just by
being ourselves. In the every-day stress of the work
environment, the tiniest issues can escalate. And soon we
are fighting about the way we are fighting, instead of
dealing with the real issues. People do not respond to our
intentions. They respond to our behavior.
Does any of this make sense?
Our work has received enthusiastic,
reviews from the Prime Minister of Grenada and senior officials of Barbados to Frostburg State University, 8th Army (Korea), E! Entertainment Television, North East Foods, NASA,
YPO, VA, ATF, HUD, Ikea, GE
Medical Systems, National Security Agency,
Music Group, EMI, US Sentencing Commission, European Council
of International Schools (ECIS), Giant Foods, Indian Health Services, Federal Judiciary, Baltimore City Department of Education, Tuscan Dairy Farms, Black Public Relations Society, many pro athletes, and others around the globe, including a number of urban youth initiatives. We have a ton of references - corporate, government, international, non-profit, white collar/blue collar.
Here's a quick example of one of my past international
seminars (TV ad, Sri Lanka) >
In August 2002, all of the Kings and Queens of Africa were invited to attend a Pan African Conference in Benin, West Africa. I participated as an invited speaker/facilitator at this event as we addressed ways to prevent conflict and tribal warfare.
I presented at the US Bankruptcy Court Clerks Conference, early 2000. The Federal Judicial Center broadcasted an edited 6 minute
segment via satellite during May 2000 -- view it below.
Another arena of expertise has to do with coaching. I am available to be kept on retainer for what could be called
Critical Incident Debriefings (CID). This is a proven individualized and confidential 10-hour program, spanning almost three months, especially designed for
senior executives and key employees who have exhibited racial insensitivity, inappropriate sexual advances,
stress and/or anger problems in the workplace.
Enough with the resume'/obituary-type
stuff. Perhaps you need a leadership-training program, an anger management/violence prevention program or some other program. All day workshop? Half day? Two-day retreat? Need me to travel (and I travel a lot) from the DC region? Need me
for staff development training for your team? Need me to be
hammer"? Convention speaker? Executive coaching?
Need a long-term process for
organizational culture change? Whatever your need, I will do my darndest to make you look good - plus we'll have a lot of fun. And that's a promise!!
Check out thefive arenas of expertise of The Freeman Institute™:
To discover the
fifth arena of expertise (Entrepreneurship), click on the book
cover above. Contact us by
e-mail or by phone and we’ll email you a "digital
propaganda letter". Draw a target and I’ll do my best to hit the
bulls-eye for you.
my cell phone: 410.991.9718 -- or perhaps you can take
a few moments right now to email
your initial thoughts about how we can customize a program to
fit your organization's needs. Here's a six minute streaming
video clip ready for you to see right now.
Also, I thought you might be
interested in a recently published book I co-authored --Return
To Glory: The Powerful Stirring of the Black Man.
Endorsed by Bill Cosby, Julius Erving, Ben Carson, Joe
Frazier and many others, this unique book is about black
heritage and cross-cultural understanding. I am White and co-author is African
American. The response to this book has been incredible! It is
well-researched and reader-friendly. The award-winning 45-minute film
version (DVD) of this book is now available
Out of the experience of writing this book has come a strong diversity program and a well-received 120-150 minute Black History presentation
(and subsequent DVD) with PowerPoint, entitled "A White Man's Journey Into Black History"™. This presentation has been enthusiastically received at NASA, USDA, Seattle Port Authority, BIG and a number of other organizations. This presentation has been enthusiastically
received at NASA, USDA, Seattle Port Authority, Blacks In
Government (BIG) and a number of other organizations. You can see an
overview of this presentation here.
Feel free to let me know what you're thinking. Perhaps you will resonate with its message.
I have put together an expansive collection of
Black History. Ask me
how some pieces can be brought to a presentation at your
The next time Freeman makes a
presentation at your organization, you are invited to play a
very special version of Bingo.
Let him know that you are playing and he may even help you win.
Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D.
The Freeman Institute™
Cell Phone: (410) 991.9718 (* Best number)
Organizational Culture Change Specialists
P.S. The bottom-line results from these programs are
both immediate and long lasting! Ask me why...
"Dealing With People
Who Drive You Crazy!"
Freeman Institute™ (TFI™), of which Dr. Freeman is
CEO/President, is a
company with eight main arenas of expertise:
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Ask Dr. Freeman about... ...an
all-day teambuilding/leadership seminar or retreat for
your organization's leadership team.
...an all-day seminar event for all members of your
...an all-day multi-organization, area-wide seminar
...a thorough assessment of your organization.
...a speaker for an upcoming special
...a process whereby diversity can be introduced
into your organization.
...executive coaching for your senior leadership.
...mediation regarding some conflict your
organization is experiencing.
Studies have shown that 15% of financial and career
success can be attributed to technical competence, 85% is
due to good interpersonal skills. Allow me to showcase the
85% to the folks in your organization.
have never seen a management program so well
-- Don Griffin, VP
Human Resources, Tuscan Dairy Farms
staff, without exception, came away from the meeting
empowered and better
equipped to work with others as a team..."
-- David Ruleman, Vice President, WAVA Radio Station
"... people here are still commenting on how
much they gained from the
Ken Schlager, Director of Strategic Development,
Billboard Music Group
"...I have received favorable comments from
other courses, but not nearly to the
degree I have received from your course..."
Thomas Barritt, Central Office Training Officer, Veteran
highly recommend The Freeman Institute's programs to all
federal agencies as well
the private sector..."
Ellen Metsch, INS, Department of Justice
you for your efforts in assisting us through this
Ricky Fischer, USPS Postmaster, Cumberland, MD
"...the Organizational Development Team would
like to thank you for a job well done..."
Stacey Day, Team Leader, NASA, Goddard
"...Your style of presentation was superb, and
we would gladly entertain follow-on
sessions with you as well as recommend yourself and
this workshop to other
John Cashour, Deputy Chief Workforce Skills Development,
National Security Agency
CFO had previously worked for a Fortune 500 company,
conducted off site training sessions, and he
told me that your seminar, "Dealing With
People Who Drive You Crazy!"® was the
best training session he had ever attended..." --
Richard Faint, CEO, Sequoia Software Corporation
I S L I F E F A I
LIVE RIGHT ANYWAY!
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self centered; LOVE THEM ANYWAY! If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish,
ulterior motives; DO GOOD ANYWAY! If you are successful, you will have false friends and
true enemies; SUCCEED ANYWAY! Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable; BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY! The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down
the smallest people with the smallest ideas; THINK BIG ANYWAY!. People favor underdogs, but only follow top dogs; FIGHT FOR AN UNDERDOG ANYWAY! What takes years to build may be destroyed overnight; BUILD WELL ANYWAY! The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow; DO WHAT’S RIGHT ANYWAY! People really need help but they attack you if you help
them; HELP ANYWAY! Give the world the best you’ve got and you’ll get
kicked in the teeth; GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY!
-- Used by permission.
Copyright Kent M. Keith, 1968, 2001
if we could shrink the Earth's population
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