.. Dr. Dan Kaufman Bio

 

Over the years I have been called to leadership in a variety of ways. Through leading professional associations, chairing committees, participating and chairing community coalitions, founding a non-profit organization, serving in Rotary and serving as a K12 district administrator I have learned many lessons and have grown in ways I never would have imagined. This calling became a passion that led me to go on to study leadership and receive my doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University. Now my greatest passion is to share what I’ve learned with others who are on similar paths.

I’ve also developed strong interests in personal development, service to others, self- understanding and self-leadership, collaborative models of communication and adult development. We live in a time when it is no longer assumed that growth and maturity stop in adolescence. Adults continue to grow and can learn and develop new ways of making meaning of their world that can lead to greater awareness, shared meaning, better lives for our families, better leaders and organizations, and more sophisticated ways of providing for the greater good.


My personal and professional journey has been influenced by a number of writers and theorists including:
Chris Argyris On Organizational Learning
Donald Shon The Reflective Practitioner
James Flaherty Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others
Ronald Heifitz Leadership Without Easy Answers, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership.
Robert Kegan The Evolving Self, In Over Our Heads, Immunity to Change
Otto Laske Measuring Hidden Dimensions: The Art And Science of Fully Engaging Adults
Karen Kitchener Developing Reflective Judgment
Pema Chodron Start Where You Are
Shunryu Suzuki Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

As a result of my interests in these pioneering thinkers I have sought to develop my skills through trainings and practice in a number of areas including:

• The Facilitative Leader Model
• Dynamic Facilitation
• Integral Coaching (Certified Integral Coach)
• The Immunity to Change model for uncovering hidden competing commitments to change
• The Myers Briggs Type Indicator“ for understanding differences, improving communication and problem solving (Certified Practitioner)

I have a strong belief in continuous learning, ongoing development that leads to seeing the world with new eyes, and making our families, organizations, communities better places to live and work. In addition to my doctorate in Educational Leadership, I have a Master’s Degree in Psychology, completed doctoral level work in counseling psychology, and am a Licensed Mental Counselor and a Certified Integral Coach. I have a commitment to being fully present, connecting compassionately, and to helping others to find peace and purpose in their lives.