Apply a science-based approach to growth and development

The One Big Thing Program offers a proven path to improvement and growth. It equips people to stretch, grow and thrive by 'breaking free' of the day-to-day habits that limit performance.

Too many people are merely coping or just surviving, and demands and expectations keep rising—with no end in sight. We might know we need to 'step up our game' but doing it is entirely another thing. The issue: despite knowing what we want to do, we still don't do it. Despite the endless stream of remedies, answers and solutions, we remain 'stuck' in old familiar ways. We are wed to the status quo and immune to change. And it all has to do with habits.

Each of us are a bundle of habits. In 2017 Kevin Ochsner, PhD, Columbia University, reported that 70-90% of our daily behaviors are habits. This is why change is so tough. How tough? A recent medical study showed that, even when seriously at-risk heart patients wanted to change their lifestyle to continue living, only one in seven patients were successful—proving again that old habits die hard. If death isn't a sufficient motivation for change, what hope do the rest of us have of improving?

The science of habit formation does offer hope. We can now design new habits. INSEAD (consistently ranked among the world's top business schools) credits Harvard University Professors Kegan and Lahey with 'cracking the code' on how to rewire the habits which keep us stuck. 

At the heart of the MindShift Approach is the Harvard model by Kegan and Lahey. In the One Big Thing Program we have coupled the MindShift Approach with emerging research from Neuroscience and Systems Thinking. MindShift enables people to start living in alignment with where they want to go and who they want to be


This program is unlike other programs. Rather than listen to the experts and leave with more glossy course materials to add to your 'vinyl trophy case,' you learn the approach by applying it directly in your life.

Here’s how it works. A leadership team, or a group of leaders, follow these 3 steps over 6-9 months:

We support you in defining how you want to improve. Sometimes we start with what's not working. Other times we use an assessment tool. Either way you arrive at an improvement goal that is a genuine stretch for you. As we do this, we also link your goal to a bigger picture of meaning and significance. For executive teams this often coalesces into a shared vision for organizational improvement.  

Once a stretch goal has been identified, the traditional approach is to then play the disempowering game to 'run to the expert'. Pay them to give you the expert answers, or tell you what to think and what to do.

We take the opposite approach. We bring questions. Questions all about you. It starts with identifying how you get in your own way. We then 'drill down' into the mindset to understand the root cause of these habits. Simple idea but complex to do.

The brilliance of Harvard Professors Kegan and Lahey's practical framework is that it makes visible the invisible forces of the mindset. You discover triggers and blind spots that throw you off your game. You not only see how you get in your own way and resist change, but most importantly, you discover why you do it.

But insight alone is not enough. Why? Because even though the root-cause mindset has been seen—it has not yet changed. This is the purpose of the third step in the approach and is why we guarantee we can accelerate change and improvement

This is heart of the work. We turned the light bulbs on in Step 2, but what happens in Step 3 keeps the lights on. It consists of a series of carefully designed exercises to deactivate old habits. By applying the exercises participants progressively disrupt the root cause mindset and overturn the habits that previously blocked them from improving. Over time old habits are deactivated and new neuropathways created. Participants adopt new, more productive behaviors and a mindset which is aligned with their stretch goal. In short, the One Big Thing Program equips people to change from the inside out.


Our team of MindShift coaches ensure you accurately map the mindset. They become your thinking partners as you apply the exercises to rewire your thinking. Each has trained with the Professors Kegan and Lahey.

The evidence is clear: your odds of successfully changing habits go up dramatically when you participate as part of a group. This program is equivalent to a week-long University Executive Program but with an important difference: rather than consecutive days, it's only a few hours each month. Participants come together monthly to review progress, share successes, and consolidate learning.

Transforming a mindset is a complex task. These application exercises guide you in applying the habit-change research in a practical and meaningful way in your daily life. Each of the 12 exercises address a different dimension of habit change. The academic rigor that has gone into creating the Harvard-based framework is the brand-standard in the field of Adult Development.

When partnered with a community of learners from your workplace, a communal experience is created which offers encouragement, support and feedback that is otherwise not available when working alone. The network also provides a mechanism to sustain and deepen the work long after the formal program is completed.

We use a 360-degree feedback tools which integrates leading research from the fields of Leadership, Psychology, and Adult Development, and is thoroughly and independently validated. We record a baseline for change with a custom, 10-minute Habit Change Survey. This survey is repeatedly pulsed to measure and track change over time.



Although each participant experiences unique benefits, over the years graduate exit interviews* reveal the following themes:

  • Greater presence and composure under pressure
  • Enhanced relational connection and collaboration
  • Greater empathy, understanding and patience
  • More coaching and mentoring conversations
  • Higher levels of creativity and innovation ("See possibilities in situations that previously seemed like a no win")
  • Greater levels of overall fulfillment and well-being

*videos are available upon request

The benefits extend beyond the individual. Together, people learn a language and new habits to challenge and support each other to improve, change and stretch. Deeper, more trusting relationships form. In the end, the organization gains a more engaged, resilient and emotionally intelligent workplace.  

The MindShift Approach is entirely novel but thoroughly road-tested. It has been applied in a wide diversity of organizations: a national railway in Europe, an international financial services company, one of America's most admired technology companies, and in the world's leading international strategy consulting firm.

To explore if the approach can offer your leaders an advantage, Contact us.




The program has paid for itself many times over. I, and the company, continue to reap its benefits.





I am confident the program will benefit any executive who is serious about growing as a leader and having the greatest impact they can on their organization.









  1. Implement $250 million automation project during 3 years of 24x7 operation
  2. Create a Safety Culture at gas refinery with long history of near misses
  3. Complete $25 million maintenance on time, on budget, after 6 failed attempts over previous 6 years
  4. Increase productivity 25% and reduce costs by 10%.


  1. To let go of the need for control, allowing people to discover their own solutions
  2. To more effectively coach and develop people in my areas of expertise
  3. To better follow up and hold people accountable
  4. To receive challenge and criticism with greater composure and professionalism
  5. To express my opinions under fire with greater composure and conviction
  6. To more constructively engage with people around differences of opinion, perspective or ideology
  7. To resist jumping into firefighting and better focus on strategic priorities
Because of that ‘moment of truth’ where he resisted his habitual response, remained curious and listened, we were able to move forward with the initiative. The bottom line impact was the equivalent of $3 million per year. That buys a lot of executive commitment!
— V.P. and Executive Sponsor
I was looking for our leaders to apply more of what they already knew. We’ve provided our people with great courses over the years. This program has provided what we were after because of its application focus.
— Vice President, Human Resources
Since taking the OBT program I have made real progress that not only my boss, but more importantly my wife, have noticed. I have changed the way I think. I am applying the process to other goals I have. Thank you - I am re-energized and living a bigger life!

OUR GUARANTEEMake the change and/or improvement you want or your money will be refunded.