Rewire Leadership™

Our New Identity

Rewire Leadership emerged as my top choice after considering at least 100 names. Why? When I described what we've been doing at Authentic Leadership Institute, California over the last 9 years, I heard myself say, "We help leaders rewire themselves. Our focus has been on providing skills to help leaders and teams shift out of reactive survival strategies into more authentic and constructive responses."

Then, I stopped myself and said, "That's it! Rewire Leadership! That's our new name."

And so, our new identity was born. Lesson learned. Trademark in hand. Sipping lemonade.

So what does Rewire Leadership mean? To us it means Unlocking potential in people and teams to create excellence, authenticity, and resilience. If it sounds similar to what we've been doing, that's good.

However, you will see lots of differences in how we interact with you.

  1. Our new website is rich in content.
  2. The website includes the first publication of PeRL, the Process engaged to Rewire Leadership. In the next blog, we'll talk more about how the PeRL walks you through a long-term, rewarding change process.
  3. We will focus on a new topic each month and provide you with an ongoing story about characters who are using Rewire Leadership principles and practices and those who are not. Sally and Donna were the first two leaders who were introduced in this month's monthly article.
  4. We'll present you with theory, activities to explore, and practices to use regularly.
  5. We now have a blog on which you can post questions and comments about the monthly topics. We are hoping this develops into rich dialogues and relationships.
  6. We'll have our associates and other experts contributing to our blog.
  7. Our infrequent newsletter will now be weekly. It will include articles, activities, and practices related to the monthly topic as well as relevant quotes and upcoming events.

And we have many other ideas that we will tell you about and launch as they mature. Stay tuned.

Judith Bell, M.S., Master LHEP™

Judith Bell, M.S., Master LHEP™

Judith is the founder and president of Rewire Leadership Institute®. A master facilitator, consultant, teacher, and coach, she has created and facilitated personal growth, team development and organizational change seminars, coached executives and teams, facilitated strategic planning and high visibility meetings, and supported culture change for over four decades. Judith works with a diverse range of companies from government agencies, non-profit, Fortune Global 500, to small and mid-sized family owned businesses including such organizations as NASA, Seaflow, Total Oil, Restoration Hardware, San Antonio Water System, and Culver Company.

Superb at supporting individuals, pairs, and teams in developing the skills necessary to realize their full potential, Judith helps executives, managers, and staff gain the ability to respond flexibly and rapidly to their changing environment. Through extensive experience and research, she utilizes a number of different approaches including the FIRO theory, systems theory, cybernetics, neuroscience, cognitive, positive, and success psychology.

As one of the world’s leading experts on the FIRO theory, she trains consultants internationally. A consultant’s consultant, Judith mentors facilitators, coaches, therapists and other professionals in the integration of the FIRO theory in their work. From 1981 until 2004, she worked closely with Dr. Will Schutz, the creator of FIRO theory. Independently, Judith developed FIRO Theory Profiling, which has been lauded as the first innovation in the FIRO theory instruments aside from Dr. Schutz’ own developments. She continues to develop courses that synthesize her studies and experience and are based in FIRO theory.

Starting in her teenage years, Judith has been a pioneer in her passion for authenticity, clear communication, and positive change. She is lauded for her ability to see others’ potential and help them realize it—be they individuals, pairs, teams, or organizations. Judith’s zest for life, appreciation for others, and generosity of spirit inspires those with whom she works.

An honor’s student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Judith’s desire and passion to learn about authenticity motivated her to move her studies to The Institute for Creative and Artistic Development (ICAD) in Oakland, California. As the youngest student in their teacher training program, she created and graduated with an undergraduate degree that focused on authenticity through California State University, Sonoma. Continuing on her quest to study authenticity and creativity, Judith began taking courses at California State University, Hayward where she also created and graduated with a unique Master’s degree that focused on communication, transformation, and the creative arts.

Interested in systems and change, Judith began experimenting with her innovative action-oriented approach to assess and intervene with families, groups, and organizations. Through this work, she became a much sought-after instructor, training masters and doctoral students in her seminal work. As chair of a psychology program focused on Creative Arts Therapies at Antioch University, San Francisco, she developed curriculum and continued to serve as guest faculty and lecturer at universities nationwide.

In addition to leading Rewire Leadership, Judith and her husband, Daniel Ellenberg, co-founded Relationships That Work®, where she serves as Vice President. She and Daniel co-authored Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership, which applies the principles of Rewire Leadership Institute® to romantic relationships. Recently, they co-authored a chapter in Mastering the Art of Success: Volume 8. With Matt White, Judith recently co-authored Leading with Courage.

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