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Pathwise Leadership Development

True leadership is born from self-awareness and a deeper knowledge of human nature.

Pathwise takes leaders beyond traditional leadership development programs, teaching members to practice conscious leadership. By cultivating a deeper understanding of themselves, their peers and colleagues, Pathwise gives members the ability to skillfully navigate the complexity of organizational dynamics - even while under significant pressure.

Every day, leaders are faced with a myriad of decisions, most of which are driven by psychological factors. Our program educates business leaders in classical philosophical and psychological tenets that are regrettably absent from today’s business school curriculum. These Ph.D. level courses provide members with a thorough foundation in the core principles of neuroscience, analytical psychology, and leadership philosophy and teach participants how to use this knowledge to lead teams, solve problems and manage the underlying human motivations and interpersonal exchanges that are at the heart of every organization.

The program curriculum is taught in a distinctive cohort setting. A group of high level peers meet regularly to discuss and explore course topics and how these concepts relate to their real world challenges.

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Deeper Learning by Design

It's not just about what we teach, but the way we teach it and how we help you to put it into practice.


The Pathwise Program is designed around the time honored principles of Socratic learning: harnessing the power of dialectic questioning and discussion to discover deeper truth. The three key components - the 10 Essentials, the Cohort Learning Experience and Practical Applications - work in concert to provide participants with leadership tools, collegial support and a methodology to immediately put the newly acquired ideas and concepts into practice, with the goal of in-depth understanding and mastery of this high level material.

The Cohort Learning Experience

The learning process is enhanced through the cohort system: participants join a group of peers coming from a breadth of top companies in a variety of industries, for 10 intimate and intense sessions over the course of a year. These meetings are highly interactive and experiential, facilitating deep, conceptual learning and thoughtful discussions of members’ leadership challenges.

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The 10 Essentials

The Pathwise curriculum is based on ten essential principles, drawn directly from the fields of psychology and neuroscience. These core concepts each shape one of the ten course sessions, which together form a toolkit of powerful psychoanalytic skills that can be applied to a host of interpersonal and organizational situations.

  • 1

    Suspension of Attention

    Suspension of attention is a skill; a practice for increasing one’s level of thinking and perception beyond one’s opinions and personal reactions; a step beyond unseen assumptions and mental models. In this session you will learn to differentiate between higher and lower levels of perception and to access and sustain a more strategic level of perception. Suspension of attention is central to the Pathwise Leadership curriculum and will be cultivated through continued practice over the course of the program.                        

  • 2

    Transference Analysis

    Transferences are the powerful yet unseen dynamics coming from yourself and others that can affect you and can create counter-productive reactions in others. By understanding transference, you can then learn to respond to others in ways that result in desired outcomes.                        

  • 3


    Dialectic takes in the principles and structure of the Socratic mode of thinking and discourse. In meetings and during times when critical decision-making is required, you will learn how to elicit maximum creativity, contribution, and motivation from yourself and others.

  • 4

    Cognitive Development

    Cognitive development addresses motivations and perceptions that can shift dramatically and are often dependent upon one’s stage of cognitive maturity (or “Level of Thinking”). You will understand personal stages of cognitive development and learn to assess, predict, and influence behavior based on your understanding.

  • 5

    Psychodynamic Personality Types

    Human behavior can be predicted and influenced by understanding personality types. You will learn to quickly perceive patterns of personality types by using yourself as an instrument of perception. This segment includes a deep investigation into identifying one’s own personality type.

  • 6

    Resistance & Defenses

    Learn to quickly assess the resistance patterns people use. You will learn to manage, remediate, or even overcome resistance to attain mutual goals.  In this segment you will learn the primary types of resistance patterns. By learning your resistance patterns and defenses, you will gain a perspective and understanding of yourself and an understanding of the patterns that can get in the way of your leadership development.

  • 7

    Advanced Listening

    Advanced listening skills are used by top-caliber leaders to motivate and to understand. You will learn how advanced listening compels others to provide you with exact information. At the same time, advanced listening skills will allow you to improve your capacity to better hear and comprehend information. Learn how to listen and understand simultaneously the cognitive, emotional, non-verbal, and unconscious modes of communication.

  • 8

    Intrinsic Motivation

    Human motivation is much more complex than what is commonly understood and leveraged in organizational settings. In this section you will gain a much more effective understanding of human motivation. You will learn how to concretely categorize and discern the most powerful mechanisms of intrinsic motivation, and you will become more effective at understanding how to motivate others.

  • 9

    Systems Thinking

    Systems thinking is a way of understanding complex problems in organizations; problems that cannot be reduced to single individuals or simple processes. People attempt, instinctively, to solve problems in terms of simplified cause and effect relationships. This style of problem solving predominates in leadership behavior today. You will learn basic tools of the systems approach and recognize systems behavior in common situations. This session provides the tools to perceive and intervene strategically in highly complex business scenarios.

  • 10


    Underlying every group or organization are archetypes of universal human interaction patterns. The archetype collectively mobilizes the instinctive part of the brain. Archetypes occur throughout human interaction and have recurred over the two million years of human evolution. Archetypes often arise and operate in organizations out of the accidental formation of archetypal human situations. You will learn how to perceive archetypes operating in yourself and within your organization. You will learn to identify and mobilize more productive and useful archetypes.

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Pathwise in Practice

One of the fundamental benefits of the program is the ability to immediately incorporate the concepts and ideas you learn into your professional and personal life.

Hear our members talk about how the Pathwise program has helped them become better leaders.

The Pathwise system reinforces lessons by tying theoretical concepts to real world business situations. Cohort sessions include rich case studies and iterative practical work. The structure of the program - stimulating and rigorous monthly meetings with a structured, academic curriculum - encourages members to integrate course material into everyday life, internalizing the concepts and ideas through hands-on experience. Interrelated course curricula build off of one another from month to month, allowing participants to collectively evaluate their experiences with the material in practice.

For more focused, personalized counsel, Pathwise members meet six to ten times for one on one sessions with a trusted faculty advisor, who is a senior leader in industry and an advanced graduate of the program. These meetings help tie together concepts and individual, critical challenges that members are facing in leadership situations.

  • “I am continually amazed by the impact that Pathwise Leadership has had on my colleagues and me. I recommend the Pathwise Leadership Program for anyone who is looking for that next level of self-discovery and leadership ability. ” Randy Wootton, CEO
    Rocket Fuel, Inc.
  • “Pathwise differs markedly from other executive training programs I have done as it combines a scientific approach partnered with a seriously advanced practical toolset. ” Noah Tratt, Global Senior Vice President of Media Solutions
  • “The Pathwise tool "Dialectic" helped me find solutions that would not have surfaced without it. It has resulted, almost immediately, in more objectivity, innovation, and personal authority.” Susan Ireland, Director
    The Boeing Company
  • “I recently finished my MBA and it cost $60,000. If someone gave me the choice between getting my MBA and Pathwise, I would choose Pathwise. I've learned more about myself and how to interact with others through Pathwise in four months than I could have ever imagined.” Mark Webber, Senior Business Manager
  • “I earned my MBA at Harvard and it changed my professional life completely. Similarly, Pathwise is changing my life again - and the changes are more profound. It is fascinating to see many changes that are occurring to me at emotional and behavioral level just in a short period of time.” Hiroshi Sakakibara
    Harvard Business School Graduate 2004
  • 110 Consulting
  • Akamai
  • Amazon
  • Aramark
  • Arellano Consulting
  • BINC
  • Boeing
  • Brenthaven
  • Career Horizons
  • Carena, Inc.
  • Cascadio Corporation
  • CDS Permits
  • City of Seattle
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Concur
  • Crane Aerospace
  • Dahl and Associates
  • Divergent Venture Partners
  • DS-IQ
  • Echo Technology
  • Empire State Building
  • Epic Seats
  • Expedia
  • Facebook
  • Founders Circle
  • Game Loft
  • Global Footprint Network
  • Global Media
  • Google
  • HomeStreet Bank
  • IDEO
  • Interbrand
  • Inviso
  • Johnson Barrow Inc
  • King County
  • KOKO Marketing
  • Layer, Inc.
  • Leadership Tomorrow - Seattle
  • Logic 20/20
  • MediaVest
  • Medium
  • Microsoft
  • Motricity
  • MRA Services
  • Objective Medical Assessment Corp.
  • Omnicom Group
  • PACCAR - Kenworth
  • Produxs
  • Remote Medical International
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • Shiftpoint
  • Slalom
  • Space Needle
  • Stupski Foundation
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • The Natori Company
  • TMX Aerospace
  • Treskin Design
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • Vera Fitness
  • Vistage
  • Wimmer Solutions
  • Windmark Partners
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Let's Talk

New cohorts are being formed on a regular basis. Groups of ten participants meet each month for three hours to learn the curriculum over the course of a year. If you have any questions or would like to become a member we would love to hear from you. Our faculty welcomes the opportunity to speak by phone or set up an in-person meeting.

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