Gordon Training Bloggers


Linda Adams

Linda Adams

Linda Adams is the President and CEO of Gordon Training International (GTI). Ms. Adams is the author of Be Your Best and Effectiveness Training for Women. She has developed a number of GTI’s programs including: Be Your Best, Effectiveness Training for Personal and Professional Development, Effectiveness Training for Women, the Conflict Resolution Workshop for leaders and managers, Be Your Best for university students, and Youth Effectiveness Training for junior high and high school students.Ms. Adams holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from California State University at Los Angeles. She was the wife and partner of Dr. Thomas Gordon for 35 years. Her personal mission is to make the Gordon Model available in as many countries, cultures and languages as possible.

Michelle Adams

Michelle Adams

Michelle Adams is Vice President of Gordon Training International where she has worked for 22 years. Her chief role is being program manager of L.E.T., Conflict Resolution Workshop and Synergistic Selling in the USA and abroad. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies for Elementary Education. She writes a monthly piece for Gordon Model graduates called The Graduate Connection. She loves bad puns, cats, anything purple and thinks Active Listening is the best thing on the planet.

Victoria Benodi

Victoria Benodi has over thirty years experience working in a variety of industries, from retail and restaurants to high tech and defense contractors. She first learned the Gordon Model at the age of 15, and since then has successfully used it with CEOs, employees, and toddlers. The views expressed in the Blogging with Benodi column are solely those of Victoria Benodi, and are not coached, endorsed, or an any way represent Gordon Training International, Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.), or their representatives.

Marie Bryson

I’m a writer, blogger, educator, humorist, and a graduate of Leader Effectiveness Training.

I found the concepts, tools, and skills that I learned in leadership training (lo, these many moons ago) to be not only incredibly useful in my professional life, but also valuable in other ways. Family interactions, social situations, and friendships aren’t all that different from workplace communication, when it comes right down to it. We’re all human beings, and human relations tend to get messy sometimes. When they do, LET has given me a language to describe, assess, and (usually) clean up the mess.

As a Guest Opinionator, I may blog about something I’ve seen in the news recently, or a personal interaction I’ve had, or a (hopefully amusing) experience from my deep past. The only unifying thread will be that I’ll be returning over and over to what I’ve learned as a graduate of LET, and how it’s helped me to view and interact with the world.

Steve Crandall

Steve Crandall

Steve Crandall is President of Crandall Partners, an organizational development consulting practice. He has over 30 years of Human Resource and Management Development experience, and has used the Gordon model in his workshops and classes throughout his career. The perspectives expressed in Mr. Crandall’s Blogs are of his own making, and do not represent those of Gordon Training International or its representatives.

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Larissa Dann

Larissa hails from that Wide Brown Land in the Southern Hemisphere – Australia. Larissa first attended a Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) course over 20 years ago, and has been teaching P.E.T. continuously since 1996. She found the concepts and skills life changing, and wanted to share the benefits by teaching the course to others. Importantly, Larissa endeavours to ‘practice what she preaches’ with her own family. She utilised the skills every day over her 14 years working on a parent help line. Larissa has been a passionate advocate for P.E.T in many arenas, including public policy; writing, researching and presenting conference papers; and writing occasionally for on-line journals. She has recently launched her own website (www.parentskills.com.au), which has encouraged her to dabble in blogging.

Scott Seroka

Scott Seroka

Scott Seroka is a one of 29 Certified Brand Strategists in the U.S. and a Principal of Seroka, a family-owned brand development and strategic communications firm in Brookfield, WI serving the mortgage, manufacturing and professional services industries. In addition to building, enhancing and rehabilitating brands, Scott also works with entrepreneurs and CEOs to structure and maintain cultures of continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Scott graduated from Cardinal Stritch University in ’93 with a BA in Marketing, has been certified in brand development and strategy through the Brand Establishment, and is a graduate of Leader Effectiveness Training through Gordon Training International. In Scott’s former life, he performed regularly at The Second City Improvisational Theater in Chicago.

William Stinnett, Ph.D.

William Stinnett, Ph.D.

Bill has educated and coached more than 10,000 managers in leadership skills. He has facilitated hundreds of management teams. He has received consistently superior ratings in his training seminars, including Leader Effectiveness Training. As a Master Trainer for Gordon Training International Bill has conducted Leader Effectiveness Training Workshops, Train-the-Trainer Workshops, and supervised trainer candidates in a wide variety of organizations across the country and around the world.

Bill also worked for Honeywell where his group developed and implemented a team-based management system that produced a 330% increase in productivity and a 50% reduction of product cost at a prototype facility. Bill began his career teaching at Arizona State University.

Bill has also written many articles regarding organization development for regional and national publications. He also is co-author of the book, Corporate Madness: How to Change the System When the System Refuses to Change.

Over the past fifteen years, Bill has written many articles regarding organization development for regional and national publications. He also is co-author of the book, Corporate Madness: How to Change the System When the System Refuses to Change.

Bud Upshaw

Bud Upshaw

H. Tucker (“Bud”) Upshaw, Ph.D., is Principal Consultant of Upshaw Management Consulting, a management consulting and leadership development resource with offices in Rhinebeck, NY. He is an L.E.T. Master Trainer for GTI and has been conducting L.E.T. Workshops for over thirty years. Bud holds degrees from Vanderbilt and Yale Universities, and received his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. He has been guest lecturer at the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon and at the Institute of Organization Development at Loyola University of Chicago, and has served as Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion and Graduate Faculty Member of the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology at George Williams College.

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Heidi Walker

Heidi is originally from Napa, California but spent nearly 20 years living abroad in London, England and Beijing, China where she first found Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.). Prior to finding P.E.T. she and her husband were stuck in what she calls the “vicious cycle of using punishment and reward.” As soon as she took the course she knew that she wanted to become a P.E.T. Instructor and she has been teaching the course since 2011. Upon returning to the US, two years ago, she started The Parenting Difference, offering the Parent Effectiveness Training Course and workshops to families in the Raleigh, Durham area of North Carolina. She blogs about how she and her family put the skills to use and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Parent. She also writes a weekly blog for her local paper called Parenting for All Seasons. She believes that the Parent Effectiveness Training course is more than just a class, it becomes a lifestyle that impacts all of your significant relationships.

Georgina Watson

I’m a San Diego native, vintage collector and avid cook. My passion for the Gordon Model happened naturally. It’s been an all-encompassing, life-changing journey for me and difficult to imagine my relationships and conflicts before it. (Cringe!) I graduated from the Parent Effectiveness Training Instructor Training Workshop in 2012, which was not only super rewarding, but deepened my understanding of the skills from intellectual to experiential. I’m honored to be a guest blogger here, and excited to share my personal narratives, a la the Gordon Model.

Sheryl Wilde

Sheryl Wilde

Sheryl Wilde has been the Finance Manager at Gordon Training International for the past 12 years. She has more than 30 years of experience in finance, accounting and management. As a freelance writer for the past 20 years, Sheryl has specialized in the area of corporate communications. The opinions expressed in Sheryl’s Blogs do not necessarily reflect the views of Gordon Training International.

Joseph Wilmot

Joe is a former GTI employee, L.E.T. Graduate and passionate supporter of the Gordon Model.  He is now a very successful entrepreneur with his wife and partner, Jodi.    They have introduced L.E.T. into their company and aim to have it be a core part of their culture.  They are the creators and owners of www.shopmahina.com