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DAVID SIBBET is founder of The Grove Consultants International, a full service organization development consulting firm and publishing company, located in the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio of San Francisco. For 25 years, he has been helping people work together by transforming their ability to communicate and collaborate in groups. His personal consulting is focused on helping organizations and their management teams clarify and implement their strategic visions as well as facilitating cross boundary communications and culture change. His highly interactive process incorporates panoramic/real-time visualization with well-designed group processes that focus on blending rigorous work on the substance of issues with leadership and team development.

David and his Grove team regularly design and lead strategy, visioning, creativity, future-forces, leadership development, and large-scale system change processes for clients throughout the world. These include working broadly across both private and public interest sectors for large and small organizations in all stages of development. He was involved with the growth of Apple Computer in the 1980’s as a key consultant on their Leadership Expeditions and Apple University. David facilitated the change management team at National Semiconductor during its turnaround in 1990. He has worked at hp and then Agilent for many years, leading strategic visioning sessions for groups and divisions, helping develop leadership programs, and designing Storymaps for special kickoffs and change projects. His private sector works also includes clients like P&G, Nike, Ford Motor Company, Adobe Systems, Juniper Networks, and Raley's.

In Europe David has worked with Barclay’s Bank in London, hp, Ericsson, Novartis, and GM Europe, In Asia he has worked with Hakuhodo advertising in Japan, NSC in Hong Kong and Malaysia, Agilent in Singapore, and IWNC Group in China. He has experience working in India with the Chinmaya Mission.

In addition to private sector work David sustains a diverse involvement with foundations, non-profits, and professional associations like the Ford Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, The Natural Step, American Institute of Architects, the New Media Consortium, the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership program, and the National Park Service. He is currently facilitated 30 NGOs and 8 foundations is a collaborative effort to have the upper Midwest become leaders in clean energy.

David is the author and designer of many of The Grove’s extensive line of process consulting tools and guides, including the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance system, the Sibbet/LeSaget Stages of Organization Model, the Grove’s Strategic Visioning process and related graphic templates, and the Grove’s Facilitation Series.

David holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in English from Occidental College. He was awarded a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in 1965 to study metropolitan public affairs in Los Angeles. For eight years in the 1970’s he was Executive Director and Director of Training for the Coro Foundation, a leadership development institute known for its pioneering work in experience-based education. He began his own organization consulting firm in 1977. In 1985 he took a sabbatical to be a fellow at the San Francisco Foundation, working as an internal organization consultant. Also during the 1970s & 80’s he was a central member of the Arthur M. Young study group at the Institute for the Study of Consciousness in Berkeley, California, studying theories of process. David is a long-time affiliate with the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, a member of the Global Business Network in Emeryville, a long-time member for both the Organizational Development Network and the International Association of Facilitators, and a member of the Thought Leaders Network. David lives in San Francisco with his poet/teacher spouse, Susan.

For further information, explore www.grove.com.

Interests

Piano, gardening, cognitive psychology, writing, kayaking, meditation, traveling, poetry, journaling, playing with my grandchildren, vision questing, epistemology, symbolic philosophy, futures research, deep dialogue, community supported agriculture, complexity theory, cooking and talking with my life-love Susan.