“When Kevin taught our team how to balance each other’s leadership styles using The Five Elements, it has resulted in our best year of collaboration. There are times where we all know we can jump head first into a task and finish it quickly, and there are times where we know we need to take a step back and see if we are headed in the right direction or if we need to take a change of course. We communicate better and meet our team goals with less stress for all.”

Vanessa Romero, Deputy Superintendent – Santa Fe Public Schools

The Five Elements: A Framework for Organizational Health, Professional Growth, and Personal Well Being, provides a common-sense approach to analyze systems, cultures and leadership styles within a context of change.  Through this framework, leaders acquire the capacity to transform challenges into opportunities for constructive organizational design. Practitioners build skills in the use of tools that help teams align overall strategies, values and relational dynamics with day-to-day operations.

Drawing upon fundamental and universal tenets from organizational development, science, business and nature, this approach enables leaders to manage change through the application of The Five Elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal) and their corresponding organizational stages and leadership attributes.

At its core, The Five Elements helps leaders maximize personal and organizational results in healthful, balanced, and beneficial ways. Building awareness of how the elements interact, and skill in managing these interactions to influence processes, shape perceptions, and align values, fosters positive outcomes. The Five Elements is particularly effective in the following areas.

Organizational Systems and Design
Creating a harmonious work environment by contributing to the design and development of the operating and administrative systems.

Communication & Conflict Resolution
Assessing group and interpersonal dynamics in a way that is affirming of differing views, non-threatening and practical.

Leadership Development
Acknowledging the spectrum of leadership styles and providing a model for processes to develop with constructive and harmonious outcomes.  In addition, it gives leaders a tool to maximize the strengths of each person involved.

Team Building
Analyzing teams and workgroups in a way that clarifies roles and responsibilities based on the inherent strengths and gifts of each individual.  In this manner, an effective and mutually-supportive team can be maintained.

Strategic Planning & Implementation
Addressing the philosophy, premises and processes involved in strategic and project planning.  Moreover, it provides a good method of integrating a strategic plan from the written report to actual implementation.


Organizational Stage:

Leadership Attributes:
The Philosopher


Organizational Stage:

Leadership Attributes:
The Networker


Organizational Stage:

Leadership Attributes:
The Protector, The Achiever


Organizational Stage:

Leadership Attributes:
The Visionary, The Optimist


Organizational Stage:

Leadership Attributes:
The Caregiver, The Facilitator, The Rock

There are several ways to integrate The Five Elements into your organization.  The most effective method is through a customized program that draws upon an established curriculum but is tailored to your needs. The program works best if it is integrated over a period of time, allowing for people to become familiar with the concepts and try them out before the next training session. 

We can also co-create series workshops, which is especially useful for general audiences, conferences and groups or organizations in the midst of a strategic planning process or in their early stages of development.