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ZENITH KALEO - What is it?

There is a question that goes around and around whenever I mention that I am the founder of the life development firm 'Zenith Kaleo'. Everyone's first response is, "What? What in the world is that?" That is either good or bad depending on how you look at it.

It can be bad because it uses words that most people are not familiar with being zenith and kaleo, but it can be good for that very same reason because it evokes the question and creates a potential discussion.

"Zenith Kaleo." - What is it?

I have invested the decades of my life in people development. It is the thing I love to do most which is see people succeed at new and greater levels, finding their stream. If you study the ancient tribes from around the world you learn the vast majority of them all had in one form or another what was considered to be the individual's 'Vision Quest' experience which established something akin to an internal compass within the person.

The vision quest was unique to the person. It is like the bullseye on the target and like the saying attributed to the famous Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, "If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably wind up somewhere else" it is true for you and I. Yogi's statement is an apt description of you and I when we lose touch with what I refer to as our 'genesis point'.

My first forays in the people development world was as what you might call a 'Youth Counselor' working in the 70's (yes that's the 1970's) with the Hippie culture from which I emerged myself after a transformative spiritual experience that reshaped the entire trajectory of my life.

After that, my people development expanded to include not just a continuation with youth, but with single adults, married couples and whole families in a pastoral care style role. It was during that time, full of activity in church planting, traveling both as an in country and international speaker, a spiritual teaching and training course developer, a public speaker 4-5 times a week or more, advisor and helper to other pastors, the founder and principle of a private school, etc and etc, that I ultimately overstepped my given energy, hit the wall, spun out, crashed and burned and spent a long time wondering, "What just happened there?"

Working through the accompanying "God has abandoned me forever" issues, and realizing what I thought was the way I was supposed to go didn't actually fit the me that God had created me to be, adjustments were made along the way and I emerged once again. I was alive!

One size does not fit all, after all and experience, which sometimes looks exactly just like massive failure, is a magnificent teacher.

Because people development is in my heart and is a passion I possess, I invested many of the post-pastoral years in small circles of friends as well as applying my skills in the development of athletes as a coach, stemming all the way from T-ball into the Pro-Am Baseball leagues, Youth Football, and Basketball, and in addition to that, founding and running my own specialty construction business, eventually working as a Vice President of Marketing for a financial services firm, and after leaving there, I became a writer, artist and ultimately founding what is now here for you as Zenith Kaleo.

But people...people...and people...are my passion. To see people grow, develop, and find their groove in life as they discover their gifts and learn to build on their signature strengths, things that many times due to other influences have been deeply buried and suppressed within them, is one of my most personally rewarding functions in life.

I was made for this. It's like raising people from the dead.

I'm a gift finder and a growth facilitator and that is what Zenith Kaleo and The Kaleo Method are all about.

I will explain more in the next few blog posts, but in short Zenith Kaleo stands for the discovery and implementation in the individual, or associated group of individuals (including business entities) what would be known as their "High Calling".

There is a point of genesis within each of us that is unique to us and the same is true for associated groups of individuals and business entities. What is that genesis point? At the genesis point is the furnace of your most passionate life.

Understanding that genesis point and learning to cooperate with its powerful force, leads to amazing states of happiness as well as productivity. That is what I want for you. I think that is what you want for you too.

So often in the day to day management of life, responding to all of the voices calling for our time and life energy, we lose that founding or genesis point and try as you might, you just can't seem to get it back, discovering at some point, and sometimes at a very critical point, you are out of synch with your own self and out of your groove, that being the sweet spot where you are most effective and that delights you at the same time to no end.

The thought wafted my way while I was in prayerful meditation one day, "If you don't know who you are...you don't know who you are to be."

This is true. I took it to be the voice of God.

Zenith Kaleo stands for that high calling, that peak knowledge of who you are, and your peak performance in being the best version of the integrated you that can exist today.

Through the Kaleo Method, people engage in new ways the process of growth facilitation.

Rand - Growth Facilitator and Founder of Zenith Kaleo

Next Blog: Growth and Growth Facilitation


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