John Blakinger began his career 27 years ago as a Systems Engineer for EDS when he thought automation was the answer to organizational performance. Since recognizing that people need more than a tool to achieve, John started working on improving process and leading people. Over the last 10 years John has focused on team/community achievement within corporations, governmental agencies and NGOs. He holds leadership positions on voluntary boards including The Customer-Supplier Division of ASQ, and the Citizen Advisory Committee for Groundwater Protection in South Deschutes and North Klamath Counties. John is an avid snowboarder and lives in Sunriver, Oregon with his wife Teresa, owner of ConceptsCaptured – who did the graphics on the site and in the book.

Greg Ranstrom brings over 25 years of experience in helping leaders to flip organizational chaos and conflict into creative cross-functional solutions. Greg directs the AmericanLeadershipForum  Fellows Program and facilitates collaborative responses to community challenges. Greg started his career with Princeton-Blairstown Center running Outward Bound® inspired programs for disadvantaged youth and Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Greg lives in Bend Oregon with his wife, artist AlisaHuntley, and their three children, Madeline, Claire, and Cole.