About Us

We are a triad without a name (at least none we can share in a public forum) currently in the Tribal Leadership Approval process.  This site is our place for sharing our thoughts and experiences going through our leadership quests, playing together and sharing our passion with the rest of the world.

Our triad leadership declaration

In the Tribal Leadership world, triads create and use their leadership declaration to share their values and their noble cause.  Here is our triad leadership declaration:

“Our core values are passion, purpose and provocation; unleashing people to find and serve their noble cause.”

Through our website, this is the place where we will be coming from as a Triad. You will have the opportunity experience us in our all our passion, provocation and general craziness together, we hope you will enjoy the ride!

Our triad

We are a triad but we are also individuals… ;)  This section will introduce you to who we are.

David Brown

David Brown

David Brown

David Brown is an Executive Coach who is passionate about people being totally engaged in life, with a sense of purpose and sharing their gifts. Since we spend most of our waking hours in the workplace, he sees leadership as playing a key role in creating workplaces that are also lifespaces, where people can be their greatest selves, with passion, purpose and engagement. It’s a formula where everyone wins: shareholders, employees, customers and families. His focus is in the area of conscious leadership and organizational culture.  David coaches leaders, including C-suite executives, senior managers, professionals and entrepreneurs

David has a Masters degree in clinical psychology and was a licensed therapist for over 17 years before receiving advanced training in individual and organizational coaching from The Newfield Network in 1998. He was also past president of the local chapter of the International Coach Federation, of which he was a longtime member. David’s been active in his local community including serving for over 14 years as a Board member for The Daily Bread, which feeds the homeless.

David lives in Melbourne, Florida with his wife Jill, one cat, and a menagerie of sculptures he crafts from clay. His wife, an Occupational Therapist, is also a Fiber Artist and occasionally they collaborate in their art as they do in life. David also brings that same whole brain creativity to his work. In his spare time he can often be found on the disc golf course or around his fire pit. Yes it gets cold in central Florida! He likes laughing til he cries, hiking, camping, and unbridled dancing that embarrasses his two adult sons.

 

Carrie Kish

Carrie Kish

Carrie Kish

Carrie Kish is the founder Leadership Lab and Leadership in Action, a non-profit project.  Her work is born out of her passion for developing leadership in entrepreneurs, coaches and non-profit leaders who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills without access to formal leadership training and development.  Her passion is to help people explore themselves as leaders so that they will live a life of passion and purpose while making a positive contribution in their own lives, their families, their communities and the world.

As a serial entrepreneur, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and a certified “Get Clients Now” facilitator, Carrie teaches her clients simple and effective strategies to take their businesses and their lives to the next level. Carrie is a CTI Leadership Graduate, a Mastery University Graduate, a Leadership Mastery Graduate and a UCLA Graduate.  She also volunteers her time developing teens through her church, as a Youth Mentor with Step Up Women’s Network and as the President of The International Coach Federation in Los Angeles.

Carrie lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband of 24 years and their 4 sons and three dogs.  She thinks that being a wife and a mother may qualify her as a leader more than any of her other credentials.  She likes climbing trees, laughing, dancing, going to the movies, reading and all things Apple.  She loves to travel and thinks that world travel provides an opportunity to grow and expand yourself and your world view unlike anything else.

 

Steffan Surdek

Steffan Surdek

Steffan Surdek

Steffan Surdek is a senior consultant at Pyxis Technologies.  He worked in various roles in software development for over sixteen years and now works as an Agile Coach with software development teams to help them adopt agile practices.  Steffan also works with management teams to help them define their agile adoption strategy and help them better understand how to adjust to their role of supporting their teams in an agile context.  Through Pyxis, Steffan gives public and private training sessions on various topics surrounding Agile practices.

Steffan loves to share his thoughts and ideas by writing articles for magazines or his web site. He co-authored a book called “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum” with Elizabeth Woodward, Matthew Ganis and the IBM Agile Community.  Steffan regularly presents at conferences and user groups to talk about Agile practices with distributed teams and Tribal Leadership.

Steffan discovered the Tribal Leadership world in 2011 when he followed the Tribal Leadership Intensive course.  Coaching teams and going through the program is forcing him into slowly rediscovering to his human roots after over 20 years of being a serial achiever.  Steffan lives in cozy Saint-Lazare, Quebec with his girlfriend of 22 years (that’s right, they are not married!), their two kids and the cat.  In his spare time, he writes, prepares talks (wait, that sounds a lot like work but somehow, he claims it’s relaxing and fun!).  He also likes watching movies, playing video games with his kids, building furniture and playing hockey.

 

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