We help teams and leaders to develop the trust, communications skills and practices that lead to great work. In every sector, Creative Ground helps:

  • Diagnose and address sources of conflict and dysfunction
  • Create the trust, safety and inclusion that humans need to work well together
  • Develop more effective leadership and communication skills
  • Balance the intelligence of the brain with that of the heart
  • Unleash the imagination to solve problems in new ways
  • Build the work conditions for healthy risk-taking and innovation
  • Assess power disparities in the workplace and facilitate new practices to support change

Our Services. Client testimonials say it best.

“The work that we did with Creative Ground forced us to looks at ourselves and hold each other accountable to how we show up and community with each other.  It’s not easy!  But doing it has opened up new channels of communication; people have conversations with each other instead of grousing or disengaging.  This process has allowed people to bring their authentic selves to work, and showed us how to make our office a more open and welcoming place to all.”

–Michael Jacobsen, Deputy Director, King County Office of Performance, Strategy & Budget

“Creative Ground triggered major change in our team by providing a safe place and encouraging honest discussion without destructive judgment.  We felt heard and it gave us the courage to acknowledge our own voice in a manner that wwas constructive to the team as well as to us as individuals.  They helped us remember we all have something to contribute.  We all have the same goals in mind.  Further, we all have a voice in whatever success we realize.  We so appreciate their help in putting us all back on track that is not only successful but filled with continual learning, openness and fun.”

–Michael Lowe, Seattle Center, McCaw Hall Facility Lead

“Creative Ground’s unique facilitation and problem-solving skills quickly got to the heart of some misperceptions and trust issues that were creating obstacles between two organizations here. In a focused, engaging and non-judgmental way, they helped both sides own up to their blind spots and challenge their assump­tions, leading to improved understanding, trust and respect, and better collaboration.”

–Christie True, Director, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

“Creative Ground’s work with their clients exemplifies the creative habits they are trying to strengthen in us, particularly tolerance for ambiguity, challenging assumptions, risk-taking, self-reflection and persistence. Their approach to designing and implementing projects allows for a truly creative collaboration between their vision and their client’s to achieve the greatest possible impact.”

–Michele Finnegan, Director of Finance, Seattle Parks & Recreation

“Wow.  The feedback from the retreat has been absolutely astounding.  I have never seen the like.  It appears to have been a genuinely moving experience for our folks.  The mandate of forging deeper and new connections to each other, to the institution, and to the cause appears to have been fulfilled, in spades.  Astoundingly good work.”

–Andreas Merkl, CEO, Ocean Conservancy

“Creative Ground did a phenomenal job moderating our retreat.  They not only met our retreat goals, they invented practical and totally custom tools for us to take home and put into practice, all while creating an amazing, memorable experience.  We just hired them for the third time!  I would recommend them to anyone who wants a retreat that is beyond the ordinary and above the bar.”

–Tre’ Maxie, Aspen Institute, Director of Youth and Engagement

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