About Eric Klein
I grew up in New York City
But, my summers were spent at a place called Fire Island – a narrow spit of sand lying between the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. That’s where I first learned about turning “big ideas” into reality.
My big idea, back then, was to put on Fire Island’s 1st Kid-run Carnival. It took my friends and me two weeks to prepare the games, contests, and carnival rides. We stapled posters advertising the Kid-run Carnival on all the telephone poles within biking distance.
It was a huge success. We were overrun with customers. The Fire Island News came and took photos and interviewed me about the “big idea”.
The Kid-run Carnival taught me that if you have a big idea and pursue it with focus and discipline, you can make it real.
Since 1989, I’ve helped over 18,000 people bring big ideas to life in their work
I’ve worked in a wide variety of settings: Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, municipal, governmental and non-profit organizations as well as mid-size companies. I’ve worked with individuals and teams. They’ve been corporate executives, middle managers, nurses, engineers, mayors, city planners, and factory workers.
I’ve found that every person wants to contribute, to create, and to grow
Everyone has this urge to contribute in ways that matter. It’s part of our human nature. People, in every department and discipline, want to invest themselves in big ideas. They want to be part of something that matters.
By working with thousands of clients I’ve learned a lot about human motivation and how to focus it so people become more engaged, more accountable, and more innovative at work.
I combine my real-world experience with extensive study & meditation
I’m a passionate student of human development, leadership, and spiritual traditions. I read at least 100 books a year – in these areas, primarily. I’ve had a meditation practice for 40 years. (And I’ve taught meditation for 25 years).
It’s this combination of real-world experience, with deep study and meditation, that has led to the unique approach I call – ResistanceFree Change.
What I’ve discovered is that change doesn’t have to be a struggle.
Change can be resistance-free. If you connect with the deep drives for growth, learning, and making a difference that motivates human behavior.
I’m sure that growing up in a family of entrepreneurs & artists biases me towards seeing people as fundamentally creative. As a child, I saw adults pursuing big ideas in business and the arts.
My maternal grandparents came to this country as immigrants and built a prosperous fashion company in the garment district of New York City. My father dropped out of dentistry school to be an entrepreneur. My mother was a painter.
I was taught at an early age that success comes from blending creativity and discipline.
I was taught to question the status quo and to keep improving my skills by learning something new every day.
The ResistanceFree Change system is not static. It keeps evolving and deepening.
Through interaction with clients (as well as continuous learning) our programs have become both simpler and more powerful.
In addition to working with thousands of people, my work has been featured on CNN and in the LA Times, HealthCare Forum, The American Medical Journal, Leadership Reflections, Quality and Productivity, and the Association Management Magazine.
My most recent program is You are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For
It’s based on my book, of the same title, which won a 2008 Nautilus Book Award for being a world-changing book promoting positive social change and responsible leadership.
I’m also the co-author of the best selling book Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power of People at Work (over 250,000 copies sold) and To Do or Not To Do: How Successful Leaders Make Better Decisions based on research and experiences with more than 200 companies.
I live by the ocean
My wife, Deborah, and I have two wonderful sons – Nathaniel (www.nathanielklein.com) and Aaron. The boys are out of the house (most of the time). We live a 5 minute walk from the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, California (a classic Southern California beach town in San Diego’s North County).
Our town is mentioned in the Beach Boys song Surfin’ USA! Encinitas is a laid-back surfer paradise and home to the world’s largest poinsettia farm. Our two sons, Nathaniel and Aaron are both surfer dudes.
Deborah and I enjoy walking on the beach, playing in the ocean, teaching meditation, and creating our own peaceful oasis at home.
Please feel free to call (760) 436-5535 or email me – firstname.lastname@example.org – with any questions. I would love to hear about the big idea that’s inspiring you.