G. N. Van de Voorde & Associates was founded in 1975 as an Organizational Development Company with a vision to help individuals and organizations realize their developmental potential. This organization later evolved into The Center for Cultural Transformation. "Organizational development," according to Dr. Van de Voorde, "is empowering people to cooperatively work together to achieve their highest potential." He provides the tools and the strategic pathway to facilitate both individual and organizational transformation. Dr. Van de Voorde has helped strengthen organizations in the areas of:
- Leadership Development
- Strategic Planning & Reorganization
- Organizational Ethics
- Team Building
- Cultural Renewal
- Performance Appraisal
- Employee Empowerment
- Consensus Decision-Making
- Communications Skills
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
- Conflict Resolution
Dr. Van de Voorde’s framework for organizational development is enriched through having served a diversity of organizations in the fields of health care, law, transportation, pharmaceuticals, sales, communications, design, and government. Clients include:
- Pactel Meridian Systems
- Los Angeles Unified Courts
- Pacific Bell
- Los Angeles Municipal Court
- Golden West College
- Los Angeles Superior Court
- Sanbao Holdings Limited
- City of Menlo Park
- CPS Pharmaceuticals
- Williams Telecommunications Systems
- Temperament Research Institute
- Dave Transportation
- Long Beach Memorial Hospital
- Three Treasures Antique Gallery
- Hahnemannian Research
- Volunteer Center of Greater Orange County
- The Designory
- Administration Consulting and Services
Dr. Gui Van de Voorde has served as adjunct professor in the MBA, MOAM, MSN, and BA programs at the University of Phoenix and the AA program at Coastline and Golden West Colleges. As a dedicated social scientist, Gui draws on a diverse academic background and a profusion of left and right brain interests. He balances both linear and holistic frameworks in teaching courses that include:
- Organizational Behavior
- Corporate Culture & Climate
- Research Methodology
- Interpersonal Communications
- Quantitative Analysis
- Business Ethics
- Strategic Planning
- Comparative Religions
- Critical Thinking
- Human Relations
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
I have observed that many forms of "help" are not effective because:
- No matter how much pain and confusion people experience - they often passively resist change or actively refuse change
- People often direct their focus on their past rather than on learning how to be present - right here, right now
- People have succumbed to the cultural mindset of being passively fixed rather than learning to proactively empower themselves
- Beliefs and defenses permeate people's consciousness - "help me, but do it in the manner that I want to be helped"
- People don't recognize the difference between "coping" and "learning"
What a person needs:
- Those who suffer from a physiological imbalance or injury, may benefit from the help of a competent medical doctor
- Those who have suffered from psycho-injury or psycho-trauma, may benefit from the help of a compassionate psycho-therapist
- Those who are confused or in crisis; facing the problems and decisions that confront them, may benefit from the help of a wise counselor
- Those who seek freedom from the restrictions, limitations, and contradictions of their conflicting biological and cultural inheritances may benefit from learning Third Order Intelligence
"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Based on over thirty years of experience, I use an educational model rather than a psychotherapy or counselor model.
I observe that most people need to learn:
- What their hard-wired skills and weaknesses are
- What their cultural biases and prejudices are
- What their true needs are
- How to empower themselves
- Skills to accomplish their intrapersonal and interpersonal goals
- What it is like to experience life as a matured being
- How to not identify with their brain's output (the tail wagging the dog)
- True accountability and integrity as contrasted with the social appearance of accountability and integrity
In learning Third Order Intelligence one learns to meet these needs, how to use their full brain, and how to integrate the full use of their brain. The result of learning these simple things is freedom from emotional pain (anxiety and depression) and mental anguish (confusion and mystification).
Educate and Empower your Self
"The voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new horizons, but in seeing with new eyes." ~ Marcel Proust
Born near the home of Peter Paul Reubens in Antwerp, Belgium, Gui Van de Voorde comes from a rich Renaissance heritage of conscious cultural rebirth. He studied to understand and master the conceptual tools needed to discern the patterns of personal and cultural evolvement currently seeking conscious expression in our society.
Gui was sparked by an initial interest in and love of Philosophy, seeking to understand conceptually as much of the world as possible. Building a world view, he resonated most to Pythagoras, Plato, Kant, Locke, and Wittgenstein from the West; and Lao Tzu, Buddha and Idries Shah from the East. The Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Aesthetics, Ethics, and Logic were areas of special interest. He was guided by questions from within that laid a conceptual foundation from which to build a rich intellectual appreciation and framework.
Gui sought to apply the world views learned from philosophy to behavior and this led to the study of psychology. Here he immersed himself in individual development, seeking to understand consciousness, human motivation, human emotion, brain physiology, behaviorism, social interaction, human potential, and individual differences. To balance out the theoretical emphasis he found he had a natural appreciation and talent for the scientific method, excelling in quantitative analysis and research methodology. Pragmatic proof and experience replaced belief and implicit assumption.
Since the meaningfulness of individual behavior requires context, he completed his training as a social scientist pursuing interests in sociology and culture via anthropology. Of special interest was the implicit influence that culture and social expectation have on individual behavior - and that these are largely undetected by the people affected. Interests in history and political science came later. Developing an appreciation of paleontology, astrophysics, and physics provided enough jig-saw pieces to see a larger design.
Grounding human experience in the physical body motivated him to study self-healing and thus many forms of alternative medicine. He learned a holistic appreciation of the body, experiencing the profound healing effects of energy medicine - especially homeopathy and acupuncture. Studying the world views of the Shaman in different cultures helped integrate how the mind, body, emotions, and spirit need to function in an integrated manner. From this integration, it was a simple step to see that Culture and our Social Structure must provide a vital nurturing environment in order to support happiness, meaning, growth, and peace.
Applying an understanding of individual, social, and cultural needs and principles to organizational development empowers the individual and the organization. From here they can envision, strategize, plan, and implement in a manner that supports true underlying harmony, mutually beneficial growth, and balanced empowerment. Both the organization and the individual win.
Seeking to be of service to those who seek to respond to their inner need for personal transformation, Gui helps Cultural Transformation happen in both individual and organizational contexts. The proper blend of education and experience opens new sensibilities that enable expanded empathy and clarity. "A living commitment to Truth and Reality empower one to be fully present in the moment. This is life's most precious gift to us - being fully present in the moment."
Dedicated to both the developmental need of one's inherent individual nature and to the social need for cooperation and conformity, Gui is able to address both of these forces with an integrated mutually enhancing methodology that strengthens both - revealing our optimal relationship with ourselves and the world around us. His previous organizational endeavor "The Center for Cultural Transformation" was a resource for conscious development and integration to meet both individual and organizational needs.
Gui's hobbies include scuba diving, photography, tennis, camping, birding, rollerblading, travel, movies, performing arts, writing, and thoroughly enjoying concepts and ideas. He feels his most important asset is his unrestrained sense of humor.
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls." ~ Matt Cartmill