Denver

October Speaker: Jonathan Manske, How Our Brains Get in the Way of Success

Jonathan Manske is the world’s only Cerebral Sanitation Engineer. He has created unique and highly effective tools and strategies to help people “take out their head trash”.

About Jonathan:

I have been studying people, potential, and performance since the late 1980’s.

I am tremendously passionate about assisting people to let go of their limitations, remember their magnificence, and pursue their greatness!

To this end I have created many unique and powerful tools, techniques, and strategies that create positive and meaningful change in people’s lives.

The question I am asked so often is, “How did you get started with what you do?”

As a kid, I remember hearing people complain about their jobs. This never made any sense to me. I remember thinking, “If you do not like what you are doing then go do something else. Life is too short to waste.”

So even as a kid, I had curiosity about quality of life and how one goes about creating and living a great life.

In college I was a biology major and my plan was to go to medical school. I took the MCAT (medical college admissions test) and it was time to start applying to medical schools.

Then three things happened that caused me to hesitate.

A retired doctor friend urged me to not go to medical school. He felt that the field of medicine had become too restrictive and that there was no freedom to really practice medicine the way it should be practiced. His advice really shocked me.

My mom had a heart to heart talk with me. She told me that she did not think that I would be happy being a doctor. She did not believe that it was the right fit for me. Her advice made me wonder. (She’s a smart lady!)

Then I had a heart to heart with myself. I realized that I was experiencing an incongruency. I did not like going to the doctor and would only go if I was gravely injured. I also had some serious questions about the benefits of medicine. My father’s life was extended by ten plus years but the quality of that time was another matter altogether. Yet, I was still planning on becoming a doctor. That did not make much sense to me.

So, I decided to have an altruistic adventure and join the Peace Corps while I figured this out. This seemed like a far better option than going through the hassle of applying, spending $50,000 (or whatever a year of med school costs) and putting myself through the brutal first year of med school when I was not certain that was what I really wanted to do.

In the Peace Corps, I served in The Philippines as a freshwater fisheries specialist.

While in The Philippines, I was exposed to the philosophy of Eastern health and wellness and treating causes rather than symptoms. This made so much more sense to me than the Western medicine paradigm ever did. (The really funny thing about this is that I went to college at CU Boulder and Boulder has a huge alternative health community. But I turned a blind eye to that scene for 4 years and then traveled half way around the globe to discover what existed in my own back yard.)

Then I met and started studying with an energy-healing master. I really dove into that world. Through all the work I did, I first learned to feel energy and soon after developed the ability to see energy.

Even though I studied for a while with the energy-healing master, my greatest teacher was my own curiosity. I figured out many advanced techniques before they were taught to me. When I got into a situation that seemed to be over my head, I did not panic. I just got curious and a new angle, strategy, tool, or technique would appear. I learned so much from the people I worked with.

I have worked with thousands of people with everything from headaches to terminal cancer.

Ultimately I developed my own unique body of healing work.

June Speaker – Bob Vanourek, Leadership Wisdom from the Masters

Leadership expert and award-winning author, Bob Vanourek is the former CEO of five companies, ranging from a start-up to a $1 billion company. Bob is the author of two award-winning books: Leadership Wisdom: Lessons from Poetry, Prose, and Curious Verse and the co-author of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, called “the best leadership book since Jim Collins’ Good to Great.”

Bob is a former board member or chairman of eleven organizations, an adjunct university instructor on leadership, and a high honors graduate of both Harvard and Princeton universities.

Bob will read inspiring passages from some of the masters of literature with deep meanings for all of us. After each passage, brief interactive discussions will be held among DAB members about the lessons we can glean from these masters for practical applications in our busy lives. Be ready to dive deep, think hard, and be inspired by the masters.

December Speaker: Chris Natzke, Creating a 2018 Plan for YOU

Have you ever created exciting plans for the new year only to wake up a few months after the beginning the new year to find you have not begun work on any of them?

In this dynamic and engaging presentation, life-leadership coach, martial arts master instructor and former national champion, Chris Natzke, will share strategies for creating a powerful annual plan and share championship tools to assist you to stay on track throughout the year. 

Topics include:

1)  Process is Primary – Determining where you are, where you want to go and WHY

2)  Living a “Be/Do/Have” Life – Embracing empowering ways of BEing to positively impact your life

3)  Forward Focus Thinking – Moving “Through” not “To” by using obstacles for your learning, upliftment and growth

4)  Making the Way Clear – Releasing distractions so you can fully focus on your intentions for the new year by using the 5 D’s

5)  The Power of the Plan – Pre-Planning for success and preparing for when thing DON’T go right

6)  Inspired Action – Moving out of your Comfort Zone, avoiding your Panic Zone and living in your Stretch Zone

For over four decades, Chris Natzke has been a dedicated student and teacher of the martial arts, achieving the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt/Master Instructor, ranking him in the top 1% of all martial artists in the world.  Also an accomplished national competitor, Chris won the United States National Taekwondo Championships in 1999.  In 1995, he left a very successful career in corporate sales to create his martial arts organization, the Colorado Alliance of Martial Arts (CAMA).  Since that time, the lives of thousands of students (both children and adults) and their families have been positively impacted through his teachings, with over 600 students reaching junior and advanced ranks of Black Belt. 

Now Chris is taking his impactful message beyond the walls of the martial arts school and out into the world.  Businesses and organizational leaders are positively impacted by his message highlighting his “7 Qualities of Black Belt Leadership”.  These qualities represent his journey over four decades in martial arts, personal development, motivation and leadership.  In addition to his work with companies and organizations, Chris has also impacted thousands both in the Denver area and nationally through his “Kindness Counts” program.  Through his programs, school-age children are taught bully-proofing verbal self-defense skills as well as the benefits of non-violent conflict resolution.  As a result, over 250,000 documented random acts of kindness have been generated in the Denver community since 2005.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.  He is also the author of the newly published book, Black Belt Leadership: 7 Keys to Creating a Life of Purpose by Discovering Your Inner Champion.

Chris Natzke’s principles of success and leadership have transformed the lives of literally thousands of students, business professionals and organizational leaders. His message of inspiration, empowerment and belief in one’s self, leaves audiences moved and inspired to take decisive action in creating the lives and careers of their dreams while making a positive, profound and lasting impact in their world.