BECAUZ Accelerators

A Comprehensive Approach to Change

The BECAUZ Accelerator program utilizes proprietary Processes, Tools and Systems to install transformational change in Leaders, Teams and Organization. This process accelerates change because of our proven processes, dynamic facilitation and an integrated, systemic approach.

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

How can we create a leadership team to transform our firm?

Mike PongonCOOPoint B

How can we most effectively communicate our Real Estate Repositioning offering to add value for our clients?

Tony StewartVice PresidentMcKinstry

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

BECAUZ tailors the programs they offer us to closely align to our business needs. Each and every interaction has its own dynamic, and they are able to adjust what they do, live in the moment, to maximize results and value. That kind of adaptability and dynamism is a core skill you don’t often find.

Walter PuschnerVice President, User ExperienceMicrosoft

BECAUZ are savvy social architects who create environments that lead to extraordinary learning and results. With your help, our 80-person extended leadership team has moved from a “command and control” focus to an “inspire and involve” culture, with alignment and ownership embedded into the leadership ecosystem.

Jacky WrightVPMicrosoft SESIT

With BECAUZ we have consistently generated breakthrough results and have been able to align our teams around transformational strategy. We have built an adaptive organization that flourishes in the midst of uncertainty and innovates to create solutions that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

B.J. MooreVice PreidentMicrosoft - Enterprise Commerce IT

How can we engage our entire organization and partners as leaders to realize our vision?

Senior Director of a field readiness group

How do we get our engineering leads and their teams to perform at even higher levels as we grow and scale our business?

Brett HelselSr. VP EngineeringIsilon Systems, Inc.

What would be possible across teams if we collaborated?

Andrew ClaphamSenior DirectorDesign & Construction

How can we drive team performance, build client relationships and generate a better bottom line?

Erika SchmidtPresident & COOFrause

How can we build a global innovation engine without adding people or additional dollars?

Tyson HartmanChief Technology OfficerAvanade

Leadership Lessons From The Mountains Of Tibet: The Trek Continues


Last week I shared a story from the beginning of my trip to Kham, Tibet, in China’s Sichuan province. This trip was an amazing, life changing opportunity for me. But, as you know, no big opportunity comes without work.


Hiking at such high altitude is physically challenging. We crossed multiple mountain passes greater than 15,000 feet. Your body is in revolt, gasping for oxygen that it simply can’t pull from the thin air. What would be a moderate distance to travel and ascend back home in the Cascade mountain range was nearly impossible here.

tibet-4On this trip I learned the difference between pain and suffering. Pain is a physical sensation. Suffering is what you project onto the situation. It’s your attitude toward the pain; an internal monologue about how you feel and a story that you have control over. You can’t escape pain, but you CAN escape suffering.

During one difficult section of the hike I was really feeling it. Exhausted, in pain and really cranky about it. But then I realized that the more I focused on when this hike would be over, the more I concentrated on the physical sensations, the more I suffered. I latched onto the pain and ranted about it in my head, “This hurts! I want to stop. So not worth it. Why am I doing this?” I no longer saw the beautiful landscape I was walking through or felt the joy of being in this amazing place.

tibet-5I had purchased some Tibetan prayer beads earlier in the trip and learned the quiet chant Tibetan monks use to focus the mind. I pulled the beads out and began that chant as I walked, focusing on the beads and the cadence of the words. To my surprise, the negative internal conversation stopped and I was able to get out of my head and look around, enjoy the surroundings and the hike. I still hurt, sure, but I had found a way to focus on something other than the pain and to just keep moving.

The lesson here for us all is that you can do amazing things if you control your perspective and your attitude. Don’t focus on the pain and how much it hurts, or on what’s going wrong and how unfair it is. Just work with what IS, not what you want to have happen, or hope will happen. Attitude is everything and you get to choose how you feel about what’s happening to you at any given moment.

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