February 22nd, 2014


The Center is a nonprofit organization that promotes human development in the workplace and in personal lives, in the context of today’s highly interconnected, interdependent world. Progressive Impact posts original essays and research findings, and occasional guest posts that address issues about psychological health, wellbeing and success in life, within the rapidly evolving, interconnected 21st Century world.

The blog grows from the work of the Center and from Dr. LaBier’s focus on both individual development and organizational leadership issues in today’s changing workplace. Over the years, Dr. LaBier’s work has addressed ways to resolve the mixture of personal and organizational management conflicts that often undermine effective leadership, a healthy work culture, and personal relationships and psychological health. He consults to senior executives and senior management teams on building effective leadership and positive management practices. His executive coaching for individual executives helps them create greater alignment between their personal values and development, on the one hand; and effective leadership behavior, on the other. Dr. LaBier believes that integrating these is the underpinning of a management culture that supports learning, development, collaboration and commitment – all necessary for dealing with the impact of climate change; for creating sustainable, green practices and bringing them into the “DNA” of the organization; and for evolution towards an emerging new business model; one that combines financial success with serving the common good.

In his psychotherapy practice, Dr. LaBier helps individuals and couples resolve emotional conflicts that impact their personal life goals, relationships and careers. He helps them develop emotional resiliency and growth within today’s turbulent, unpredictable environment; and find ways to create more integration within their lives, an increasing need within the midlife years, from about 35 onward.

Dr. LaBier’s work over the last 30 years grew from his efforts to identify the hidden links between success in our career culture and emotional conflict, which he first wrote about in his highly acclaimed book, Modern Madness. A pioneering examination of how work and career within large organizations affect the potential for emotional and values conflict, it was cited by Daniel Goleman in The New York Times as “In the vanguard…offering sobering insights into the costs of modern success.” it explained why personal and career-related conflicts are often caused, paradoxically, by successful adaptation to the roles, pressures, and culture within organizations and careers.

Dr. LaBier is the author of over 100 articles and book chapters on career, relationship and life development issues for professional journals and the popular press, including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and others. He has been interviewed and quoted in features appearing in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Fortune, The Huffington Post, and others. His work has been the subject of frequent coverage by national print and broadcast media, and he has been a frequent guest on TV and radio shows over the years, including the Today show, NBC Nightly News, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, CNN, FOX; NPR, PBS and others.

His speaking engagements and workshops include such topics as: integrating career success, personal life goals, and internal well-being; emotional resilience in a turbulent world; midlife development; and building a positive management culture.

Dr. LaBier is a clinical professor at The George Washington University; has been a faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry, and has served as a Fellow of the Research Council of Healthy Companies, a nonprofit organization supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

Dr. LaBier is currently working on a new book project about the rise of an orientation among men and women towards integrating careers, personal life goals, and serving the common good. In it, he explains why this new orientation redefines psychological health and emotional resiliency within today’s post-globalized, interconnected world — one in which we are all, in fact, becoming global citizens.

A native of upstate New York, he’s lived in Washington, DC for decades –but still loves New England and New York’s Hudson Valley.

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