What’s it like to work with me?

Here’s what other people have said in unsolicited emails I’ve received from clients, colleagues, and workshop participants, sometimes many years after working together…

…I tell them Michael Herman is one of those people you meet once and never forget, the kind of person you have one conversation with and it changes your life. –vice president, strategic planning and customer excellence, fortune 500 industrial design equipment maker

…you really know how to bring people together. –business owner, chicago

…I appreciate your observing, articulating, living with, and working to change deep patterns …in yourself, in the groups you work with, in the world, and in the Mind that we all share (are). And that you take relationships more seriously than anything else. –author, friend and colleague, san francisco

…you are the spirit of invitation, embodied. You created a kind of space, where I was able to spill out all the pieces of my story and my hesitations and my preconceptions about what would and wouldn’t work. You very easily perceived the potential invitations in all of those pieces, and gave me a direct and very encouraging, energizing, experience of how inspiration and order can emerge very rapidly from a bit of chaos! –assistant dean, washington

You opened my mind to possibilities and dreams that have influenced my teaching about organizations and in my private practice of clinical psychology. Sometimes we touch each others lives in profound ways. Our conversation was one of those signature events in my life. I’m not sure that I have words to articulate what changed, but in short, I began to understand at a gut level what large systems are all about and the fractal nature of both organizations and people. –business professor and clinical psychologist, chicago, five years after our conversation

…Thanks for organizing a remarkable board meeting. I have been on publicly-traded REIT boards, other for-profit boards and countless nonprofit boards, but this type of working board meeting is unique in my experience. It was the best board meeting experience I have ever had and it was also a delight spending time with all of you. ¬†–association board member and ceo of member organization

My job has more meaning. Networking opportunities happened in a short period of time. The number of connections I made (in two days) would have taken me four months under normal circumstances. I can help put ideas to work. It is no longer talk. Action will be taken. PASSION has been ignited. –statewide summit participant

our National Meeting was a roaring success — many felt it was our best ever. It was universally appreciated and praised. While I was confident it would work and people would like it, I knew many were anxious and doubtful. And I never expected universal endorsement. I’m deeply grateful to have had this opportunity — to shadow Michael, to feel the power within our organization, and to have the seed of our new culture self-organize and take hold. –internal od/learning specialist

…thank you for helping make yesterday’s meeting an unqualified success. I am a true believer. We should consider adopting this format for every meeting. It can be one of the aspects our group will be known for. I’m sure the word will spread and our attendance will climb rapidly and regularly. There was so much energy and enthusiasm in the room. –internet entrepreneur and network organizer, chicago

I’m just back from facilitating my first Open Space …I have great appreciation for your suggestion to leave the room and get a coffee once the market place opens up. Good grief. It was pandemonium. …want tell you how much I value your help. Your input and coaching boosted my confidence and my skill. And I had fun! Your coaching on the phone was the best workshop I never attended. Thanks! –consultant, Halifax, Nova Scotia

…Michael Herman’s work has been most useful in adapting this stuff for me. And there are many others, including Stuart Kauffman, Meg Wheatley, Angeles Arrien, David Bohm… Fritjof Capra, Pema Chodron, Otto Scharmer… and Peter Senge who have all been influential in helping to map the territory I find myself on as a result of using Open Space. consultant and facilitator, vancouver BC

Many thanks, Michael. Time to act. –consultant, hong kong

Michael…the seed that you planted has grown into many plants with many practitioners active in Singapore. The charts you left behind are still with me! (nearly ten years later) — OD consultant, singapore

Another big thank you for the exciting and expansive dialogue during our mentoring session. Though the implications have not completely taken form, there have been immediate results. The meeting two days later with the client who is forming a new organization took a different direction. They chose leadership from those who have passion and responsibility for the organization and decided to keep the organization open without registration and dues, but fueled by the creativity of those who wish to donate time, energy and money. The large group facilitation next month should be very exciting. The leadership is thinking open space and out of the box. I am sure that this happened because you helped me see alternatives with this client and I allowed the possibilities to emerge in the group. A similar situation occurred with another international client this week. –consultant and facilitator, chicago

right after the workshop, I used the concepts in an innovation session that we were having with a product development group. We just used a portion of the process, but it worked beautifully. My other instructors helping me with the session said “Wow, they did not come up with any of the common, usual and expected ideas. They really went beyond the ordinary.” So even in abridged versions it works. –internal OD consultant, chicago

Please keep sharing your experiences. It gives us tremendous energy. I have opened space in all my workshops since (the Mumbai workshop) October and it has really been well received. I have not been conducting Open Space in the classic version but have blended it with my style of working. It has been working wonders. I will be doing a series of workshops for the community of doctors, nurses etc in service orientation and hope to use this technology. OPEN space to OPEN hearts. –community organizer in mumbai, india

I am so honored to know a peacemaker who gives his life in the service of greater peace in the world. Thank you for your commitment and contribution to Life. –executive coach, consultant and director, chicago

You run a wonderful workshop… I had a great experience! Learning by doing is always the way to go and this was no exception. I feel pretty confident going into this week’s meeting (where I will use Open Space right away). I’ve posted my notes… –director, teaching excellence academy, chicago

I used Open Space for the first time at our division retreat last Thursday and Friday. It worked spectacularly. I was running late coming in the second morning and left a message for them to get started without me. I arrived 20 minutes after the scheduled start time and the room had 4 work groups following up from the previous day with unexpected junior individuals standing at flip charts, driving the discussions. It was a “home run” as far as I am concerned. Thanks for all your help and insights. –vice president, consulting and education, boston

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