True North Groups

On Sale Sept. 1

The challenges we face these days are so great that we cannot rely entirely on ourselves, our communities, or our organizations to support us and help us stay on track. We need a small group of people with whom we can have in-depth discussions and share intimately about the most important things in our lives – our happiness and sadness, our hopes and fears, our beliefs and convictions. For the past thirty-five years, Bill George and Doug Baker have found the answer in what they call True North Groups.

Real Stories of True North Groups: 

Here’s a video of a remarkable young leader – Carlton Weatherby – talking about what he learned from having a True North Group. In the video Carlton describes how group members shared their crucibles and the challenges they faced, and how this process helped them become better leaders.

Recent Articles on True North Groups

LeadingBlog Review of True North Groups 
LeadershipNow.com

You can’t do it alone. We often try to, imagining that we can see and know the things we need to know without the discerning eye of a outside point of view. Bill George and Doug Baker remind us in True North Groups... Read More
AMA Interview: Bill George on “True North Groups”
American Management Association 

AMA spoke to Bill George recently for an Edgewise podcast. The following is an edited version of that interview... Read More
Group Therapy for Executives 
Fortune Magazine 

In the past ten years there has been a dearth of corporate leadership -- as evidenced by the dot-com bust, the collapse of such companies as WorldCom and Enron, and the financial crisis. This period could be characterized as "leadership's lost decade." ... Read More
Finding The True North
Ode Magazine

While some groups meet based on quickery interests or community projects, others form specifically to cultivate member self-awareness and human potential... Read More
Leadership Development for the 21st Century
Public Management

Leadership failures over the past decade in business, government, and nonprofit organizations have left many people frustrated and angry with their leaders... Read More
Group Therapy for Executives 
Fortune Magazine 

In the past ten years there has been a dearth of corporate leadership -- as evidenced by the dot-com bust, the collapse of such companies as WorldCom and Enron, and the financial crisis. This period could be characterized as "leadership's lost decade." ... Read More
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More about True North Groups: 

“At various times,” George and Baker write, “a True North Group will function as a nurturer, a grounding rod, a truth teller, and a mirror. At other times the group functions as a challenger or an inspirer. When people are wracked with self-doubts, it helps build their courage and ability to cope.”

Drawing on recent research in psychology and sociology, George and Baker explain why True North Groups are so critical to helping us develop the self-awareness, compassion, emotional intelligence, and authenticity required to be inspired human beings and inspiring leaders . They cover every detail from choosing members, establishing norms, and dealing with conflicts to evaluating progress and deciding when it’s time to restructure. True North Groups provides a wealth of practical resources, including suggested topics for the first twelve meetings, advice on facilitating groups, techniques to evaluate group satisfaction, and much more.

For the millions of people who are searching for greater meaning and intimacy in their lives, this book will help them to grow as leaders and as people—and to stay on course to their True North.