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Do People Around You Waste Valuable Time And Energy NOT Taking Ownership For Obvious and Important Problems?

  • You strive to be efficient but lose a lot of time to resistance and defensiveness around you
  • You want to improve productivity but keep rehashing old issues
  • You try to introduce change but banging your head on the wall hurts

Confidently Lead and Coach people to Take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership with The Responsibility Process

The Responsibility Process 200x239 copyApplied research over the last twenty-five years on the front lines of leadership about how personal responsibility works in the mind (how we avoid it and take it) now makes it possible for coaches and leaders to understand and apply the mental processes and language of personal Responsibility.

Working with The Responsibility Process will lead you to insights and a-ha’s about your behavior that may cause others to avoid Responsibility and Ownership. These same insights and a-ha’s will show you what you can change so that others step up to Responsibility and Ownership.

Inspire those around you to demonstrate far greater ownership behavior as individuals, and in teams and enterprises. You will add more value as your team or clients take ownership; practice self-leadership; and learn, correct, and improve more easily, directly, and quickly.

Each participant will receive:

  • The Responsibility Process -  3d-book300x348Your own copy of Christopher’s new book: The Responsibility Process – Unlocking Your Natural Ability to Live and Lead with Power – a $20 (USD) value
  • A certificate of completion you can use to claim professional development or continuing education credits from your association.
  • Free admission to a follow-up webinar with Christopher one to two months following the workshop
  • $100 coupon toward your first year’s membership in The Leadership Gift Program


"Over the last year 350 people in 9 countries have become way more productive than we ever imagined they could be. Our agile processes are successful primarily because everyone takes ownership by understanding and practicing The Responsibility Process™. Today we produce twice the software with half the headcount."
-Judith Mills, Vice President Product Eng. Ops., CDC Software, Atlanta, Georgia


"This can change your life."
-Sergey Dmitriev, Executive Agile Coach, Oslo, Norway



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Workshop details

8:00am-8:30am - check-in and coffee
Learning The Responsibility Process
Applying The Responsibility Process and Keys to Responsibility for self-leadership
Teaching The Responsibility Process for shared understanding

Lunch 12:30pm-1:30pm

Responsibility ≠ Accountability
Agility and Responsibility
Elevating responsibility in others
Intervening as a leader or coach

Adjourn 5:00pm

Cancellation Policy

You may substitute anytime. Cancel more than 4-weeks prior for a full refund. You may switch session dates any time. No refunds after switching a session date.


  • Leave this workshop ready to apply what you learn about yourself and others
  • Understand how your mind uses The Responsibility Process to keep you stuck or propel you forward
  • Improve how you demonstrate, lead, and coach ownership behavior with the tools and activities you will learn
  • Understand the difference between accountability and responsibility and the mental processes they invoke in you and those you lead
  • Learn how to invite and allow others to try on what you will learn, what is required and where the pitfalls lie
  • Realize why giving advice may be the weakest tool you have available—and what you can do that’s more effective
  • Evaluate and choose the basic tools to support your success in practicing and teaching ownership behavior
  • Address your important topics and interests that intersect with this content


Work directly with The Responsibility Process and The Keys to Responsibility to practice leadership and coaching tools that Christopher and his students in The Leadership Gift Program apply with their teams and clients.
Teams that attend together will leave with a new shared language for highly effective leadership, teamwork, change, and performance. 

 Get certified to teach this workshop

Internal and external trainers, in two days you can be trained and certified to teach this one-day workshop. As a bonus, you will also be trained and certified to teach the half-day Intro to The Responsibility Process.

Why teach The Responsibility Process workshops? There is growing demand to understand and apply The Responsibility Process for a better and more productive way to live, coach, and lead.

What are the details? There are three steps:

  1. Train-the-Trainer - Attend this workshop as a participant. Then immediately attend the Train the Trainer workshop on the following day with Christopher Avery. See the “combo” registration ticket for this two-day option.

  2. Certification - The annual certification fee of USD $997 is billed separately. This includes annual membership in The Leadership Gift Program where you deepen your personal mastery of The Responsibility Process and related tools.

  3. Licensing - When you deliver a session to any size audience, you pay a simple license fee.
  • One-day workshop = USD $400 USD
  • Half-day workshop = USD $200 USD

This fee is 2x for the first delivery each year (i.e., USD $800 for the first one-day workshop).

Contact us with questions.

What participants say...

"Extremely engaging, entertaining and educational workshop! The Responsibility Process is a simple and powerful model for understanding our reaction to anxiety/conflict. Understanding the model will help direct you to operate from a position of responsibility sooner when conflict arises."
—Chris Woodruff, VP, Bank of America, Columbus, OH

"This experience is for anyone who wants to own their destiny and get to the next level. I was even able to use The Responsibility Process model on my drive home from the workshop. I can't tell you how eye-opening and free it felt to realize that I really do have the power within myself to make changes that are really totally up to me!! Thank you, Christopher!"
—Elaine McCormick, Principal Consultant, Improving Enterprises, Columbus, OH

"This seminar is eye-opening and absolutely essential for developing executive presence, emotional intelligence, and presence of mind."
—Mark Harris, QA Director, Grange Insurance, Columbus, OH.

"This workshop will help you understand why you and people around you respond to problems the way they do. It will make it easier for you to challenge your own reactions and grow on a personal level. It will also make it easier for you to accept the way people around you respond. This model helps you to talk about your reactions and gives you an easy frame of reference that you can use to improve yourself and attain a higher level of personal freedom. It has become a key element of my path towards personal freedom and growth."
—Erik Talboom,, Belgium

"The workshop is a great opportunity to make you step back for a while and think about the internal processes inside your head on how you react to problems. It makes you reframe your natural responses in respect to taking responsibility and take control over this aspect of your life. It puts you in the driver seat again. Christopher Avery has a vast background in the matter and can introduce you step by step. If you want to understand yourself, follow this workshop to get insight in this element of your behavior."
—Filip Vertommen, Agile Program Manager, Vertof Consult, Belgium

"Christopher Avery's Leading and Coaching workshop is one of the most valuable training events I have attended in my professional career."
—Chris Farrell, Senior Consultant, Quick Solutions, Columbus, OH

"A not-to-miss workshop for you and your colleagues. This course was really great. Christopher is inspiring on a topic that is crazy important. It does not matter what your background or role is. Even if you already know about The Responsibility Process, this course goes into more detail on why you are on certain "islands", thereby granting you more insight into improving yourself. You will also benefit from the experience and input from other attendees."
—Tim Schraepen, Developer/Coach/Agilist, Belgium

"This is powerful stuff! Christopher's class is crucial for sharing the insights to unlock your own ability to be responsive to critical situations and to help model behaviors for your teams to be able to do the same."
—Tony Piazza, Project Management Consultant, Indianapolis, IN

"I learned the underlying essentials for success with Agile, and more importantly, for a significant and satisfying human existence - be it in life or in Solution Delivery. This workshop was a transformative enlightening of human nature and specifically what we need to first acknowledge and overcome in ourselves in order to affect a significant and satisfying existence. "
—Jim Rice, Change Champion/Agile Delivery Leader, Dublin, OH, USA

"Very efficient. I gained a lot of knowledge in a short amount of time. I’m already using the concepts in my day-to-day leadership style."
—Greg Rick, IT Manager, Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, OH

"The Responsibility Process in general and this session, in particular, is one of the most valuable educational experiences of my career."
—Brian Hemker, Agile Coach, Columbus, OH

"If you want to gain insights about how and why you (and everybody else) are reacting when things go wrong at the job, in your life, in your family, etc.. And gain insights how those reactions are impacting on us and others."
—Daniela Stanojlovic R&D Manager, Readsoft, Sweden

"Once you see how much time and effort you and your team members can waste on the islands of "lay blame", "justify", "shame", and "obligation", you will want to learn this stuff ;-) "
—Christoph Steindl, CEO,, Linz, Austria

"Before the workshop, I was not aware of the big difference between responsibility and accountability - and what difference it makes when people in your team take responsibility."
—Werner Fischer, Manager Research & Development, Thomas-Krenn.AG, Austria

"Great experience, very inspiring. A very good starting point for thinking about own and other's behaviors for changing to high performance."
—Jürgen Minichshofer, Program Manager, DICE, Linz, Austria

"A great opportunity to learn more about how people approach problems when they occur. By understanding the process you can help coach others to understand and improve the way they approach problems."
—Lou Parisi, Global Software Manager, Toppan Photomasks, Inc., Austin, TX

"This a life changer not just another leadership training (and I've done many). Christopher's deep knowledge of this research and the simplicity of the process makes it very compelling and practical. I used the learning next morning with my family and my wife now wants to attend this workshop!"

"Christopher delivers outstanding, relevant, thought-provoking and timely information that will get you thinking differently about how to improve upon all aspects of your life!"
—Cyndi McAlpine, Project Manager, Switchbox, Inc., Columbus, OH

"It is an action-packed insightful, motivating workshop that emphasizes the importance of taking ownership for our own coping versus growing strategies."
—Carol C. Fleming, Business Systems Analyst, Columbus, Ohio

"Christopher Avery does a great job at prescribing success at life through mastering your own psychology of The Responsibility Process."
—Sean Kiner Columbus, OH Director of Customer Experience

"I've already been blabbing on about it to my husband; I think it drastically changed his mindset about himself and his employees."
—Monica McJunkin, Managing Director, New Context, Columbus, Ohio

"You should really go to this, it can change your whole outlook on things."
—Junilu Lacar, Technical Leader, Cisco  


"This was an excellent and informative training. Rather than focus on a specific technique to train it simply provides insight into a thought process that everyone goes through. Being aware of that process can allow you to move toward responsibility and ownership much faster."
—Kincade Park, Senior Manager of Business Analysts/ScrumMasters, BancVue, Austin, TX

"This was an awesome class. I was able to identify different points in my life where I participated below the line. The class made me better understand what it means to be responsible and how we use "excuses" for anything less than responsibility."
—Mikka Abbington, Specialist Project Manager, Nationwide Insurance, Columbus OH

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