A Center for Human Systems Master Class Program

A leader juggling all the stuff that leaders have to deal with such as conflict, teams, change, and success

Learn how to build dynamic cultures for your teams and organizations that foster high productivity and engagement while retaining your best people. Featuring the Nine Disciplines of Self-Mastery that range from the mastery of own actions and egos to the mastery of the win/lose power dynamics that hamper the success of so many leaders.

You will learn to understand human systems and effectively manage yourself to effectively influence teams and organizational cultures for high levels of engagement and productivity.

What the Program Will Do for You…

  • Develop self-mastery to replace your automatic behaviors with intention and deliberate actions that will create the impacts that you desire
  • Create high-performing teams through understanding that human systems tend to manage us more that our managing them
  • Use sound and current data to avoid misunderstandings & miscommunications
  • Use feedback to stay on target and become immune to feedback upsets
  • Turn energy wasting win/lose conflicts into energy generating creativity and synergy.
  • Build a culture that maintains high productivity and engagement

Who Will Benefit

The 9 Disciplines of Leadership & Self-Mastery is for leaders (official or unofficial) of teams and organizations who want to take their leadership skills to the next level and beyond. It is also for those who may not be in current leadership situations, but who aspire to leadership. Likewise, this program is also foundational for change practitioners.

If you want to focus on the mastery of self needed to effectively impact individuals, teams, and organizational cultures start with the Leadership and Self-Mastery master class. This will allow to get the most from the Core Actions of Managing Complex Change program.

Program Content

The 9 Disciplines of Leadership & Self-Mastery

1. Conscious Use of Self

The Path to Self-Mastery: In situations where effectiveness is essential or change is desired, leaders must replace habitual, automatic behavior with actions deliberately chosen to create the impacts they desire through conscious management of their emotions, thoughts, and believes.

2. Teams as Human Systems

The Secret Sauce for Effective Teams: Understanding human systems (which behave independently from the values and wishes of its individual members) allows leaders to manage the behaviors of their teams. Otherwise, systemic goals, values and beliefs, i.e., culture and group norms, tend to overwhelm the goals, values, and beliefs of its individual member as it seduces them to conform to the system’s goals, values, and beliefs.

3. Building Support Systems

No Significant Success Is Ever Achieved Alone: The ability to build personal and organizational support from diverse sources is crucial to effective leadership and goal accomplishment. No one achieves anything of significance without significant support regardless of the western belief that one must pull oneself up by one’s own bootstraps.

4. Contracting for Agreement

Building better Agreement for Better Results: Building the explicit mutually understood and mutually satisfying agreements that support their efficient and effective execution.

5. Sound & Current Data

Discerning Facts from Assumptions & Beliefs: Assuring we are working with data as up-to-date and factual as possible, rather than assumptions, interpretations, and speculations, avoids the misunderstandings and upsets that bedevil many leaders. On automatic, we assume our assumptions and interpretations are accurate.

6. Making Feedback Work

The Key to Staying on Target: Operating from the understanding that feedback is only information (neither good nor bad) allows leaders to determine if what they and their teams are doing is moving them closer or further from their goals. In addition, effective leaders when know how to receive feedback without upset and offer feedback that people will hear as helpful.

7. Shifting Power Dynamics

The Root of All Team Dysfunction: Creating teams that operate through collaboration, leaders can shift teams away fromthe automatic, win-lose dynamics that create hostile conflict and the excessive conformity which stifle synergy and creativity.

8. Learning from Differences

The Source of Synergy and Creativity: Differences are the only source of learning that exists. Using differences to accrue knowledge and skill leaders can stimulate the synergy and creativity that are the hallmark of successful teams and organizations.

9. Empowerment

Turn Your People on to Their Inherent Excellence: Leaders, who support others to identify and resolve their own issues, reach their own ambitions, and discover their inherent excellence, make their lives both more effective and fun.


Upon completion of The Nine Disciplines of Leadership & Self-Mastery master class program, you will receive the Center for Human Systems’ Certificate in Leadership & Self-Mastery.

Learning Methods Like You’ve Never Experienced!

Learn through engaging technologies where the focus is on you! What you learn sticks from a focus on critical thinking, introspection, and supportive feedback enabling you to apply the skills and concepts offered directly to the situations you want to make work.

    Time-Tested Learning Methods

    • Comprehensive

    96 hours of learning over ten months. The cohort meets online two consecutive half days each month except the first month and last months, which will have double sessions.

    • Intensive

    There will be no more than fifteen participants in either program. This optimizes the attention that each participant gets.

    • Extensive

    The ten-month length allows the development and reinforcement of skills that work replacing behaviors that have gotten in the way.

    • Safe

    The program staff is deeply skilled and experienced in developing learning environments that are emotionally safe. That safety supports participants to explore the discomfort of their learning edges where the most profound learning occurs.

    Center for Human Systems-Specific Methods

    • Learner-Focused, not Teacher Focused

    Concepts are offered as discussions, not lectures to support an critical thinking and self-awareness leading to effective choice-making.

    • Learning from the Inside Out

    Unlearning behaviors from old beliefs starts with identifying patterns that undermine productive thoughts and emotions. Modification of these behaviors allow us to impact others as we intend. This inside-out process also promotes learning that lasts.

    • Constant Emphasis on Practice & Application

    You will immediately be able to apply new knowledge and skills to the challenges of your workplace, then return to the program to learn from a discussion of what you did that worked and what didn’t.

    Specific Learning Activities

    • Experiential exercises

    • Conceptual discussions in the whole group

    • Supportive small group discussions

    • Practice sessions applying concepts & skills

    Between Monthly Meeting There Is

    • One-on-oneCoaching

    Individual coaching with the instructor will be available to assist participants in understanding themselves and how to apply lessons to their particular situations.

    • The REMEMORY App

    The Rememory app is a performance-based app for continuous behavior change. It empowers you to develop new habits by transforming our natural resistance to change. The technology is clinically proven methodology changes employee behavior by forming lasting habits

    • Connecting with Other Participants

    Conversations with other participants is strongly encouraged for additional conceptual and application support. New and strong friendships often occur.

    • Participant-Selected Homework

    The greatest learning occurs when pa•ticipants actually apply what they have learned to their particular situations. Learning in the program is both immediate and immediately applicable.

    Organizations that Have Used Our Programs


    Leadership, Change, and Self-Mastery using client-selected titles has been utilized by…

    • NASA’s Ames Research Center to support its human resources people to become strategic business partners.
    • The Army and Navy Medical Services to support the merger of the leadership cadres of their two national medical centers into a combined Walter Reed National Military Health Center. That took some doing!
    • W. L. Gore & Associates (makers of GoreTex) to train several hundred of their leaders in diversity skills.
    • National Justice For Our Neighbors (a not-for-profit organization) to develop their executive directors.

    Public Programs

    Leaders and change practitioners from dozens of high-profile organizations have put their people through the Leadership & Self-Mastery program. Google, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins, and Educational Testing Service, US Army Medical Services, Fannie Mae, Bowen & Co, Berkeley University, Stanford University, Sony PlayStation, numerous government agencies, a host of independent consultants, and many other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations have sent their people to our programs.

    We have held our public programs in Washington D.C, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Anchorage, Alaska. During the COVID pandemic, we held programs online. All programs starting in the fall of 2022 will begin and end with two in-person days, with the rest being online two consecutive half-days a month.

    The Staff

    Michael F. Broom, Ph.D., the founder of the Center for Human Systems, is a renowned organization psychologist with 45 years experience working with all kinds and sizes of organizations. Recent clients include Google, N.A.S.A., and the Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center. He has been faculty at Johns Hopkins, American, Fielding, and Morgan State Universities. The national OD Network has bestowed on Dr. Broom their Lifetime Achievement Award. Click for more about Dr. Broom.

    About the Impact and Sustainability of the Program

    Jill Charlton, a senior Technology Leader

    Jill is an Business Execution Leader of  Core Technology at W. L. Gore & Associates, the maker of GoreTex and plenty other things.

    Dear Dr. Broom, though we haven’t seen each other for nearly a decade, you are on my mind. I want to share with you an overdue note of gratitude. You taught a program at W.L. Gore & Associates called ‘Diversity Champions’ (their in-house name for the Leadership & Self-Mastery program). I participated in the 2011-2012 session. I use your teachings still to this day, often on a weekly or even daily basis. Your teachings have had the biggest impact on my leadership practices throughout my entire career across 3 different companies. I use your teachings around sound and current data, dialogic feedback, your version of a ‘big share’ introduction all the time. And of course, my favorite: ‘How’s that working for you?’ Thank you for all that you taught me. I hope you are well and know how much of a positive impact you have made on the many human systems which you have touched.” March. 2022

    Schedule & Topics

    October 6 & 7

    Oct. 6 – Orientation
    Oct. 7 – Understanding Teams as Human Systems

    October 13 & 14

    Conscious Use of Self

    November 3 & 4

    Making Agreements Work

    December 8 & 9

    Building Support for Success

    January 12 & 13

    Sound and current data

    February 9 & 10

    Making Feedback Work

    March 9 & 10

    Shifting Win/Lose Power Dynamics

    April 13 & 14

    Learning from Differences 

    May 11 & 12


    June 8 & 9

    Making Teams Work

    July 13 & 14

    July 13 – Accountability and Sustaining Change<br>July 14 Ending and Completion & GRADUATION


    General Tuition

    • Before August 15 – $4995
    •    After August 15 – $5995

    Not-for-Profit Tuition

    • Before August 15 – $3995
    •    After August 15 – $4995

    Student Tuition

    • Before August 15 – $2995
    •    After August 15 – $3995
    • A $500 refundable deposit is required at time of applications
    • Tuition payments are not refundable after the first session
    • Before Early Bird discounts require complete payment before the last day of the discount
    • Group discounts are available. Email michael@chumans.com
    • Indicate on the application if you would like a Payment Plan
    • A few partial scholarships are available. Email michael@chumans.com to discuss