A Center for Human Systems Intensive

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

Learn to Develop Powerful Teams and Organizations that Create Powerful Results

You will learn the Disciplines of Self-Mastery that include…

  • Syncing the impact of your actions to your intentions
  • Mastery of your ego which can derail your effectiveness
  • Mastery of creating synergy and creativity from the win/lose power dynamics that may hamper the success of your leadership and your teams

You will learn to Understand Human Systems, “the secret sauce” for making teams work including…

  • Why teams and organizations behave in ways you can’t be predict from the values and beliefs of its individual members—they take on a life of their own
  • Why the norms of teams and cultures of organizations overwhelm the goals and desires of its individual members
  • How to create powerful teams and organizations from dysfunctional ones

In summary, you will learn to effectively manage yourself to create teams and organizational cultures of high levels of productivity, engagement, and satisfaction. Teams and organizations that retain your best people and attract new ones.

What the Program Will Do for You…

  • Build the self-mastery you need to replace automatic behaviors with intention and deliberate actions that will create the impacts of effective leadership
  • Give you the skills to create high-performing teams through understanding that human systems tend to manage us more that our managing them
  • Strengthen your ability to discern sound and current data from assumptions and interpretation to avoid misunderstandings & miscommunications
  • Improve your skill at using feedback to stay on target and to be immune to feedback upsets
  • Boost your ability to turn win/lose conflicts into energy generating creativity and synergy.
  • Enable you to build team norms and cultures 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 who aspire to leadership.

This program is also foundational for change practitioners such as organization development consultants, human resources practitioners, executive, and anyone who wished to be more effective in managing change. Change practitioners should also take a serious look at The Seven Core Actions for 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.

Deeply Engaging Learning Process

The learning processes of the program are deeply engaging.  No one gets bored and multi-tasking is never a problem over the four hour sessions of online programs or the eight hour sessions of in-person programs. Concepts are offered through group discussions that involve application to the individual contexts and situations of each participant.

Depth of learning is ensured through experiential exercises, small (3 or 4) group discussions, and large (9 to 12) group debriefing with the expert facilitators. In the concept and debriefing discussions, the facilitator consistently challenges the group and each person to inspect habituated behaviors and belief systems for current effectiveness. 

Organizations that Have Used Our Programs


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

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support district executives to become a stronger team to to improve their organization-wide leadership skills
  • 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.

The Impact and Sustainability of the Program

From Jill Charlton, a Senior Technology Leader

Jill Charlton is an Business Execution Leader of Core Technology at W. L. Gore & Associates, the maker of GoreTex and many other high technology materials. She wrote saying…

“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

2024 Schedule

This intensive will be scheduled whenever we have acceptable applications from six people. (No more than twelve will be accepted to ensure the quality of learning.)

A $500 deposit will be due once your application is accepted. It will be refundable only if we have not reached six applications within four months of your application’s acceptance.

The initial six acceptable applicants will negotiate optimal dates and times for the program. Those dates and times will be published as set for later accepted applicants.

Share your interest in the program with colleagues. The sooner we get started the better!

Got questions? Email be at michael@chumans.com

September 19 & 20Orientation & Understanding Human Systems
September 26 & 27Conscious Use of Self
October 17 & 18Making Agreements Work
November 14 & 15Building Support for Success
December 12 & 13Sound and current data vs Assumptions
January 16 & 17A New View of Feedback
February 13 & 14Shifting Win/Lose Power Dynamics & Conflicts
March 13 & 14Learning from Differences
April 17 & 18Empowerment
May 15 & 16Systemic Change
June 19 & 20Endings, Transitions, & Completion | GRADUATION!


General Tuition

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

Not-for-Profit Tuition

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

Student Tuition

  • Before December 15 – $2995
  •    After December 15 – $3995

Other Important Information

  • A $500 refundable deposit is required at time of applications
  • Tuition payments are not refundable after the first session
  • Early Bird discounts require complete payment before the program begins
  • 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