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Solve Your Most Pressing Problems, Build Your Ideal Culture
Our science-based methodology creates dramatic state change for learning. Our breakthrough programs mobilize leaders, team and companies to fulfill their purpose, expand their leadership capability, and create lasting success through daily practice
Our Approach Goes to the Level Where Sustainable Behavior Change Actually Happens
Existing leadership training and team-building programs give people information, ideas, and excitement. Under pressure, this washes away. Neuroscience tells us that embodied practice is where real, sustainable behavior change occurs. What determines the success of any leadership training or team-building program is how your team handles newly acquired skills, behavior, and context under pressure. That’s the measure. That's our measure.

Our approach to working with teams and culture—through sensations and the body—is a completely different paradigm of leadership training and team-building because we engage the entire psychobiology of a person to learn and embody new skills, behavior, and context. We’ve created a pragmatic on-the-ground version of mindfulness and embodiment that your team can use in high-pressure business situations to stay grounded in the values of your organization while successfully overcoming challenges and meeting the goals of your team. 

We Hold Your Vision and Concerns as if They Were Our Own
We partner with teams and companies to develop customized programs to solve the most common organizational and human capital challenges facing business today. Rather than one-off programs, we engage over time to assure that new frameworks and practices become a part of the way things work.
Enhancing Team Effectiveness
Through our paradigm-shifting approach, we transform broken teams into good teams and good teams into high performing teams. 
Accelerating High-Performance Talent Development
We save you precious time because our approach goes to where sustainable change actually happens. Under pressure, where things matter, your new behavior and presence will stick. 
Developing Impact & Presence
Strozzi somatics aligns your being and doing with your vision and values, especially under pressure. 
Leading Transformational Change
Our methodology and practices take you where you and your team want to go. And we help you remove bad habits and old ways of being that have been obstacles.
Complexity, Ambiguity, & Resilience
With embodied leadership, grow resilience, especially in the face of growing pressure and complexity.
Culture Change
We make vision, brand, and strategy an embodied living reality.  Really. 
Robb Giammatteo
EVP-CFO, Ascena Retail Group
The level of depth and relationships that’s developed as a result of Strozzi’s work has really been quite significant in the year that I’ve been involved with it. We’ve gone from a team of peers and folks who interact with each other to people that really understand what their partner offers and where their partner comes from—really, what makes them tick. And as a result, we’ve gotten to a place where under stressful situations, we’re able to understand what’s important to that person, where they’re coming from, and really work more effectively together.
Over 45 Years of Experience
Our unique and powerful embodied leadership methodology positions us as the leading institution shaping executives, teams, and leaders toward mastery in their business. We have over 45 years experience in delivering innovative programs to a diversity of organizations around the globe that include Fortune 500, large governmental agencies, small business, B-corps, NGOs, sustainable business visionaries, multi-national companies, and budding entrepreneurs.
A Note from Founder Richard Strozzi-Heckler
I’ve worked closely for 45 years with a wide range of leaders and leaders-to-be from Navy Seals to social entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 Executives to non-profits and start-ups. It’s my lived experience that leadership is something that can be learned, and it’s generated in relationship with others. Exemplary leadership is not a thing—the correct genes, an appointment, a technique, or the chance of the draw that favors one individual over another. Exemplary leadership is a way of being, whether you’re leading others or leading your own life.  It’s a skill and art that can be development through commitment and practice.
Quality Teachers
We have the most rigorous standards for our teachers of any leadership training organization. We deliver on the promises of embodied leadership in action, assuring a level of mastery on behalf of our teachers.
Richard Strozzi-Heckler
Staci K. Haines
Nathan Shara
Susie Nichols
Pete Hamill
LeeAnn Mallorie
David Treleaven
Peter Maynard
SVP, Global Capabilities Equifax, Former SVP Retail Bank Decision Sciences, Capital One
Our team was a bunch of statisticians, data analysts, and business analysts in Capital One bank. The company was in an intense period of acquiring other banks. And our job was to transform these banks with data and analytics…We had all these different partners that we needed to work with and we needed to lead change in the organization…We were frustrated because we didn’t know how to articulate our ideas in terms of business relevance. They pointed at us, ‘You guys aren’t being effective? Figure it out.’ My colleague and I were not seeing an HR leadership development program that would address this in our organization nor anywhere in the marketplace…That’s where Strozzi Institute came in: And then it was a different world. We started having the impact we needed to have with these acquired business units and with our internal stakeholders. We were communicating clearly and effectively. And we got great feedback about our team. Most importantly we created future generational leaders. In fact, two of our team members recently been promoted to Vice President, which has been fantastic.
Real Change is Embodied
Embodiment is when one's actions consistently reflect their values and commitment, especially under pressure. To make sustainable improvements in our teams or companies, we have to "embody" new ways of being, new conversations, and new actions. Strozzi Institute is the original architect of Embodied Leadership: a breakthrough methodology that combines mindfulness, martial arts, action-oriented communication, and generative conflict training to identify conditioned patterns that limit performance and create new neural pathways and new possibilities for our clients. It leads directly to higher performance and increased employee resilience and well-being for individuals, and lasting cohesion, coordination and innovation for teams.  With our programs, individuals and groups engage in recurrent, purposeful practices of mind, emotions, language, and body over time in order to achieve mastery in their roles, teams, and organizations.
Nancy Hutson
Former SVP Pfizer Global R&D
There is no doubt in my mind that these practices build effective leaders. And effective leaders build effective organizations. Leadership is a performing art. It's very important as a leader to be able to understand the mood you are setting, how you are showing up, how your body is in the moment since most communication is through body language. So the awareness that each team member got, including myself, through these practices, gave us the ability to connect more effectively with colleagues. The investment in time and financial resources on this training for the R&D team was returned to us many many times over.
A New Status Quo for Business
The best and brightest companies across the globe are investing in the leadership development of their employees. Why? 

We are in a new era of business: one that calls for, and is being shaped by, a more enlightened leadership. And these leaders at the helm see human capital as the most needed resource for successful ventures.

Research shows that leaders are great not solely because of their technical skills or position, but because of who they are. Qualities like trust, the ability to hold complexity, creativity under pressure, and leadership presence are essential, and in our approach, learnable.

At Strozzi Institute, we grow leaders. We see a "leader" as someone with the ability to mobilize and inspire both themselves and others into purposeful action. A leader can respond, rather than react. They lead their team, department, or company toward possibility and grounded results.
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Ben Schick, President
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We’ve all been on teams where we feel like we’re pulling in the same direction, it feels really right, it feels like we’re moving forward but somehow it’s effortless. That’s what the Strozzi Institute allows us to do as a team. And it is, without question, the single best, richest and fastest way to develop a team that I have ever seen.

- Adam Forest, Managing Partner, Forest Group

Strozzi Institute did and continues to do an outstanding job at helping government employees with disparate backgrounds and skill sets and who came from differing workplace cultures to embrace change and to be enthusiastic about new processes and a new culture. As you might imagine, a staff consolidation of any two organizations can be a time of great stress and uncertainty.

- Ken Kirkey, Senior Planning Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Strozzi Institute's Corporate Programs and other leadership trainings?
The difference is in our method. Our programs use an embodied learning approach, which is different than solely cognitive approaches that are widely used in leadership and team development. We see that addressing the developmental potential of the whole person—thinking, feeling, acting, and relating—produces more effective and sustainable change for individuals and organizations. Our holistic approach allows leaders and teams to take new actions aligned with their outcomes and values. Leaders gain new skills and abilities, not just new ideas.
Why embodied learning?
There is a difference between academic knowledge and embodied knowledge. We do not transform ourselves through new thinking or good ideas alone. We do not take new actions or develop trust in our teams through a PowerPoint or by reading it in a manual. To make sustainable improvements in our leadership, our teams, or our companies, we have to “embody” new ways of being, new conversations, and new actions. The way to achieve this is by learning holistically. With Strozzi Institute’s Corporate Programs, you learn to establish a series of recurrent practices of mind, emotions, language, and body. Research shows that 300 repetitions produces muscle memory (the ability to purposefully take a new action), and that 3000 repetitions creates embodiment (being able to take this new action automatically, even under pressure). Research also points to requiring 10,000 hours of purposeful practice to produce mastery in an area. Strozzi Institute focuses on embodied learning—in which individuals and groups engage in recurrent, purposeful practices over time in order to achieve mastery in their roles, teams and organizations.
What can I expect from partnering with Strozzi Institute?
We’ll begin with a collaborative exploration of your needs and desired outcomes. What changes do you see as necessary for the outcomes you seek? We’ll then custom and design a program that meets, and ideally exceeds, these goals.

Our programs develop leaders, teams, and companies that are confident, dynamic, and authentic, and who skillfully execute on their commitments. Strozzi Institute methodology is based in mindfulness, martial arts, action-oriented communication and generative conflict training to identify conditioned patterns that limit performance and create new neural pathways and new possibilities for our clients.. We call this holistic approach “Somatics.” Our Corporate Programs deliver innovative content on leadership, team development, and new distinctions for effective coordination in organizations. We pair this with experiential exercises and team practices. This combination links vision to action, and knowledge to know-how.
Do you provide coaching support for my employees after the program?
Yes. Coaching is relevant for leaders at all levels of an organization. It can be particularly impactful as a way to sustain and deepen the learning of the programs. We customize executive and leadership coaching as part of an ongoing organizational program.
Who should participate in the program(s)?
Our programs support executives, boards, directors, managers, teams, and emerging leaders to excel to their next level of success. Depending on your organization’s goals, we can assist you in assessing the best team and leaders to engage. We combine purpose, leadership presence, and pragmatic skills in effective coordination, to serve powerful development.
How many people can participate in the program(s)?
We work with executive teams and boards from small groups to large departments and company wide. Program size may vary depending on your specific organizational goals and needs. Feel free to contact us directly in order to determine the best program(s) that works for you.
How far in advance should I plan a program?
Please contact our office in order to collaborate on timeline, deliverables, and program details. Starting with conversations between our team and your key stakeholders, we will identify and understand your specific organizational needs and goals. We will then recommend or design a program that best suits your needs.
Where are the programs conducted?
Corporate Programs can be held at your corporate offices, or in an off-site retreat that suits your company. We also happily host programs at our Dojo training site in the beautiful rolling hills of Northern California. Please contact us directly to discuss space requirements.
Strozzi Institute is the creator of embodied leadership—a unique, neuroscience-based approach that integrates mindfulness, action-oriented communication, martial arts, and generative conflict training to prepare leaders, coaches, and teams to meet today's biggest challenges.
Strozzi Institute is a Certified B Corporation® through the nonprofit organization, B Labs. B Corps™ are businesses that meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. View our profile.
Headquarters: 2900 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610, 510-444-1232
Training Site (The Dojo): 4101 Middle Two Rock Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952

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