ABOUT CHUCK WISNER
CHUCK WISNER is a highly sought-after thinker, coach, and teacher in the areas of organizational strategy, human dynamics and leadership excellence. He spent twenty-five years as a personal and business consultant, and trusted advisor to leaders across industries in high profile companies. Anchored by years of leading-edge research, theoretical development and the practical application of a core set of principles about language, conversation, and power, he has developed a unique approach for helping people gain meaningful insights into themselves, their relationships, and their personal and professional lives.
Chuck has had careers in music, body-mind therapy, architecture, and professional coaching. He earned an architectural degree from the Boston Architectural College and he was a partner at HKT Architects, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After fifteen years of eye-opening experiences with conflict and business dysfunction, Chuck was motivated to seek a better way. With the help of several masterful teachers, he reeducated himself for a new career. In the next four years, his life was transformed as he embarked on a new profession. His first work was as a senior mediator affiliated with Harvard Law School's Mediation Program. Subsequently, he was among the first to be certified in a Mastering the Art of Professional Coaching program, with the Newfield Group. And subsequently, he became a specialist in organizational learning and leadership associated with MIT's Center for Organizational Learning.
His background in music and architecture, combined with his leadership work, has instilled within Chuck a deep understanding of the complexity of systems, human dynamics, and the importance of emotional intelligence, and the power of collaboration. Through years of observing consequential changes in the lives of his clients, he was motivated to write this book on the fundamentals of conversations (not easily accessible outside of academic or esoteric circles) that so intensely impacted his life.
Chuck Wisner is a highly sought-after strategic thinker, coach, and teacher in the areas of organizational strategy, human dynamics, communication, and leadership excellence. He is currently working as an advisor with leaders and their teams at major technology companies in the United States, other Fortune 200 companies, non-profit institutions. He has given talks to audiences of up to several hundred people, and he is looking forward to spreading the wisdom of Conscious Conversations to the public at large.
Chuck lives in New England with his lovely wife, Kata, an artist. They have two sons who are living their creative dreams in New York City.
Why the Balancing Stones?
"When I was introduced to the mindful practice of balancing stones and experienced the mystery of finding the balance point, I was hooked."
The process of getting stones to balance is magical, transitory, fluid and meditative. It is about creativity, structure, patience and non-attachment. As an architect with a great love for the outdoors and nature, and a meditator for years, building sculptures with stones held a powerful attraction for me, as it brought together all of those elements of myself.
Stone balancing becomes a physical meditation where my ego disappears. The experience is calming and freeing. The practice calls for the mind to quiet down so one can be fully aware and awake in the moment: simple, demanding, enlightening, and sometimes impossible. The balanced stones are ephemeral: wind, water or another curious sentient being can topple them in a second.
Balancing the stones can be as challenging as our most difficult relationships or conversations. Patience, listening, understanding, and increasing our awareness are the keys. This practice can inform us about our minds, our listening, and our sensitivity.
If you try this yourself, start with smaller stones, and be careful. Take care of your hands, feet, back, and anyone else nearby. Balance is a mobile fragile state, and a sculpture can collapse fast and hard.