Kathryn D. Cramer, PH.D.
Founder and Managing Partner, The Cramer Institute

Stepping toward your imagined future

May 24, 2015 - The Heroic Journey

In this third phase of your heroic journey, your game-changing vision has such a powerful pull on your mind, heart and spirit that you will muster the courage to begin your epic journey. As a leader, crossing the threshold means leaving behind the status quo and starting the process of creating the changes you know are needed.


Resistance is natural … and futile!

May 17, 2015 - The Heroic Journey

In myths and legends, heroes fight resistance of some kind. Joseph Campbell reminds us that heroes often resist the Call because they are facing the greatest of all fears — fear of the unknown. Usually, at this point heroes encounter a mentor or sage who offers advice and encouragement to help them counter the resistance. As the leader, the work required to instigate transformational change can seem daunting.


How You Will Grow on Your Heroic Leadership Journey

The Journey is the fourth phase of the Heroic Journey of the Leader.* As you can imagine, it encompasses the majority of your adventure in terms of time and effort. As the leader, the challenges you encounter on your Journey will be the best problems you have ever had. Each setback will be an opportunity to eliminate what is...


Are you hearing the Call?

May 13, 2015 - The Heroic Journey

Here’s how to recognize it: Everything may seem okay on the surface but there is a strong desire in you to move beyond the status quo. You just know there are better ways to solve the problems and counter the challenges facing your business.


Living Up to Your Heroic Leadership Potential

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know all about the Heroic Journey of the leader. It begins when the Hero/Leader answers the Call to lead their team or organization on the path to positive transformational change and ends when they survive a Supreme Ordeal that teaches everyone involved how to operate on a new...


Building Build-A-Bear: A Heroic Leadership Journey

Today I published my Lead Positive Profile with Maxine Clark, retail innovator and founder of Build-A-Bear  on my Psychology Today blog. In the profile, Maxine details her Heroic Leadership Journey*—from answering The Call to step down as President of Payless ShoeSource to facing the Supreme Ordeal that was the Great Recession. Here are some of the most inspirational quotes...