Company - A Solo Practice With Multiple Components
Business Culture Consultants provides executive coaching, management consultation, and facilitation services in client organizations, and two annual transformational workshops the (at Esalen and Breitenbush retreat centers). The company was founded in August of 2000 by yours truly, Flip Brown, based on my assessment that owners, leaders, and managers would benefit from a personalized way to “get out of their own way.” I choose to keep BCC as a solo practice, and while this limits the number or size of projects I can take on, I am able to provide a singular focus to a select group of clients at any given time. I am based in the wonderful city of Burlington, Vermont, however I do travel across North America as the work requires. I’m grateful that my business continues to expand by virtue of referrals, word-of-mouth, and repeat business.
Business Culture Consultants is located in a historic brick building in downtown Burlington, just behind the site of the original Ben & Jerry's. If you have an office appointment, please e-mail or call for directions.
While I work as a solo, I don’t work alone. I draw on the support, input and experience of a group of colleagues and peers who provide honest, direct, and confidential feedback about this kind of work. Some are consultants themselves, some are in the fields of counseling or psychotherapy, and some are singularly in the world of business. These “mirrors” provide an opportunity to obtain feedback and different perspectives on individual and organizational methods without compromising confidentiality. I am also greatly indebted to the amazing colleagues in my Social Venture Network Peer Circle (for more information, see http://svn.org/get-inspired/peer-circles) for their deep, profound, and abiding support.
About Flip Brown (yeah, that’s me . . .)
My background is perhaps best described as exploring the intersection of business, psychology, service, and spirit. I worked for over fifteen years in the outdoor recreation industry, including the backpacking, windsurfing, skiing, and snowboarding sectors. I moved to Vermont from my native Michigan (by way of Lake Placid) to take the position of Product Manager for LOOK Alpine Products. My responsibilities including factory liaison with four sites in Europe, writing the technical manuals and training videos, attending national and international trade shows, supporting the sales force, and serving as media contact. It was a great exposure to all aspects of business, even though the ski and snowboard industry has its unique rewards and challenges.
I left the ski industry and went back to school, seeking a change in order to have more depth in my work and my relationships. I earned a Bachelors degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Burlington College, and then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School.
I had six years of non-profit experience working for the Howard Center for Human Services in Burlington, where I was a member of the Mobile Crisis Team and then went on to become a counselor and then Director of the agency’s Employee Assistance Program. I completed the requirements for independent licensure as a Masters-level Psychologist in Vermont, which I still hold.
Because I am interested in life-long learning, and have the requirement of sixty continuing education credits every two years to keep my license current, I have had the good fortune of studying with a number of “rock stars” in the areas of my professional interests. These include Edgar Schein, Marshall Goldsmith, Daniel Goldman, Meg Wheatley, Michael Carroll, Thomas Moore, Jean Houston, and James Hillman. My personal and professional abilities have been enhanced by attending professional trainings at the Cape Cod Institute, Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, and the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.
I am also very fortunate to count David Whyte as a mentor and business associate. I participate with a small group of coaches in the development of the “Conversational Leadership” model, based on David’s work. For more information please see http://www.conversational-leadership.org.
Over the years I have been interviewed or quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WCAX-TV, The Burlington Free Press, The Rutland Herald, and The Monitor on Psychology (the journal of the American Psychological Association), and SEE Change magazine. I’ve given presentations for the Institute of Management Consultants, the American Psychological Association, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Social Venture Institute, and the Social Change Institute, among others, and have been an adjunct faculty member at Champlain College and Antioch New England Graduate School. I had the privilege of serving for nine years on the board of directors of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, which at 1,100 members is the largest organization of its kind in North America.
My personal interests include organic vegetable gardening, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, the Beatles and other epic music from the classic rock era, and the Finnish sauna. I play bass guitar and a bunch of other instruments (none exceptionally well) and love to sing lead and harmony vocals. I have been a member of “The Retro Rockets,” a Sixties rock 'n' roll band, for over eighteen years. I live close to Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont with my wife, Sandy Post on an “urban homestead.”
In summary, life has been good to me, and life is indeed good