Rick Warm MBA PhD is a coach, consultant, and the director of the Center for Wisdom and Leadership. For the past decade, the focus of his work has been on the development of good leaders. Rick facilitates leadership seminars and workshops, and has served as an adjunct professor of leadership at Northern Kentucky University.
Over the past several years, Rick has developed a professional and personal interest in the “second half of life” — gaining wisdom, the transition of midlife, and becoming an elder. He currently teaches classes and leads workshops and discussion groups on these topics through the Center for Wisdom and Leadership and other institutions such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), The Healing Space (THS), and various churches and religious organizations.
Rick has an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. The focus of his research is on wisdom, mastery, transformation and the hero’s journey. Rick is an ICF credentialed coach with a professional certification in individual and organizational coaching from The Hudson Institute
Rick’s early education and career focused upon international business. He has lived, worked, and studied for extended periods of time on five continents, giving him a strong global and intercultural perspective and facility in multiple languages. After spending time in the corporate world, he left to form a music and recording company, Malandro Records, that specialized in Brazilian jazz. Malandro received a Grammy nomination in 2003.
The second half of Rick’s life has been devoted to understanding leadership and wisdom. He is a lifelong musician and martial artist which contributes to his scholarship and interest in integrating body, mind, heart, and spirit into leadership development. He is also a teacher and practitioner of TriYoga, a student of tai chi and an fervent devotee of Argentine tango.
Philosophy of Healing
My philosophy revolves around two central tenets. First, I believe that life is developmental. That means whatever age we are or wherever we find ourselves, there is always more to learn and further to grow. I subscribe to the developmental theories that show that as we age, we generally become more generative and have particular responsibilities as elders of society.
The second tenet is that we are more than bodies and minds. Part of our development is emotional and spiritual, especially as we age. It is important to integrate body, mind, heart and spirit into our conscious growth as humans, leaders and elders. This helps to lead us toward wisdom and compassion, two of the greatest gifts we can receive and give back to the world.