Meet Your Guides for the Heroic Journey

Gordon Barnhart, Author

I have been consulting on organizational and community change for over 20 years and began integrating the structure of the heroic journey around 1990. From that point on, the journey always provided a foundation for the consulting, even if I never mentioned the term "heroic" (it scares some people).

Between 2000 and 2007, I was President of Compass Group, a healthcare consulting firm. Prior to that I was an independent consultant, a role I have returned to in order to bring a focus to the concept of Heroic Leadership. At 61, my primary interest is in making a difference in the world, which is why all the resources on the site are free and there is so much attention to support for implementation. 

My consulting work ranged from integrating mergers and acquisitions to re-engineering and from executive succession to changes in management and leadership style. It always surprised me that the focus was so varied, but it kept me on my toes. Clients included well known organizations/communities such as GM, GE, Microsoft, the Mohawk Indian Nation and the Federal Aviation Administration. They also included a wide variety of community and not-for-profit organizations as well as smaller firms in a range of industries.

The only common factor was a focus on major change. That is a major reason that the heroic journey was proved to be such a powerful model. It always provides guidance in what to expect and what to do – while at the same time calling for our best. The leadership art is in the adaption to each setting. 

My teaching experience was as an adjunct in the Business School of Xavier University and faculty for the Physician Leadership Program sponsored by Xavier and ChoiceCare (now Humana). I have a BA from Duke and an MA from Antioch.

Jim Borgman, Illustrator

Since 1976, Jim Borgman has satirized politicians and newsmakers as the editorial cartoonist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, to the delight of newspaper readers across America. As co-creator (with Jerry Scott) of the comic strip Zits, Borgman's work now reaches every corner of the globe.

Jim Borgman was born February 24, 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of a signpainting father and a long-suffering mother who fielded countless phone calls from teachers about the caricatures in the margins of her son's notebooks. A 1976 graduate of Kenyon College, Borgman was hired to begin as the Enquirer's daily cartoonist one week after graduation on the strength of his weekly cartoon for the campus newspaper. As a result he became, he says, "the first Kenyon art major ever to repay his student loan."

In 1995, Jim got to know Jerry Scott while their flight was delayed on the tarmac of Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport waiting for a blown tire to be changed. A year later they created Zits on the front porch of a cabin in Sedona, Arizona. Zits launched in July, 1997 in more than 200 newspapers, one of the strongest comic strip introductions in years. King Features now distributes Zits to more than 1,500 newspapers in 45 countries and 15 languages.

Among his awards, Jim is proudest to have won the National Cartoonists Society's Best Editorial Cartoonist an unprecedented five times, the NCS' prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, the Thomas Nast Prize in 1980 (for which he brought home his weight in wine from the vineyards of Landau, Germany), the Adamson Statuette presented by the Swedish Academy of Humor in 2005, the Max and Moritz Medal for International Comic Strip of the Year in 2003, and the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1991.

Jim Borgman lives in Cincinnati with his wife Suzanne Soled and their five perfect teenagers.


Our Mission

To challenge and support you in successfully leading the wide variety of journeys of change required for the health of your organizations and communities.  There are things worth doing in the world.  It is our mission to guide you in doing even the most difficult of them successfully.