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Russell Bishop
Here's what I tell people who really want to know what I do (and I presume you must be one of those or you wouldn't be looking here!)

I help people get what they think they want as fast as possible so I can ask, "Was that it?" Another version is best summarized as helping people create the life of their dreams rather than settling for what showed up.

Of course, we've all had the experience of wanting something, busting our tail to get it, and then wondering why we ever wanted it if the first place. There's a huge difference between the objects of our focus (money, career, job, etc) and the deeper experiences we are seeking - purpose, meaning, loving and caring.

As one of the early pioneers in the field of large group personal development, I created Insight Seminars in 1978 to help people deal with thees deeper aspects of what fulfills them.

If you are looking to live life at a higher level, blending Purpose, Service, Contribution and Success, let's talk!

You can reach me at or 805-451-0507.

PS: if you're looking for the professional" take on what I do:

A recognized expert in personal and organization transformation and founder of Bishop and Bishop, a management consulting firm specializing in the implementation of strategy, Russell possesses an uncommon ability to inspire clarity and provoke transformational change. Having started five companies, he brings 35 years of consulting and operating expertise to the real world challenges of executing strategy and improving organization performance.

- CEO coaching: going beyond profit into Services and Purpose
- High potential executive development
- Creating Conscious Business: Purpose Before Profit
- Building accountability based management teams;
- Creating internal alignment
- Translating strategy into measurable, executable action plans
- Integrating personal and professional goals

He is the author of numerous articles on the power of choice and awareness as well as his best-selling book Workarounds That Work: How To Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work.

In addition to his consulting practice, he has lectured on productivity for the executive MBA programs at UCLA, University of Texas and Washington University in St. Louis. Russell previously served on the Board of Directors for the University of Santa Monica and was a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Points of Light Foundation.

He received a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from the Davis Campus of the University of California and currently resides in Santa Barbara, California. Russell is an avid golfer and amateur chef.

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Entries by Russell Bishop

How to Use Social Media to Help Social Causes

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:53 PM

One of the biggest challenges not-for-profits face in gaining support is the simple fact that no one cares what they do until they know why it matters. It's pretty much a take off on the old cliché: No one cares what you know until they know how much you care.

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Is Your Voice Worth Elevating?

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:40 PM

In all the social media that you follow, how many messages do you see that are actually worth your time? For that matter, how much value is there in what you are posting? There are very different kinds of value that can be derived from all things social. Maybe it's...

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Soul-Talk: What Would You Like More of in 2013?

(18) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 6:50 AM

How well did 2012 turn out for you? How would you like to see 2013 go? What can you do about it? These are amongst my favorite questions, the answers to which can be best summed up with this simple paraphrasing from Alice in Wonderland and a debt of gratitude...

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3 Magic Tips to Experience Your Perfect Life

(19) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 11:20 PM

If you would like to live your perfect life, the first thing you must do is give up your pursuit of perfection. How's that for double talk? The main challenge with perfection is that perfection almost always lies just out of reach, sort of the impossible dream that can't be...

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Soul-Talk: What Is the Power Within You?

(9) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 12:53 AM

Would you like to discover the power to create the life you want rather than the one you have settled for? You may be surprised to learn that you already have considerably more power than you may have realized, and the source of that power is already within you. Last...

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Soul-Talk: Are You Perpetuating Your Own Troubles?

(10) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 7:40 AM

So many people these days seem to be lost in a sea of complaint and blame regarding their life circumstances, little understanding that much of their plight comes from their own lack of action when difficulties arise. Make no mistake here: I am not saying that all is rosy out...

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Soul-Talk: Want More Joy in Your Life?

(7) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 12:41 AM

Are you expecting any joy in your life today? If so, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. However, if you can shift your attitude to one of anticipating joy, you may find that you are on a better road toward experiencing more of what you seek in life....

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Soul-Talk: Who Do You Hate?

(60) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 6:49 AM

Hopefully, you answered no one! However, life today seems littered with hate-inspired rhetoric, whether over matters politic, economic or just plain personal. I've even heard "I hate" used by one internal corporate group denouncing another internal group or team. Going well beyond the juvenile "I hate you" when you don't...

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Soul-Talk: Are You Masquerading as Someone Who Cares?

(34) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 7:10 AM

A few weeks ago, we discussed the notion of "I'm upset because..." following from an earlier discussion that many of us are drinking our own poison, hoping the other person will die. There are several common threads woven through all these articles, and they all have...

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GPS for the Soul: At the Oasis

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 3:30 PM

2012-08-30-Untitled.pngEarlier today, a husband and wife team from a major news outlet came by the Oasis at the Republican Convention seeking a respite from the heat -- both political and tropical. As she said, "My husband is about to have a meltdown." A...

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Soul-Talk: How to Find Perfection in Rejection

(27) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 12:02 PM

Have you ever experienced a crushing rejection and later discovered that being rejected was actually one of those proverbial "blessings in disguise"? Just this past weekend, I was talking with a friend who recounted a recent experience of hers that was breathtakingly powerful for her. A couple of weeks ago,...

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Soul-Talk: Politics -- Is There a Way Past Blame and Upset?

(16) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 8:21 AM

What are you upset about these days? Health care? Government? The economy? Politics? Whatever it is, you can be sure that some politico is going to try and rile you up even more in hopes of wrangling a vote out of you. Make no mistake, no matter which side of...

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Soul-Talk: How to Avoid Any More Secret Hurts

(23) Comments | Posted August 12, 2012 | 8:06 AM

Last week, thousands of you read "How to Heal Your Secret Hurt," and many wrote to thank me for the article. Some asked a telling question: "How do you avoid hurt in the first place?" What a super question!

Hurt feelings often stem from expectations or unspoken demands...

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Soul-Talk: How to Heal Your Secret Hurt

(13) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Do you have any secret hurts? You know what I mean -- that place inside of you that aches for healing but never seems quite able to find it. If you're tracking with me, then you also know what it means to have someone trample all over that hurt, sometimes...

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Soul-Talk: I'm Upset Because...

(19) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 8:33 AM

How many times have you been the target of someone else's upset? Have you ever had someone get right in your face, unloosing a tirade of your faults, proceeded by the all-too-familiar "I'm upset because"? How about the other way around? Do you ever find yourself blaming someone else for...

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Soul-Talk: Are You Suffering Unnecessarily?

(11) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 8:39 AM

Suffering seems to be evermore commonplace these days -- we see it in those impacted by the economy, in the virtually-daily tally of tragedy, and in everyday personal and interpersonal upset. The sad thing about suffering is that those of us who do suffer, and I have certainly done my...

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Soul-Talk: Acceptance -- How to Expand in the Face of Your Fears

(8) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 10:47 AM

Have you ever been confronted with something so daunting or downright scary that you have become paralyzed just thinking about it? Surely you have; at least you probably have if you are a soul having a human experience. Over these past eight months, this Soul-Talk series has addressed...

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Soul-Talk: Are You Captain of Your Ship or Just Shipwrecked?

(25) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 8:16 AM

How would you like to become the "captain of your ship, the master of your destiny"? You may prefer my Self-Talk to Soul-Talk lexicon of becoming captain of your soul. If this resonates even in the slightest with you, then perhaps it's time to actually own the notion...

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Soul-Talk: What to Do When Negativity Attacks

(41) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 8:21 AM

Have you noticed that there seems to be an increasing amount of negativity out there, and it's coming after you? If so, cheer up! It could be a sign that you're definitely moving along on your spiritual journey. Now this may seem crazy to some of you, especially those who...

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Soul-Talk: Are You Self-Actualizing or Just Self-Conceptualizing?

(26) Comments | Posted June 10, 2012 | 7:34 PM

Do you find yourself struggling from time to time, trying to reconcile your self-image with the reactions and opinions of others? Do you let the approval of others interfere with you becoming more of who you truly are? Do you struggle with trying to defend, explain or justify...

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