Question: Would you please describe the problems you have with the two business courses, "New Age Thinking" and "Leadership Development-Reach For Excellence"?
Response:Both of the courses, New Age Thinking (now called Investment in Excellence) from Lou Tice's Pacific Institute, and the course taught by Charles G. Krone Associates (Leadership Development--Reach For Excellence), are similar. They center in self, with a heavy emphasis upon self-image, self-assertion, self-management, etc. They then attempt to go "beyond self" into the tranpersonal or transcendent realm, which is religious but from a humanistic and New Age perspective.
Tice's course is more heavily psychological in its orientation and language and gets into visualization, whereas the Krone course is more philosophical and seems to be the new wave at Bell and other companies. Part of the appeal of both of these course is a semantic one (i.e., new language and new concepts bring sudden and profound insights that seem to trigger a "conversion" experience that changes lives and can last for months or depends upon how firmly the person clings to these beliefs).
The Krone course has a more complex philosophical base built around his "Law of Three" that is similar to Hegel's thesis, antithesis and synthesis popularized as Marxism's dialectic. Unfortunately, the humanism underlying both courses that is presumed to be applied only in business becomes the basis for living one's life, i.e., one's personal religion. Its principles of success eliminate the need for God or reconciliation to Him through the redemptive work of Christ.