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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“Finally . . . an uplifting and imminently useful guide to surviving and thriving through disagreement and discord. John Hoover’s ability to create simple, practical tools for use in difficult and challenging situations is reflected in his latest work, Baseball, The Uniting Power of Conflict. His decades of experience as a counselor, consultant, and teacher shine through as he helps us all recognize the gifts and opportunities in what we so easily see as barriers. By helping anyone understand conflict as a process that has potential to benefit each person involved, and teaching remarkably simple tools to work through differences, John has guided thousands of participants in his classes from dysfunctional turmoil to peaceful truth.
I’ve been honored to work with John in countless sessions with clients ranging from the shop floor to the executive suite, and never cease to be amazed at his ability to be completely FOR each person we encounter, no matter how ‘challenging’ they may be. That spirit, combined with his breadth of knowledge and keen insight is what makes John’s work touch so many so deeply. Whether you are looking for tools to help yourself better handle conflict, or are looking for tools to help you help others, John’s straightforward and powerful methods have something for you. When the inevitable differences in life show up, all you have to do is relax and play ball!”
—Vergil Metts, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Impact Associates, Inc.                                  Scroll down for more testimonials v

“I have worked with [John’s] baseball model continually for the past 25 years in my role as a Senior Trainer with the More To Life Foundation—an international educational organization, whose founder was a friend and colleague of Dr. Hoover’s.
       Having also served for many years on its Board of Directors, I am used to employing it on a daily basis as an invaluable tool in the pursuit of organizational mastery. It is also a core practice in a program on Interactive Leadership Skills which has been used in the corporate environment by some of the world’s largest companies.
        [This model] is uniquely simple, endlessly flexible, and miraculously effective. it can be used to generate profoundly creative results in any interaction, without ever mentioning its existence. At the same time it can be taught to someone else, who can in turn become skilled in its use with just a few hours of practice. Its uses are extraordinarily diverse: it is a management tool, a technique of enquiry, a way of transcending disconnection and healing emotional pain, while studying it evokes a whole philosophy of human psychology and social interaction.
Having said that, it can be used by anyone from university lecturers with the most sophisticated educational background to people with no formal education at all, such as the South African shanty-town dwellers we have worked with through our partnership with the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
        I have seen it used in prisons, in shelters for victims of domestic violence, in couples therapy, and in negotiations of all kinds from people in job interviews to a paramedic working with a would-be suicide on the parapet of a bridge.
        As a process, it stands apart from anything else I know in that it combines several pieces of process work in a simple dynamic movement. It moves from stage to stage with a kind of archetypal power like the Hegelian dialectic moving from synthesis, through counter thesis, to new synthesis.
It also resembles the circular or spiralling movement of narrative form, from “setting out on a journey” through “encountering unexpected reversals” to “returning home transformed,” but it does this by helping real people move through real paradigm shifts in an almost irresistible way.
        I know John as a spectacularly effective teacher, who combines the deep skills of a group therapist with the presentation skills of a passionate TV presenter. He present this material in an utterly compelling way which also captures the resonances of its depth so that it speaks on many levels, not the least of which is as a force for human and spiritual growth.”
—David Templer
Senior Trainer, More to Life                                 Scroll down for more testimonials v

“I am a professional in the field of human performance, transformation, and personal development with over 40 years experience. I have a PhD from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and I have personally trained and coached over 100,000 people in the past three decades. About John and his work: I have known and worked with John for over a quarter of a century. I have received personal counseling from him, I have collaborated with him on the design and delivery of workshops, and I have used his Baseball model in seminars, workshops—in both professional and personal settings—during all of this time.
        Baseball is an ingenious presentation of simple, powerful, and disarmingly effective steps to take in conversation with others to come to mutually agreeable conclusions through finding genuine points of harmony and agreement.
         What makes it work so well is its psychological accuracy: it helps people talk together in a way that they feel differently as they converse. They may start out angry, fearful, positioned, but they wind up (albeit grudgingly at times!) in a situation of greater mutual respect, understanding of another’s point of view, and a willingness to make things work with someone else.
         John himself is, of course, simply brilliant. He has without question one of the finest psychological minds I have encountered. His thinking is rounded, wholistic, without losing touch with the reality his theory is attempting to serve. These traits are nowhere more evident than in Baseball, where he has framed a sound methodology for reducing human conflict within the common understanding of what we call the National Pasttime. If only this form of communication was actually our national pasttime, think of how much better off our country would be!
         Given my training schedule for several decades, I may actually have used Baseball in training situation more often than John himself has managed. We incorporated it in our human development program at all levels: in the seminars we offered and in management situations throughout the worldwide organisation we developed. It was one of perhaps five fundamental models that underpinned the harmony, the working relationships, and the conflict management that was used by literally thousands of our people throughout the world in their personal and professional encounters.
        After completing my work with the training organization I co-founded, I then used Baseball in numerous professional settings —financial institutions, manufacturing organizations, business services operations - with hundreds of people. Even in countries that don’t play baseball, the model clicked. I find it difficult to recall anyone who had a difficulty with the model. It was received as fresh, usable, and—more to the point—it worked! Great, great stuff. I cannot recommend it more highly.
—Dr. W. Roy Whitten




        


“Finally. An uplifting and imminently useful guide to surviving and thriving through disagreement and discord. John Hoover’s ability to create simple, practical tools for use in difficult and challenging situations is reflected in his latest work, The Uniting Power of Conflict.


“John’s straightforward
and powerful methods have something for you.
When the inevitable differences in life show up, all you have to do is relax and play ball!”

Why baseball? It’s simple, endlessly flexible, and miraculously effective. >>