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Dr. Brian Mistler


Dr. Brian Mistler Dr. Brian J. Mistler brings to our organization a strong mix of organizational experience and business expertise.

Honored by Florida Leader magazine and the recipient of countless distinctions for his outstanding work worldwide, Brian has worked in a broad spectrum of political and business arenas around the globe - from rural Guatemala to Eastern Europe. Brian has studied with Aubrey Daniels, Dr. Patch Adams, and after being selected as International Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, was invited to intern at the British Parliament. Brian has received advanced training in Group Psychology, Gestalt Principles of Change, Clinical Hypnosis, Health Care System Design, and Organizational and Management Success.

Brian received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida and his Masters in International Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He also completed multiple undergraduate degrees at Stetson University, including a B.S. in Computer Science, and served as both Student Body President and as a student member of the Board of Trustees.

When not consulting or working in Higher Ed Administration, Brian also enjoys clinical work and teaching, and has been affiliated most recently with The University of Florida, The University of Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.

Brian has also been recognized for his research and writing in a range of areas including personal and organizational change, has published dozens of popular and scholarly articles, and co-directs research on practical methods and on-line tools for delivering quality training.

Articles by Dr. Brian Mistler

The Change Challenge

January 1st, 2010

This post presents a short video introduction to The Change Challenge.

Habit Support the Key to Change: Lessons from Fat School

May 24th, 2008

“You are what you repeatedly do; Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle Indeed. Another of my favorite thinkers, Rick Maurer, recently posted on this same topic after reading an article in the Washington Post about “Fat School”. Rick is another national consultant with some outstanding ideas. He’s also, like me, […]

Possibility vs. Desirability: Picking The Right Swiss Army Knife

February 17th, 2008

The Ultimate Swiss Army Knife Do you own a swiss army knife or know someone who does?  They’re a great tool, because they can do lots and lots of things.  Check out this swiss army kife. How neat is this?!#@  It’s fun just thinking about all the things this can do.  I love the newest electronic inventions and […]

Fortune 500 Whack-a-mole: Prioritize Everything and Stop Wasting Your Resources

April 2nd, 2007

Finding good goals is tough. Finding core activities that are aligned with and support your goals is very hard. But, the most important and difficult part is usually making sure that these goals are rated by importance. If you’re not doing that, you may very well be wasting your time… and your money! I think […]

How Getting 50% Can Feel Like Getting 100% – And Double Your Team’s Effectiveness

March 31st, 2007

My colleagues and I have noticed – over the course of the last 17 years or so – that many leaders ask their employees to give “110%” while very frequently only getting back about 20-30% of their potential.  What is going on here, and what can be done about it?  We think we have a pretty […]

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