The Big Questions

For my entire life, I’ve been compelled to seek answers to the big questions about the meaning of life.

  • Who am i?
  • Why am I here?
  • What is my purpose?
  • How should I relate to others?
  • How can I make the best choices?

At every step of my journey along that path, I’ve been sharing what I’ve learned about how to find greater meaning and reward in life and in work.

For nearly thirty years, through my writing about right livelihood business, meaningful work, and community building, I have dispensed what I’ve learned to 10s of thousands of men and women searching for more meaning in their lives, their work, and their workplaces.

Whatever my interest, I go deep and broad. I think about it, read about it, research it, speak about it, teach about it, and write about it. I even dream about it in my sleep. I do my best to share my learning along the way through my books, courses, and service offerings. My main services take the form of coaching, consulting, and training.

For many years now, my sharings have been filtered through the lenses of business as right livelihood and using mindfulness to find meaningful work. My brands for these two arenas are Good Business Advice™ and Good Work Guidance™.

Through Good Business Advice™, I offer consulting to small and really small businesses about start-up, growth, right-sizing and succession or sale with a special focus on The Internet as the Great Equalizer for the smaller organization.

Through Good Work Guidance™, I offer coaching to employees who aspire to more meaningful work, from line-workers and managers to executives and owners.

For more than thirty years, I’ve offered coaching and consulting services (both in-person and online) to people interested in going deeper into the discoveries they make while working with me.

I have been fortunate to share intimate 1-on-1 coaching sessions with nearly 1,000 individuals and, with their help, I have refined the unique Good Work Guidance™ and Good Business Advice™ self-discovery processes designed to help find more meaningful work (see “How I Help” below).

These processes now include an emphasis on mindfulness, focusing, and other skillful means as well as many other powerful ways to escape the bonds of wage slavery and live a life of meaningful contribution and financial security.

Burroughs Portable Calculator Class 1 Model 9
Burroughs Portable Calculator
My second analog computer - Friden SRW Calculator
Sharp Electronic Calculator-late-60s
Edmund Scientific Calculator 1945

How I Help

Consulting and Coaching

I offer two approaches to giving advice and guidance:

  • consulting as a subject matter expert
    • (“the sage on the stage”).
  • coaching as a facilitator of self-discovery
    • (the “guide on the side”)

Of course, they each borrow from the other as appropriate. So my coaching clients may receive the benefit of some of my expertise when desired and my consulting clients will also be thoughtfully coached when needed.

Good Work Guidance is the “brand” for my primary coaching service. It is oriented more toward those who prefer to work for someone else, but want to work toward their own right livelihood within the workplace.

Good Business Advice is the “brand” for my primary consulting service. It is for those who want to start or grow an economically self-sustaining project, cause effort, or commercial enterprise.

Both are available online. They are also available in-person occasionally, for those living or visiting the San Francisco Bay Area or the New England coast between Boston and Portland, Maine.

Visit these links to learn more about Good Work Guidance™ or Good Business Advice™ specifically:

Visit these links to learn more about the full range of my coaching and consulting services:

If you have any question or want to start a conversation about any of this, please . . .

. . . [ visit my contact page ].

Learning Opportunities

For more than thirty years, (both in-person and online) I’ve also offered workshops, webinars, courses and other lifelong learning opportunities to several thousand people interested in going deeper in the directions described in my writing or through my consulting and coaching. My training services are an extension of the coaching or consulting I do.

If you have any questions about learning opportunities or want to start a conversation about your own needs, please . . .

. . . [ visit my contact page ].

CW Under Persimmon Tree
CW preparing PC for co-teaching presentation at training program for Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
Coaching professor at King Abdul Aziz University
A Noren learning expedition visits the San Francisco Zen Center's restaurant, Greens.
A Noren learning expedition visits Paul Terry and Associates, small business advisory services.

More About My Clients' Options

Whatever my interest, I go deep and broad. I think about it, read about it, research it, speak about it, teach about it, and write about it. I even dream about it in my sleep. I do my best to share my learning along the way through my books, courses, and service offerings. My main services take the form of coaching, consulting, and training.

For many years now, my sharings have been filtered through the lenses of business as right livelihood and using mindfulness to find meaningful work. My brands for these two arenas are Good Business Advice™ and Good Work Guidance™ (as mentioned above).

Through Good Business Advice™, I offer consulting about start-up, growth, right-sizing and succession or sale to small and really small businesses with a special focus on The Internet as the Great Equalizer for the smaller organization.

Through Good Work Guidance™, I offer coaching to employees who aspire to more meaningful work, from line-workers and managers to executives and owners.

My training services are an extension of the coaching or consulting I do.

“Claude Whitmyer is a invaluable consultant who harmonizes matters of the marketplace with those of the spirit. Without him I still wouldn’t know that ‘right livelihood’ is a practical reality, not just a philosophical ideal.”
Maureen Redl
Maureen Redl, Psychotherapist
Sausalito, California

Who Benefits from My Services?

My one-to-one and group services have helped at least one person from each of the following occupations:

Silhouettes of ordinary people

accountants, actors, actuarys, architects, artisans, artists, authors, automotive mechanics, bankers, bookkeepers, carpenters, chefs, chemists, childcare workers, coaches, court reporters, dancers, database administrators, designers, desktop publishers, disc jockeys, doctors, economists, educators, engineers, electricians, executive assistants, farmers, gardeners, graphic designers, health professionals, landscape architects, landscape designers, lawyers, librarians, map makers, musicians, nurses, paralegals, performers, photographers, playwrights, programmers, psychologists, real estate agents, reporters, scientists, sculptors, secretarys, social workers, statisticians, street performers, stockbrokers, teachers, typists/word processors, urban planners, veterinarians, web designers, webmasters, writers, and more.

"You took the time to understand the business before contributing your clear and effective advice. Your ideas were really helpful and you pin-pointed the key problems with our company. Thank you for all your help over the last two years." Tom Asher, Art Venture, clothing manufacturer, Tiburon, California
Tom Asher
Tom Asher, Art Venture
clothing manufacturer, Sausalito, Califronia

I’ve also helped many aspiring entrepreneurs and long-time business owners from a wide variety of business types, including: consulting firms, healthcare practices (including acupuncture and Chinese medicine, allopathic, chiropractic, counseling and therapy, energy medicine, homeopathic, massage, and naturopathic), mail order, private schools, public warehousing, retail stores, small manufacturers, and wholesale distributors.

I’ve worked with and executives from large organizations in the business, government, healthcare, and higher education sectors as well, including Apple Computer, Bank of America, Esprit, Fujitsu America, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, Levi Strauss, Prudential, the University of California, Wells Fargo Bank and Zenger Miller.

Noren visits Briar Jim Lewis, inventor of Astrocartography.
Jim Lewis, popularizer of Astrocartography
Noren visits Briar Jake Warner at Nolo Press
Jake Warner, cofounder of Nolo Press

“Did You Really Do All That?”

When I first began sharing descriptions or lists of the many jobs and businesses I’d helped, I naturally got some questions about how it was possible to have served such a wide variety and large number.

The answer is simple: I’ve always given back to my “community” by volunteering my services pro bono to special case needs or personally meaningful causes.

In addition to several hundred consulting clients, my volunteer consulting through the Briarpatch Network exposed me to more than a thousand individual small businesses.

During my 12 years at Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, as a teacher or consultant, I observed dozens more.

My vocational guidance services (for employees, managers, and executives aspiring to more meaningful work) allowed me to help more than 500 individual career clients.

The value of the lessons learned from the wide variety of jobs and businesses I’ve worked with is incalculable.

If you want to start a conversation about any of this, please . . .

. . . visit my contact page.

IT Support Group meeting at NAI Annual Meeting
Working with IT Support Group, NASA Astrobiology Institute
Female professors at King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
With women faculty at King Abdulaziz University
CW leading Video Conferencing Training Program at Modest Community College
Leading course on classroom video conferencing.

Coaching Options

Career Guidance

I offer Individual and group sessions in-person or online.

Good Work Guidance™ Hot Seat, San Francisco

Executive Coaching

For a manager or executive facing a job transition, suffering in their current position, or looking for guidance about making their next career moves down the path to meaningful work, I offer private sessions online—or in person for those living or visiting the San Francisco Bay Area or the New England coast between Boston and Portland, Maine.

To start a conversation about this [ use my contact page. ]

Coaching

Consulting Options

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Consulting

I have been a leader in promoting small business and entrepreneurship for more than 25 years offering a full spectrum of business consulting services and learning opportunities for people who are in business for themselves—or who want to be.

CW leading a workshop of Running a One-Person Business at Books 'n' Things, Norway, Maine
Book signing at Books 'n' Things, Norway, Maine

For Small, Really Small, & One-Person Businesses

From Free Agents to Entrepreneurs including:

  • Artists, Musicians, Inventors, Makers, and Cause-Driven Nonprofits
  • Healthcare, Legal, and Business Professionals
  • Small and Very Small Hotels, Restaurants, and Spas
  • Small Manufacturers, Wholesale Distributors, and Retailers
  • Anybody with self-starting energy and a desire to explore business as right livelihood.

When my clients are starting, expanding, or selling a small, right-livelihood business and they are hoping to do it right but not sure where to start or how to proceed, I help them figure it out.

If you’d like to start a conversation about your own small business ideas, please [ use my contact page. ]

Living Lightly Retail Store
Living Lightly Urban "Truck" Store
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
Bottling Machine, Clear Creek Natural Cosmetics

Consulting to Larger Organizations

I have been a pioneer in training people in larger organizations about how to improve productivity and communication by mastering the tools of online communications, teaming, and meetings. I have been consulting, teaching, and writing about these topics since the late 1980s offering a variety of business consulting services and learning opportunities

Claude gives demo to Dean at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
FastTrack® Coaching for an Executive

For Departments and Teams within Government, Healthcare, Higher Education

Internet Technology for Meeting, Teaming, and Communicating

My wife, Gail Terry Grimes, and I launched FutureU™ (The University of the Future, LLC) in 1998 as a research and training firm specializing in online learning, web meetings, virtual teams and web-based communications. We have served primarily teams and departments within government, healthcare, and higher education organizations. We have conducted a wide variety of training and orientation programs, developed extensive content for face-to-face and online delivery, and conducted many research, assessment and implementation projects.

To start a conversation about any of these services for larger organizations, [ use my contact page. ]

Claude (taking photo) presenting to CORA Learning Expedition
Presenting to CORA learning expedition.
CW leading training program at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
Leading a Training in Building Online Courses
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