WORK

Vocare believes humans are hard-wired for satisfying, meaningful and balanced livesthey simply need the tools to build one for themselves. Thus our offerings teach participants models for approaching life, navigating suffering, and understanding themselvesall within a supportive community of peers.

This is my summary of thousands of academic studies . . . Enduring happiness comes from human relationships, productive work, and the transcendental elements of Life.

ARTHUR C. BROOKS,
HARVARD UNIVERSITY

WORK

Vocare believes humans are hard-wired for satisfying, meaningful and balanced livesthey simply need the tools to build one for themselves. Thus our offerings teach participants models for approaching life, navigating suffering, and understanding themselvesall within a supportive community of peers.

This is my summary of thousands of academic studies . . . Enduring happiness comes from human relationships, productive work, and the transcendental elements of Life.

ARTHUR C. BROOKS,
HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Our Work Manifests in the Following Ways: 

Strengthening Families, Teams and Enterprises

Vocare Advising helps family and closely held business leaders navigate success and love – the touchstones of business and family that create organizational, relational, structural, and financial tensions in business owning families. Leaders are taught how to execute and integrate best business and family practices through developing essential skills like emotional intelligence, system thinking, differentiation, polarity management and more. 

Believe us, we know it is no small challenge to work with people you’ve known your entire life. We also know how uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner will be if things aren’t handled compassionately and with integrity. Vocare Advising helps tackle challenges like:

  • Next Generation Leadership Selection: Determining which sibling or in-law in generation two is the best qualified to lead the enterprise.
  • Interpersonal Conflict: Navigating daily operations and crucial conversations 
  • Role Alignment: Making sure you don’t have the wrong person in the wrong seat on the bus
  • Leadership Development:  The soft skills necessary for contemporary organizational leadership.  
  • Leadership Team Development: Creating a leadership community where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. 
  • Founder Transition: Helping founders renegotiate their role and relationship to the enterprise they started and often still love.

Igniting Personal Integration for a Fulfilled Life

21st century life for the person of influence is too often fragmented and frantic. We help you stop living someone else’s life and get yours back. We partner with you to more deeply understand your uniqueness as a person and leader (your design) and renew a sense of purpose (your destiny). We help you connect your head and heart, address the dark side of your leadership, change life structures that inhibit your flow, and strengthen your capacity to tackle current leadership challenges.

This is all achieved through building your inner life, your relationships, your entrepreneurial work, and the transcendental elements of life into a whole. And you’ll do it with like-minded peers in a safe environment that supports deep personal growth as we build a community full of shared experience, meaning and purpose. 

We offer two formal programs to catalyze your personal and professional growth:

  • The Forums: Cohorts of eight to ten peers engage a three-year process of personal and professional development known as the V O C A R E way. Biannual retreats, monthly coaching, yearly intensives and building community that will last a lifetime take you to a depth you can’t buy anywhere else. Contact us for references and information on becoming a Forum Founder.
  • The Accelerator: A patient mix of incubator and accelerator, we are focused on underserved entrepreneurs. We derisk the human capital and relationships of entrepreneurial efforts that are ready to grow. Our network partners do the financial de-risking and prepare you for the next round of funding. Contact us about the Accelerator application and scholarship process.CONTACT

Creating Connections for Lasting Change

V O C A R E  functions as a network around our mission. If your business has a vision for larger projects to advance human flourishing, seek the common good, and inspire lasting social change then we can help. We have extensive knowledge, and practical experience in implementing and teaching:

  • Network Architecture: The Nodes and the Net of a formal network are different from the building blocks of a self-contained organization. This is not just “networking”!
  • Network Entrepreneur Mindset & Skill Set: The mental models of a network entrepreneur are distinctive, and a specialized set of skills is required.
  • Collective Impact Initiatives: The challenging work of building trust and partnerships in the private, public and civil society sectors in order to move the needle on pressing social concerns.
  • Backbone Organizations: An organization that doesn’t directly provide services, but exists for the sake of other organizations, providing the structure and protocols to enable societal change. 
  • Social Enterprises & Impact Investing:  For measurable social impact alongside financial returns. Not charity. Not traditional business. Innovating healthy free markets for human flourishing.

We offer the following networked training program:

“At the heart of some of the most sophisticated, large-scale solutions to social problems are some of the most accomplished leaders you’ve never heard of: network entrepreneurs.” Stanford Social Innovation Review

Past V O C A R E  Network Entrepreneurship:

  • Restore Hope Arkansas: A backbone organization leading a collective impact initiative to reduce prison recidivism for Governor Asa Hutchinson.
  • HaitiCure: A self-replicating training network of businesses and churches in Haiti to create jobs and strengthen families, in ten cities, over 2000 people trained.
  • Zimbabwe Rotary International: Partnered with the Rotary District governor to identify water projects and lead network fundraising. Millions of dollars and dozens of projects.

Researching and Teaching Ideas to Support Success

The  V O C A R E Institute is a decentralized think tank dedicated to researching, writing and teaching the ideas foundational to our work. Members of the Institute have gathered around these concepts:

  • Source: The foundation of our work is the philosophy and historical wisdom of the Judeo-Christian perspective and other faith traditions, along with scientific research and knowledge from our respective academic domains. 
  • Connect: We are a multidisciplinary network of academics and practitioners. We represent academic accomplishment in the fields of philanthropy, theology, sociology, missiology, political theory, economics and clinical psychology. We offer research and writing stipends to our members, we convene annually for peer review and education, and collaborate on writing projects. 
  • Flourish: Our think tank focus is on expressions of community and good works through enterprising families and closely-held businesses. Owners are learning to not only build businesses, they are building families and workplace communities. Owners are inspired to remember the poor among us and help underserved entrepreneurs who can in turn create markets and jobs.

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“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” – Steve Jobs