In addition to researching and writing the Work Shop materials appearing on this site, I have also been working on projects that I have divided in to three sections: Mentoring, Position Papers, and The Heart Question®.

Mentoring Projects

Here are a few forms that I created for a Seattle incubator and have used in various engagements.

Mentoring Forms (General)
“Mentoring Road Map – The Foundation of the Relationship”
Mentoring Program Description and Guidelines
How to Screen and Select Mentors
Mentoring Agreement
Mentor-Mentee Agreement
Notice of Withdrawal
Session Record keeping Forms
Meeting Agenda Worksheet

Mentee Forms
Mentoring Request Form
Application Form
Evaluation Form
Enrollment Form
Agreement Form
Exit Evaluation Form

Mentor Forms
Mentor Application
Mentor Closing Questionnaire
Mentor Profile

Position Papers

Incubators and Accelerators: Creating World Class Programs”
2014 (6 pages)
By Gregory Paley

An Overview How Crowd Works” 2014 (2 pages)
Written for inclusion in national business magazine
By Gregory Paley

Strategic Initiatives to Increase Awareness of SCORE” 2013 (5 pages)
By Gregory Paley, Executive Committee Member, Seattle SCORE

The Heart Question®

Having worked alongside many hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives of start-up and emerging companies, I discovered something unexpected and surprising: Namely that the range of topics that we discussed and explored often extended beyond the “nuts and bolts” of starting, managing, or growing a business.  Yes, we would talk about business plans, attracting and maintaining customers, sharpening messages, developing “go to market” strategies, and raising capital. However,  the more often I met with my clients the more I became a  sounding board and started facilitating discussions across a range of topics that transcended business. My role began changing, and morphing into developing frameworks for assessing how we manage our day to day decisions.

What transpired in those discussions was a shift in my perspective about how our decision making processes are usually influenced and how we unknowingly reduced our decisions to factors expressed in terms of hunches rather than quantifiable facts.  Rather than serving as a sounding board where my guidance was aimed on testing the wisdom of business assumptions or pushing the boundaries of the commercial consideration, I started asking about the reasons or processes behind the choices or decisions that my clients were struggling to make.  We began studying the motives and delving into the deeper meanings behind the reasons.

What emerged from those discussions was a distinction, a course with two paths that each of us seem to be unconsciously aware of when having to chose between conflicting course of action. One was what I call the emotional decision making path and the other was the logical decision making path.  Why do some decision making processes, beyond the trivial and insignificant ones, leave us second-guessing and doubting ourselves while other choices leave us inspired and with a sense of empowerment, ease and grace?

My observations inspired me to dig deeper and ask if there could be any connections or patterns between the words we use to explain how we arrived at decision and our level of satisfaction with the final outcome- irrespective of whether the consequence was known, contemplated or intended.  Is the language we use to describe how we arrive at our decisions just a coincidence or is it a bi-product of some sort of spontaneous utterance?  When we talk about our reasons for making a particular decision are we aware of the language we use to express the basis of our decision or is the language purposefully chosen?  Could there be a deeper meaning beyond the plain language we so often use to describe the journey taken along our “decision paths”?

The Heart Question® embodies the origins of my curiosity and interest in expanding the notions of our decision making framework.  It provides us with a glimpse into the possibility of tapping a resource and then apply a new methodology that calls us into action and strengthens our resolve whenever we encounter difficult choices that cannot be reduced to logic or practicality.

Since 2013, The Heart Question® has been an integral part of my workshops.  It inspires me to continue investigating if there are patterns in our language that reflect our deepest feelings and if those patterns reveal a causal relationship between our choices, decisions and the consequences of that flow from them.  The Heart Question® creates an opening for us craft a new decision model where we can learn to become more confident in our choices especially in times when we find ourselves struggling to arrive at the “right” answer rather than merely relying upon old habits, that are akin to merely choosing between the lesser of two evils, to resolve uncertainty or ambiguity in our lives. The Heart Question®