Pathwise Opens at Microsoft in September

For those of you keeping tabs, I am managing business development for Pathwise Management, and have set up several “Opens” at Microsoft for September. The internal sponsor of Pathwise, Randy Wootton, GM of US Specialist Sales in the online advertising space, sent an email to members of the Management Excellence Community (MEC) a couple weeks back that provides a great summary of the Open model and the benefits of attending:

Pathwise ( is an advanced development program for “already strong” leaders both at Microsoft and other top companies who want to enhance their ability to lead. The founders of Pathwise have distilled 150 years of psychological theory and practice into 10 critical insights designed for business leaders to apply in everyday situations.

In my opinion, Pathwise starts where The Management Excellence Foundation Program leaves off in terms of helping leaders further develop those–difficult to master–Microsoft competencies of Executive Maturity, Systems Thinking, and Interpersonal Awareness and Effectiveness. Incorporating a similar experiential learning model and extending the sense of community to include those outside of Microsoft, the program delivers material over time and in a manner that enables participants to master these tools and create a new way of “being” as a leader.

The “Opens” are events that focus on teaching two of the Pathwise “Essentials” (the critical insights listed above), Suspension of Attention and Transference. At the end of the session, you should have two new skills/tools that you can use to improve your ability to interact with others in high pressure situations. The Open is not a sales pitch, rather it is an actual two-hour class that gives participants a solid experience of Pathwise. There is also no cost, other than your time, to attend.

For those of you inside Microsoft who would like to attend, there are a few openings still available:

  • September 15th 12:00PM – 2:00PM, 99/3535
  • September 17th 10:00AM – 12:00PM, 113/4181
  • September 24th 10:00AM – 12:00PM, 99/1535
  • September 29th 12:00PM – 2:00PM, SEA-320Westlake/6029

If you’re outside of Microsoft but within the Puget Sound, and would like to schedule an Open at your company, you can reach me at

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Servers and Services MVP, the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and CMO of, a blockchain-based video technology company.