Kensho Education started in early 2015 when its founders committed to changing how employers and employees work together and relate to one another. In August 2016, we launched our first program, Pause.
The ideas behind Kensho are simple, but not easy. We believe the workplace should offer personal fulfillment to employees through respectful, humane relationships and support. We also believe people within the workplace can give our lives meaning and purpose. In the words of Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi:
“Today, business leaders cannot begin to foster a climate of positive order if their sole concern is making a profit. They must also have a vision that gives life meaning, that offers people hope for their own future and those of their children.” - Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning
Kensho is rooted in the practical skills and outcomes from forward-thinking books. We provide a meaningful and rewarding learning experience that participants can immediately apply to change the dynamics of their day-to-day work..
What does "Kensho" mean?
There are a lot of definitions for the Japanese Zen word "Kensho," but the one we've settled on that we like most is:
The initial moment of enlightenment that requires further deepening.
Basically, it means "epiphany moment." We believe that epiphanies are worth pursuing and curious people don't let them go. Kensho Education is for those people looking for epiphanies in their work and their professional relationships.
Allen worked in retail for 15 years until he got into the staffing world in 1998. He and a friend started Phoenix Staff in 2002 with a single goal of employing good people in good jobs. He loves helping people determine the right path for their careers and navigating the world of work. He serves as Chairman of a Phoenix-based non-profit called Kids at Hope. When not spending time with his wife and son, he enjoys running, camping, and rooting for the Red Sox.
"He's just this guy, you know?" - Gag Halfrunt, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Anthony is the technology director at meltmedia in Tempe, AZ and the chief dude guy behind Make Weird Music. His top priorities at work are to build highly-performing teams and develop healthy company culture. He is highly motivated by passions for creativity and music.