Steve Randall: Teacher and Contributor
Steve Randall is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology. He is an authorized TSK teacher, personal coach, transpersonal counselor, peak performance researcher, meditation instructor, and time and stress management trainer. A student of the TSK vision since 1977, he was co-editor of Dimensions of Thought (1980), the first two volumes in the Perspectives on TSK Series.
He has taught the Time, Space, and Knowledge (TSK) vision for 32 years, co-founded the Time, Space, and Knowledge Association, and served as its President for seven years. He is committed to helping people toward mastery and peak performance in all aspects of life.
Time-Chi website: www.time-chi.com
Peak Performance blog: stevrandal.wordpress.com
Time management website: www.manage-time.com
"Gradually, studying this very comprehensive collection of descriptions at three levels of time, space, and knowledge, and comparing them to other writings in various fields, it became quite clear that most other writings focused on a subset of the whole. . . . Rather than arguing whether one writing or another is 'right' or 'wrong', it is probably possible to identify and compare the appropriate domains of applicability of different principles, fields, and approaches, and to resolve the issues and apparently conflicting ideas that frequently separate various religions and spiritual disciplines, psychological approaches, and various educational fields." -- Steve Randall
Biography with Respect to Time
I've been writing and doing research on time since 1977, when I started a nine-month intensive program studying a book titled Time, Space, and Knowledge. I learned to change the way I experience time, and saw how most of us Westerners are stuck in a very unhealthy way of experiencing linear time. Time has fascinated me ever since. For 34 years now I've been intensively practicing, writing about, and teaching methods of time management and time mastery.
In the 1980s I studied conventional time management (CTM) and explored how CTM's preoccupation with clock time could be balanced by the experiential timelessness of peak experience. In my occupation, while doing technical writing and teaching, I investigated as I worked, trying to continuously improve both productivity and the moment-by-moment depth and quality of experience. During the evenings and on weekends I taught classes and workshops on changing our experience of time as well as conventional time management.
Since 1985 I've developed the new field of inner time management (ITM), combining it with conventional time management (CTM). I publish, develop curricula, or consult on both CTM techniques as well as new ITM skills. Combining these disciplines is important, since for people in all but the most routine jobs, learning both CTM and ITM is necessary to optimize our lives both personally and professionally.
Finding that productivity was directly related to the quality of experience, I reviewed the literature of business and psychology, searching for some kind of vision that would integrate and balance the two realms. I found that we need a vision of work that isn't focused primarily on productivity and profit, a vision that puts caring for customer and our own personal experience on a par with profits. Not finding such a vision, or even clear guidelines, I continued my investigation, eventually writing a paper on what drives peak performance (it's not the 'bottom line'), and an article on the “zone” of peak performance. I presented these ideas at ASTD meetings and at many other organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area (see below for a list of organizations, colleges, conferences, and media). In 1995 these ideas, as well as findings from teaching thousands of people during classes and workshops, were woven into a book titled Results in No Time, which introduces a cross-cultural vision of work that leads to highest-quality productivity, and fosters fulfillment and deep realization while working, no matter what the mission, task, or environment.
In the late 1990s I developed what is still probably the only one-stop, online time management shop in the world (although the site needs updating): www.manage-time.com My company, Results in No Time offers leading-edge solutions for all common time management problems and tasks, which are listed in the Time Management Guide. The essential conventional time management skills are goal setting, breaking down projects, prioritizing tasks, estimating how long it will take to do things, and organizing and scheduling tasks. I published a free online conventional time management (CTM) seminar, Mastering Time 103.
Besides CTM, which handles goal setting and scheduling what objectives and tasks we do, there's also inner time management (ITM), which optimizes how we do things by changing our frame of mind and degree of engagement in whatever we're doing. I published another free course, Mastering Time 101, which introduces ITM concepts and skills. A more advanced course, Mastering Time 102: Seeing Time as an Ally, presents principles and many additional time management techniques that can be useful for mastering time. Another cutting-edge workshop, Taking the Pressure Out of Deadlines, explores different ways of working with deadline pressure. I believe I am still the only one writing or teaching about how to directly handle time pressures in these ways. I have also written and presented a number of other seminars and presentations: Changing Time Pressures to Effortless Flow, Beat the Clock by Changing Your Personal Time, Turning Procrastination Around, What is the Key to Masterful Work?, What's the Zone of Peak Performance?, Team Planning By Reviewing the Future, and What Happened Next Year?
Early in 2011 I finished the first version of a second book, Flow, Glow, and Zero: Introducing a Vision of Peak Performance for the New Millennium, which describes the zone of peak performance, outlines the complete spectrum of human development, and shows how we can bridge the current divide between organizations' concern with productivity and results, and the individual's personal desires, quality of experience, and fulfillment. In mid-2012 I finished the second edition of Flow, Glow, and Zero, which discusses how the time and stress development process actually set up our experience moment by moment. I hope this will further help people deal with time and other stresses in their lives.
Later in 2011 I wrote an article outlining an effective path to mastery of time pressures--based on seminars taught over twenty years with thousands of people. The article is here: Beat the Clock Before You Run Out of Time. Then I wrote a workshop on Mastering Linear Time to help people thoroughly examine and dismantle linear time—the way we experience time in Western countries. It includes a dozen exercises that are very effective for relieving time’s friction and relentless ﬂow. The workshop is being offered onsite for groups, as well as for individuals who wish to learn at their own pace. I am also doing one-on-one coaching in conjunction with the workshop.
Partly in order to introduce the Mastering Linear Time workshop, in September 2011 I produced a nine-minute video called Got Time? It depicts the habitual Western problems with time pressure and the feeling of not having enough time, identifies common ways of not dealing with the problem, and then suggests that there are ways to change our personal time (like a personal space).
Consulting and Coaching Services
Dr. Steve Randall offers coaching and training for individuals and groups to break through all limits to finding the peaceful, yet most productive and creative zone of peak performance at the center of their whirlwind of activities.
Dr. Randall’s areas of expertise include:
All training and consulting are customized to the client's or group’s needs. Dr. Randall offers a no-cost, half-hour needs assessment consultation. To arrange one, call 510-303-1035, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill in the form to the left.
Dr. Randall's approach is not simply results-driven. All consulting
and training is based in a vision of peak performance that simultane-
ously optimizes (1) productivity, (2) well-being, (3) quality, and (4)
work capacity. This balanced approach fosters continuous improve-
ment, and over the long term produces better bottom-line results than quick-fix, results-driven approaches.
Dr. Randall publishes an email newsletter, Results in No Time. You can sign up on the form to the left.
For me the whole concept of looking at time in a different way was something I had never thought about before, and so I struggled with that through the day. . . . sort of like, “Oh, you can’t do that.” And yet experiencing it through some of those exercises . . . Part of me was saying “Oh, this isn’t possible,” and the other part was saying “Oh, this is wonderful!”… I think you really have something rather terrific there. —Lauretta Spenader, Human Resources Department, Syntex Laboratories
Your portrayal of time as a kind of conveyor belt passing through past, present, and future rooms . . . followed by the exercise where we turned our usual [temporal] perspective around, produced a real shift in consciousness, a new perception of time. —Rev. Stan Hampson, Palo Alto Unity Church
The tools you gave me at this workshop will last a lifetime. —Marilyn Bankert
The thing that’s almost even more gratifying than getting the thing done is the lack of the pain of the procrastination, the painful emotional experience of knowing that it’s got to get done and just feeling so guilty and full of emotional pain about it. . . . And I didn’t do that . . . . I think that was the most exciting and the most innovative and the first experience of that kind I’ve ever had. —Pat Carey-Urbain, psychotherapist
The workshop gave me several clearly different experiences of time in my own consciousness, and the tools and techniques to begin creating them myself. I have read a number of books and teachings on time, but now I have the tools I need. I began to experience and understand how to take back to myself my sovereignty over time. It also totally integrated into my spiritual work. I would recommend this workshop to anyone interested in creating for themselves a life that is deeper, more whole, more harmonious, peaceful and inspiring than our Western culture usually embraces. I found the way Steve presented the workshop personable, “low-key” on a personality level, relaxing and yet very exciting and inspiring. —Brenda Slade
I found this workshop to be very clear and professionally done. It “demystified” the complex question of “What is time?” There were very creative examples. The subject was explained from a historical point of view, a physical point of view and a psychological point of view. New and creative exercises for dealing with “problems with time” were presented. It was very well done! —Barbara Strausberg
Previous Presentations, Consulting, and Workshops
Tandem Computers, Cupertino; Syntex Labs, Palo Alto; Oracle, Redwood Shores; Bay Networks, Santa Clara; Beckman Instruments, Palo Alto; Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto; Human Resources Advertising, Inc., Santa Clara; Chicago Title, Fremont and Hayward; Stanford Research International, Menlo Park; Diversified Collection Services, San Leandro; Howard, Rice, et al, San Francisco; Family Life Center, Petaluma; Center for Living with Dying, Santa Clara; San Jose State University, San Jose; National University, Oakland; PFC Financial Services, Alameda; Tamalpais Union High School District Adult and Community Education, Marin County, CA; National Association for Women in Construction, San Jose; TimeOut Services, Cisco Systems, San Jose; University of Phoenix, N. CA region; Monterey Peninsula Ministerial Association; Delta Corporation, Zimbabwe.
Whole Life Expo, San Francisco: "Transforming Psychological Time;" ATP conference, Pacific Grove, CA: "Opening to the Creativity of Timeless Action;" Celebration of Innovation, San Francisco: "How to Change Your Sense of Time to Induce Creativity;" Whole Life Expo, San Francisco: "How to Get More Done by Slowing Down Time;" Association for Transpersonal Psychology, Pacific Grove, CA: "How to Produce Results in No Time;" California State Bar 1998 Annual Conference, Monterrey, CA: “Taking the Pressure Out of Deadlines.”
San Jose Mercury Professional Careers section; San Diego Union-Tribune; Peninsula Times-Tribune, Palo Alto; Los Altos Town Crier; Saratoga News; De Anza community access cable TV, Cupertino; KRML, Carmel; KKUP, Cupertino; KAZU, Marina/Monterey; KNZS, Santa Cruz; KPFA, Shared Visions, Berkeley; KEST, San Francisco; TVAM Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, Africa; Caminho Sagrado (Sacred Paths) radio shows, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Vincent R. Ciriello & Associates, Los Altos; J.C. Wood Engineering, Portola Valley; Resources for Independent Thinking, Oakland; Forty +, Oakland; The Nonprofit Agency Network, Palo Alto; California School for the Deaf, Fremont; Consultants SIG of Silicon Valley chapter of ASTD; Alameda Chamber of Commerce; ASTD, Mt. Diablo chapter, Danville; Milpitas Rotary Club, Milpitas; Oakland Sunrise Rotary Club, Oakland; Alviso Rotary Club, Alviso; Oakland Sunset Rotary Club, Oakland; Sunnyvale Sunrise Rotary Club, Sunnyvale; Almaden Valley Rotary Club, San Jose; Oakland/Emeryville Rotary Club, Berkeley; E. Oakland Rotary Club, Oakland; North Pleasanton Rotary Club, Pleasanton; Fremont Sunrise Rotary Club, Fremont; Hayward South Rotary Club, Hayward; DCS, San Leandro; Palo Alto Unity Church, Unity Professionals, and Unity Singles, Palo Alto; Unity Center, Walnut Creek; Firelight Science of Mind Center, San Jose; Tri-City Church of Religious Science, Fremont; Sambosa, Carmel; Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, San Jose; Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto; The Healing Connection, San Jose and Menlo Park; East-West books, Menlo Park; Open Secret bookstore, San Rafael; Mandala Center, Itatiba, Brazil; Turiya Yoga Centres, Brisbane, Australia.