A New TEAM at Tenacious Change!

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For the past ten years it has been MY honor and privilege to serve you and your organization as the founder and president of Tenacious Change.

Now, in 2023, it will be OUR honor and privilege. On January 1 my son, Jakob Klaus, became a full partner in Tenacious Change, LLC and assumed a critical leadership role. Going forward he will be the principal partner for our business. 

Jakob started working with me in December 2021 as a contractor. During the past year he has worked alongside me on evaluation research and in all client consultations. You may have gotten acquainted with him in these roles.

Meet Jakob Klaus

Jakob is an accomplished social worker and union organizer. He earned his MSW in social change at George Mason University, working for more than a decade as a social worker in private and public agencies. His practice focused on the disability community. He has also earned licensure as a Licensed Certified Social Worker in Maryland and is a SHRM Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.

As a social worker for the State of Maryland Jakob became involved in the Maryland Social Services Employees Union as a Shop Steward and then Regional VP. He was effective as a union leader and left his position with the State of Maryland to become a Field Representative and Organizer for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In that role he grew union membership and organized chapters among social services employees, correctional officers, state highway employees, and university employees throughout Central and Western Maryland. At AFSCME he gained a reputation as a highly effective negotiator, litigator, adviser, and recruiter.

What Is Changing

Jakob is stepping into partnership and leadership at Tenacious Change with over 15 years’ experience in personal, family, organizational, and community change work. He is capping off his preparation for this leadership role by completing an MBA with a concentration in business analytics.

Both Jakob and I are excited about this opportunity to work more closely together in ways that leverage our knowledge, strengths, gifts, and abilities. Jakob has a keen business mind, and a heart for equity, social justice, and the greater good for all. As he takes on this role it will allow me to focus more energy and time on content creation, relationship building, and client services.

What Isn’t Changing

Our values and how we work with clients remain the same. If you currently have a contract with Tenacious Change LLC, you still have a contract with Tenacious Change LLC. If you establish a working relationship and agreement with us, it will be with Tenacious Change LLC, which includes Jakob, myself, and a diverse group of contract consultants who work with us.  

What All This Means

The addition of Jakob as our principal partner means that we continue to provide our short-term core training and consultation offerings; deliver our five long-term engagement services; and continue to expand and develop our online courses and training, such as the Tenacious Change Approach. With the skills and experience Jakob is bringing to his new role, and with our contract consultants, we’ll be introducing some new offerings and services in the coming months.

Just as many of you have openly and graciously welcomed me into relationship with you and your organization over the years, I hope you will do the same with Jakob. We are here for you. We hope you will give US the honor and privilege of the opportunity to work with and serve you in 2023.

With appreciation,

Tom Klaus

You get:

  • Ten lessons, which include ten streaming videos (20 min max length), each dedicated to a single Key Mindset and introduces and Essential Operating Principle and Core Task.
  • A 4 to 6-hour course (depending on how much you engage with the lessons) that can be completed in a single day – like your own personal training event!
  • “Pause and Reflect” activities using the Getting Started with the Tenacious Change Approach Journal, a downloadable PDF which you can fill out online or print and complete by hand.
  • A private online learning community for connecting, networking, and sharing with others also working on community change.
  • Invitations to regular “Change Chats” with the developer, instructors, and guests.

Cost: Purchase lessons separately for $49 US each ($490 US total, if all purchased separately). For a limited time, to celebrate the opening of the course, you can buy the full course bundle of 10 lessons for $390 US, a $100 savings.

We are Scheduling for 2023Ready to work with us?

Check out our Consultation, Workshop, and Training page on our website where you can learn about our core offerings and services. On the first page of that section, we offer some questions to help you think through what you need and how we can help. We also have an attractive PDF version of this section you can download, print, and share with others on your team or in your organization. 

Now, how can we help you make change happen for the greater good in your community or organization? Use our Calendly link to set up a time to talk.

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