Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster come from the same core
interest: what makes people tick. Born in the 50's, they
were both raised in the northeast, and both showed early
signs of being generally fascinated by human behavior.
As a child, Katherine Crowley spent hours reading books
about astrology and famous movie stars from the 1930's. She
combed over the biographies of such film icons as Jean
Harlow, Vivien Leigh and Spencer Tracy. "I was intrigued by
the public victories and personal tragedies they endured."
Kathi Eslter, meanwhile, spent her childhood reading Life
magazine and National Geographic. She was fascinated by the
notion that people in New Guinea, Africa and Russia lived
such extremely different lives. "I realized that our way of
life was only one culture and one lifestyle among many."
Then the sixties came... The book that caught Kathi's
attention was I'm Okay, You're Okay. "It had a tremendous
impact on me." Kathi treasured this book because it raised
consciousness that life and relationships did not have to be
scripted. "If we could see each other as unique individuals,
we could allow each person to express him or herself, and
still get along."
At the same time, Katherine's world opened up via Desmond
Morris' The Naked Ape. "I was blown away by the notion that
humans were animals to be studied over time. It seemed
amazing that today's social practices and customs could have
evolved over thousands of years."
As the 70's arrived, Katherine and Kathi, while still on
separate paths, discovered the same books, The Road Less
Traveled, by F. Scott Peck and How Can I help? By Ram Dass.
These books laid the foundation for their personal
development and life work.
Katherine and Kathi finally met in the late 80's. By then,
Katherine's interest in psychology led to books such as
Robert Kegan's Evolving Self, and Alice Miller's Drama of
the Gifted Child. Kathi built her knowledge base in business
with books such as Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and
William Ury, The Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins. Smart
Questions by Dorothy Leeds.
In the 90's, Katherine began to investigate interpersonal
dynamics at work. and gender differences. Two of her
handbooks were The Dance of Anger and Men are from Mars,
Women are from Venus. Kathi focused on identifying social,
economic and political trends and understanding how they
influenced business. She completed Alvin Toffler's trilogy,
Future Shock, The Third Wave, Powershift. She also studied
the consumer trends guru, Faith Popcorn: Clicking and The
In 2000, The Tipping Point by Malcom Caldwell, caught the
joint attention of Katherine and Kathi as did Excuse Me,
Your Life Is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn.
While Katherine is interested in helping individuals
navigate the emotional obstacles that prevent them from
realizing their goals, Kathi is passionate about giving
people practical solutions to complex business situations.
Katherine: "I see my job as educating and supporting people
in self-awareness that leads to positive action on their own
Kathi: "I want to help people own up to their actions and
take the high road in terms of how they interact with others
in a professional setting."
Katherine: "We both want to raise consciousness in the
Kathi: "We're dedicated to helping individuals take
responsibility for the results they create, and for the
effect that their attitudes have on themselves and others."
Books:Working WIth You Is Killing Me, March 2006