The work of Executive Arts began in 1979 when Jim Ewing committed himself to working on his inner passion: facilitating individuals who were striving to express their talents and commitments as fully as possible. After a dozen years of rocket science, Jim abandoned his engineering roots to learn all he could about Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Psychodrama, Voice Dialogue, and adult aging and staging. As he began to do this professionally, Executive Arts became his corporate brand.
The 'Executive' is the part of us who has the ability to choose a new path for our self - we might call it our will, our inner leader, or our guide. In industry direction is set and strategic decisions are made at the executive level; so it is in ourselves. Our inner executive must choose new directions, learn and explore, and turn these urges into reality.
This is an art more than a science. Just as there are Martial Arts, which are ultimately personal and empowering, so there are Executive Arts.
Each of the Executive Arts disciplines is based on the core insight that creative motion on the path of learning, design and transformation begins with hints, clues, guesses, slips of the tongue, unknowing and making it up. In other words, in the shadows rather than in the known. Each provides a process for generating such material and for capturing it in a way which is later transformed to reveal patterns which open the door to discovery and creative testing. The disciplines require both spatial and linear thinking in equal measure, calling on the whole person, and are most powerful when taken as a learning path to a different insight about the world.