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2012 Education & Career Advancement Guide

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The Way to Grow®

Founded by Glenn Furuya in 1982, Leadership Works offers workshops and consulting services aimed to develop leaders, cultivate strong organizations that thrive, and empower people to live their purpose.

Founder Glenn Furuya teaching a workshop.

Born and raised in Hilo, Furuya earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from the University of Hawaii and started his career as a special education teacher.  The eight-year journey taught him to lead, as he was challenged to create strategies and foster an environment that would inspire his students to learn. 

During this same time, he also served as the head of advertising and assistant to the company President, Tony Taniguchi, at KTA Super Stores in Hilo, where he gained valuable business experiences and insights on how to transform an organization.  

In 1982, armed with this experience and knowledge, he left these positions to pursue his passion for leadership, and started Leadership Works, a company that’s been growing leaders, teams and businesses for 30 years. Along the way, he trained with some of the industry’s top business leaders, including Dr. W. Edwards

Deming, who taught him that results emerge from optimized systems, empowered people, and enlightened leadership.  


Blending the wisdom of Eastern, Western and Polynesian cultures, Leadership Works offers leadership, employee and team-building workshops and services that create personal, professional and organizational growth.  Its signature eight-day program, The Leadership Works Experience, is offered each Spring and Fall on Oahu and will also be held this Fall in Hilo. The complete course schedule and link to register is available at www.leadershipworks.com/events.

Over eight amazing days, program participants learn how to:

• Develop eight personal patterns of real leadership
• Create a clear sense of purpose
• Define and apply principles that bond
• Implement and sustain smooth-running, high-performance processes
• Create an organization of empowered and committed people

In addition to The Leadership Works Experience, the company also conducts numerous in-house workshops and provides consulting services to improve the leadership, communication, teamwork, and service skills of those it serves.

“It has been said that there is no such thing as status quo, you either wilt or grow,” said Furuya. “Growth is the obvious choice. For 30 years, that’s what we have helped people and organizations do. Come join us and let’s get growing!”


Leading isn’t easy. That’s why Furuya has taken what he’s learned over the past 30 years and put it all into a pint-sized book perfect for the coffee table or desk of any leader. Told through inspirational pictures, thought-provoking messages and positive affirmations, you’ll uncover 50 powerful leadership lessons aimed to enhance one’s leadership skills. $15 per book, plus shipping and handling. www.LeadershipWorks.com


Leadership Works
(808) 593-8188

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