Attentional Leadership™ Institute (ALI) is dedicated to the advancement of individual, team, and organizational performance.

Our work emerges from the science of “Peak Performance” or “Flow” strategies. Through extensive research, study and application in multiple performance settings, identifying “Flow Assets” and “Flow Liabilities” provides a comprehensive framework for improving performance at all levels of the organization.

Whether seeking strategies to advance individual performance, team synergy or organizational effectiveness, the ALI can help.

At the personal level, the ALI provides a cutting-edge workshop entitled “Finding Your Flow. For those who wish to take their personal skills to the next level, the ALI offers “The Principles of Personal Excellence™ “ course (26 modules). This course can be taken online or delivered personally through a one-on-one coaching process.

At the interpersonal and team level, the ALI, in partnership with Mountain Vision Expeditions and the Summit of Everest Group, provides a unique and powerful 3-day workshop designed to discover “the hero within.”

At the organizational level, the ALI, powered by Ascent Advisor, works with clients to help them take their companies to the next level—guaranteeing 4x ROI in 100 days.

Whether you seek a keynote speech, individual or team training, personal coaching, team leadership adventures (nationally or internally), or a more comprehensive look at your organizational effectiveness strategies, the ALI can help you reach your individual and collective potential.

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Dr. Bruce H. Jackson

Bruce is the founder of Attentional Leadership™ Institute—a training firm dedicated to helping individuals achieve peak performance. He wrote Finding Your Flow: How to Identify Your Flow Assets and Liabilities—the Keys to Peak Performance Every Day to increase awareness, clarify driving principles, and engage in strategic and focused change.


Dr. Bruce H. Jackson has dedicated his career to the development of individuals, teams, organizations, and communities that seek to maximize influence, leadership, and change.

Bruce has worked with colleges/universities, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit institutions to develop and implement principles of performance, leadership, and change—for students, professionals, and public servants alike.

Bruce is the founder of Attentional Leadership™ Institute—a training firm dedicated to helping individuals achieve peak performance. He wrote Finding Your Flow: How to Identify Your Flow Assets and Liabilities—the Keys to Peak Performance Every Day to increase awareness, clarify driving principles, and engage in strategic and focused change.

Formerly with Korn Ferry/Hay Group, Dr. Jackson also directs the C. Charles Jackson Foundation—advancing leadership centers, programs, and research throughout the world to develop a new generation of influential leaders.

Bruce earned his doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, where his research led to the development of “Attentional Leadership Theory™” (ALT).

Prior to achieving this distinction, he earned master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology (Boston University), Business Administration (University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management), Organizational Development (Fielding Graduate University), and Public Administration (Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government)—all of which provided a broad and deep understanding of human capacity building, leadership development, and organization effectiveness within diverse arenas.

Bruce, his wife Marta, and their three children currently live in Highland, Utah.


Our Team

R. Christopher Barden

J.D., Ph.D., LP

Kevin Miller


Marina von Bergen


Darcy Stivland


R. Christopher Barden, J.D., Ph.D., LP

R. Chris Barden, Ph.D., J.D. is a national expert in the science of coping, resilience, and performance. He works with individuals, families, and organizations to maximize health, leadership, performance, learning, and productivity.

Dr. Barden is the recipient of two national science awards and has published in the leading journals and texts in clinical psychology, child psychology, social psychology, psychiatry, surgery, and pediatrics. He has given invited addresses at Harvard Law School, Harvard College, Yale, Columbia, U.S.C., the Universities of Texas, Minnesota, Georgia, Iowa, and Washington, as well as at conventions in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

Dr. Barden has given invited national training addresses to the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Bar Association, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Conference, the International Assn of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, F.B.I. regional training meetings, to the international sports psychologists gathered for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and other groups.

As a national expert in science, law, and systems reform, Dr. Barden has been interviewed by many national and international media sources including U.S. Congressional Quarterly, CBS 60 Minutes, ABC Nightline, the CBS Evening News, TIME Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Insight Magazine, The New Yorker, the L.A. Times, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the London BBC, U.S. National Public Radio, ABC News 20/20, National German Television, National Finnish Television, 60 Minutes Australia, Canadian Public Radio, PBS Frontline, NBC Dateline, and others.


B.A. – Summa Cum Laude, Distinguished Graduating Senior Award, University of Minnesota

Ph.D. – Child & Adult Clinical Psychology – Univ. of Minnesota & U.C. Berkeley & U.S.V.A. Palo Alto/Stanford Medical School

J.D., Cum Laude – Harvard Law School and the Harvard Law – Harvard Medical Joint Program in Forensic Psychology-Psychiatry

Kevin Miller

Kevin R. Miller is a faculty member of Attentional Leadership™ Institute, founder and president of VisionBound International, and has been working to develop leaders, individuals, teams and organizations around the world for over 25 years. Dr. Stephen R. Covey said of him, “A unique combination of character, competence and enthusiasm has made Kevin an extraordinary teacher.”

As a former Army officer, he observed first hand the power of leadership as a “force multiplier.” He understands the need for strong leaders in today’s challenging world. He served as a company commander in the 7 in Europe and the United States. Added to his military service, in 1995 Kevin founded his own consulting company, VisionBound International, Inc. and has worked since then with public, private and education clients worldwide helping them improve leadership, communication, and customer service skills.

Kevin has combined his experience and content into the VisionBound Leadership Institute which provides a powerful and unique approach for developing leaders at all levels. Kevin’s clients represent a broad, cross section of industries including K-12 and higher education, federal, state and civic government, military, health-care, education, aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, retail and technology. He is also a successful keynote presenter and has presented to his energetic programs to audiences large and small.

Kevin has earned three M.S. degrees—one from Utah State University in secondary education, a second from Kansas State University in adult and continuing education, and a third from the Command and General Staff College in strategy and operations. He holds a B.S. in business management from Brigham Young University.

Kevin and his wife, Denise, live in Springville, Utah. They have four children and six grandchildren. Kevin likes to travel and enjoys gardening, traveling and many other activities.

Marina von Bergen, MA, ACC

Marina’s clients benefit from her decades of consulting, leadership coaching, and communications experience. Her expertise lies in helping global leaders understand the positive impact that strong communication skills have in the global workplace, and then coaching them in their own communication behaviors and emotional intelligence to then reach the next level in their successful careers.

At the organizational level, Marina works with clients to assess and then improve in the three areas she considers having significant impact on organizational communication effectiveness: inter-cultural challenges, inter-generational dynamics, and virtual / global team collaboration.

Having lived and traveled extensively abroad and speaking three languages, Marina’s global experience helps bring an inclusive, collaborative perspective to all of her client work. And as an ICF accredited coach, a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered coach, certified EQ-i 2.0 and 360, and a Prosci Change Management practitioner with a Masters degree in Global Workforce Collaboration, she has the experience, tools and skills needed to help her clients transcend to the next levels in their professions.

Darcy Stivland – SPHR, SHRM – SCP

As a certified executive coach and assessment interpreter, Darcy is passionate about partnering with executives to leverage their strengths, heighten emotional intelligence, and to attain abundant business and personal success.

Darcy has served in executive roles in healthcare, finance, and service industries. She serves as Co-President, Minnesota HR Executive Forum. In addition, she is certified to interpret a range of leadership development and selection assessments, including top requested Hogan Leadership Series and EQi 2.0. Darcy is member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), a frequent visitor to the College of Executive Coaching, a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), and is currently poised to be among the first executive coaches to earn the new Healthcare and Physician Wellbeing Certified Coach credential from the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Darcy has made a career of creating new leadership and organizational development strategies. She enables the growth of others through an upbeat, transparent and collaborative approach.

Darcy is an avid traveler, horse owner, wife and mother of three young adults.