Grieving, Learning, and Growing

A Mentoring Model for Organizational and Personal Growth


  • Richard Schuttler PhD,

    1. Walden University
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    • Richard Schuttler, PhD, is a contributing faculty member at Walden University and an international public speaker, executive mentor, bestselling author, and co-founder of Professional Progress Academy, an online education and training membership site. He may be reached at

  • Cheryl Lentz DM

    1. Walden University
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    • Cheryl Lentz, DM, is a university professor at Walden University and a prolific award-winning author known for her writings on The Golden Palace Theory of Management, effective study skills, and refractive thinking. She is a 15-time internationally published author who assists doctoral scholars in publishing their writings within the trademarked anthology series: The Refractive Thinker®. She may be reached at


The process of organizational and personal improvement can often be a daunting challenge, particularly for organizational and executive leaders. To address this process, the authors offer a cognitive learning strategy for any leader to consider as part of his or her personal development process based on the nexus of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's stages of grief, Benjamin Bloom's cognitive taxonomy, and Richard Schuttler's executive mentoring model. In a time when formal and informal leaders are needed to set a great example, the industry of mentoring (and coaching) appears to have many people trying to help others, yet perhaps not all of them have the foundational underpinnings of knowledge needed to fully understand the emotional reactions or steps to learning.