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As a Difference Maker, you have the power to change the world…starting from the inside and out. 


“You can make changes today that will make an important difference in your life (and in the life of others.) Just beginning to believe that you have more to contribute to family, friends, work, and the world than you are presently giving will shift your energy and your availability.”
(Quote from our upcoming book on Addictions)

Difference Makers Circle is in the business of helping you break free of the attitudes, addictions, and behaviours that hamper your DMQ (Difference Making Quotient) so that you can step more fully into your potential and purpose as a positive Difference Maker for Self, and the people and systems you care about.

How are we different than other businesses that offer self improvement or development products and services?

In some ways we’re not different from other providers of personal or professional coaching and development products and services.  Like them, we also want to help you get better at what you do, become a better person, find purpose and meaning, become stronger, and achieve your goals.

So how are we different? First we created our own Self-leadership FISC™-based model—an inside-out approach to  personal and professional development. Why? Because it seemed that there was something missing in most development products and programs—especially those related to leadership. They focused mostly on external measures and motivators.

We believed that the best, most transformative, lasting approach to development needed to involve change. Change that focuses inside, then out. We believe that doing the ‘inner work’ of developing Self awareness, resiliency, confidence, happiness, and fulfillment— is key to making a positive difference, and making the ‘world’ a better place.

Thank you for caring about the kind of difference you make in life, work, and relationships. Please keep reading because…

…we’re here to inspire , engage, equip, and support you. We want to serve as guides as you you explore your unique potential and purpose as a positive Difference Maker in life, work, and relationships.

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Personally, and professionally, we know that:

  • Even when you’re intentional about making a positive difference, there are times when you feel like you’re tripping over the same bumps in the road, or going backward not forward.
  • Personally or through observation, you have witnessed the damage done by someone who is not aware, or doesn’t care, that their ‘wake’ is hurting people and doing damage. You don’t want to be like that. You want to be part of the solution, the growing move that makes ‘life’ better, not worse.
  • If you’re like most people, you probably have some very important and rich inner resources that you have not yet discovered, uncovered, reclaimed, or developed. We can help with you with that.

We promise you will learn how to…

  • Link your Difference Making potential and purpose to your unique FISC™ (Facts, Influences, SoulDNA™, and Characters.)
  • Re-claim, discover, strengthen, and bring forth your ‘stronger points’.
  • Address your ‘weaker points’—attitudes, addictions, or behaviours that rear their ugly heads, internally or externally, at the most inconvenient times!
  • Find your ‘still point‘ so you can more quickly make corrections mid-course, regaining balance, grounding, and confidence, when you get ‘triggered’, thrown off, or fragmented by life, work, or relationships.

Difference Makers Circle Programs - Coaching, Circles, WorkshopsYour Difference Makers Options…

We are currently making adjustments to how we package our services, and hope to have specifics posted soon. In the meantime, the following information will at least give you some idea of the kinds of things we do.

12 Steps of Self-Leadership Book Study. This is a small group-based circle, facilitated by us, Doug and Cheryl Lester. The group meets weekly, so we only offer this within a reasonably small radius of London, Ontario. The eight-session program, based on weekly* 2.5-hour sessions, guides participants through our book. Each session includes readings, teaching, sharing, and interactive discussion.

Difference Makers Circle Workshops. We have a variety of group-based workshop options. Some are based on ones we’ve done before. Some are currently in development stage. We create ‘safe’ space for attendees to learn more about themselves…and others. We help them gain awareness about what helps and/or hampers their ability to show up more fully. Clients learn about their role in leading change, inside and out. They also leave with tactics that they can start using immediately.

Coaching. We offer one-to-one coaching support either as a stand-alone package, or sometimes as part of a group-based program. For clients who are close enough to meet in person, we do just that. We meet them face-to-face, in person, here in our home office, or at another location that’s suitable. We also coach via Skype, and have done so very comfortably and effectively for the past 11 years with clients from literally all over the world.


About Doug Lester and Cheryl LesterWho Are We? 

We, Doug Lester and Cheryl Lester have been involved in helping people find their ‘best’ Self for a lot of years. As organizational leaders we were intentional about helping colleagues and staff thrive. As professional coaches, authors, speakers, and facilitators, we inspire, engage, equip, and support people on their development journey. We work with people who are ready to explore their role in making a positive difference for Self and others—personally or professionally. We serve as guides as they step more fully into their unique potential and purpose, thereby making the world a better place. Read more about our background, and what our client’s have to say about working with us. 


Our Book: 12 Steps of Self-LeadershipOur Book 

12 Steps of Self-Leadership: The Difference Maker’s Guide to Living and Leading on Purpose, was published in 2016. Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, and the 12 Steps of Recovery program,  and many other experts, inspired us. Each ‘step’ (chapter) includes: a ‘Fast Track’ (for those who want the Coles Notes version); a ‘Foothold’ question that anchors the main concept of the Step; ‘Stepping Stones’ section that provides questions and actions designed to deepen the learning; then, ‘Travel Tips’ containing word of encouragement. 


Difference Makers BlogDifference Makers Blog

We’d love for you to read and share our blogs, or check out our videos and vlogs. Blogging is one of the ways we like to connect with people. Our blogs give us an opportunity to share bits of our own stories, learnings, challenges, frustrations, struggles, and successes.