|Loveland Council Closes Annual Retreat
Guarded Cordiality Prevails
|Loveland Mayor Cecil Gutierrez
Retreat Infommercial Pitch
Moderator Promotes Self-Help Book
Around 11:00 am the 2010 council retreat
took an odd turn as Bob Tipton, the
facilitator who received $4,800 for
moderating the day and a half meeting,
departed from the agenda to make a special
Likely taking a cue from motivational
speaker Tony Robbins, Tipton raised a
book over his head displaying the cover to
his left and right for those assembled to see.
Tipton explained he authored the self-help
book entitled "Jump." He recommended it
as a must read for the city council and staff.
See Tipton's website about the book.
Using his baritone voice in a manner more
appropriate for an infommercial, Tipton
explained his book would help the council
get "unstuck" from issues or problems. His
website describes the book as, "JUMP!
brings together the principles of
quantum physics, ancient philosopy sic.,
spiritual practices and sound leadership
in a a sic. two-part book." He also said it
contained anecdotal information regarding
leadership in the City of Loveland while
calling out Don Williams, the City Manager,
specifically as an important influence in the
examples provided in the book about great
leadership and efficient organizations.
This is especially ironic because Tipton
described the city's development related
services in Loveland while managed by
Williams in an April 2005 report as
"Inefficient and onerous." Tipton was
reported to have received $80,000
subsequently from the city for his 2005
observations and report and has since
become a close friend of Don Williams.
Tipton announced at the conclusion of his
sales pitch that 'Jump' will
"be available in book stores soon" for
the council and others to purchase in helping
them cope with life's many problems.
Apparently the $4,800 consulting fee didn't
include complimentary copies of Tipton's
According to Tipton's online biography
"Tipton is a well-known and popular
speaker throughout the world." His
online biography fails to mention any
academic or educational qualifications. His
work history described in the biography is
vague and fails to mention the name of any
previous employer other than his own
|Self-help Guru Robert S. Tipton