History of Gary Rush Facilitation vs MG Rush Facilitation

The Unabridged History of “MG Rush Performance Learning now MG Rush Facilitation & Coaching” and “MG Rush Systems now MGR Consulting & Gary Rush Facilitation”

“The Internet plays a big part in the life of a modern human being. People rely on the internet for their education, trade, socialization and entertainment; among many other important aspects of human life.” – reference.com. However, it also facilitates false, misleading, fraudulent information – there is nothing that ensures that what is said or posted on a company website, blog, LinkedIn bio or business, or other media is accurate or true. I want to share my company history to clarify confusion. You may ask “why now?”. Believe me, “I’ve been trying since 2005, to no avail. I don’t mind competing on equal ground, but I do mind competing against myself.

In 1985, I founded MG Rush Systems, Inc., created and developed my own structured facilitation technique – FAST – Facilitation Application Specification Technique and became widely recognized as a leader in the movement towards structured facilitation, transforming the facilitation industry. I wrote a facilitation “how to” manual – The FAST Session Leader Reference Manual – and developed training on “how to” be a Facilitator – FAST Session Leader Workshop class. While writing the manual, I wrote an article for Computerworld “A FAST Way to Define System Requirements”, describing the different variations of JAD.

In 2004, I sold to Morgan Madison & Co. the non-exclusive rights to reproduce the FAST and FORM class materials and use them to provide The FAST Session Leader Workshop class – subject to royalties from 2004 – 2009. I signed an addendum that provided Kevin Booth, Founder, and Terrence Metz – 1999 FAST Session Leader Workshop class alumnus, the exclusive use of “MG Rush” identity – logo, internet domain, client and prospect client list, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. I transferred my facilitation know how to Terrence Metz to provide FAST public and in-house Facilitator training as of June 2004 as “MG Rush Performance Learning” a division of Morgan Madison & Co. (not affiliated with Gary Rush, IAF CPF).

“The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Terrence Metz (my brother-in-law) asked me for permission for the exclusive use of the MG Rush identity (“Identity” is a combination of color schemes, designs, etc. that a firm employs to make a visual statement about itself to communicate its philosophy) including but not limited to the logo, internet domain, client list and FAST newsletters written by me (“including but not limited to”, I quote, “…courts have proved willing to consider that “including” or “includes” is restrictive even when modified by “but not limited to” – Ken Adams, Specialist in Contract Language and Contract Automation) to jump start their business. I consented in good faith and signed an “addendum” written by Terrence to that fact, not a “sales agreement” – it did not constitute a sale, transfer, or acquisition of MG Rush Systems – the company or my name “Gary Rush, or achievements of either; and I never consented to him claiming to be in business since 1985.”

The above stated “addendum” was attached to the non-exclusive sold rights to reproduce the FAST and FORM class materials and use them to provide The FAST Session Leader Workshop class. In this instance, in reference to the MG Rush identity, only what was listed – name, logo, domain, client list, and newsletters – is to what I consented. If Morgan Madison & Co. had acquired “MG Rush in 2004, then asking permission to use the identity would have been moot.

In 2004, I ceased operations of MG Rush Systems now MGR Consulting and left the U.S. to pursue Millie’s and my dream of becoming a restaurateur – “MG Rush” dba Miracles Restaurant in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. After a one-year absence, I returned to consulting to continue my legacy as a recognized leader in the field of Structured Facilitation and Facilitator Training, changing my company name from MG Rush Systems to MGR Consulting. I updated my FAST class materials and began teaching – The FAST Facilitator Workshop class (a proprietary technique developed by me) as MGR Consulting.

In 2007, I created FoCuSeD™ facilitation and the FoCuSeD™ Facilitator Academy – 1st Holistic Facilitation Technique. I became the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Incoming Chair and from 2008 – 2011, I chaired the IAF.

In 2007, Kevin Booth, Owner and Founder of Morgan Madison & Co. aka MG Rush Performance Learning, registered the name “MG Rush Systems” and assumed the name “MG Rush”. In 2015, Terrence Metz and Lorijo Metz bought Morgan Madison & Co. from owner Kevin Booth. In 2016, they dropped the name “MG Rush Systems” and assumed the name “MG Rush” – not associated or affiliated with me – now MGR Consulting.

I’ve spent 30+ years of my life’s work developing my facilitation technique and Facilitator training business, reputation, and achievements and I hope this helps clarify the confusion that exists between “Terrence Metz and Lorijo Metz now owners of Morgan Madison & Co. (assumed name: MG Rush and MG Rush Facilitation)” and “Gary Rush” of MGR Consulting, Inc. Two separate companies with different business ethics.

As I stated earlier, the Internet plays a big part in the life of a modern human being, but it also facilitates false, misleading fraudulent information. Thank you for understanding.

Dealing with Adversity

Dealing with Adversity – I’m writing this because I led a charmed life until I was 50 years old and then, all hell broke loose. For the past 13 years (yes, I’m 63), I’ve been dealing with business loss, family loss, financial loss and stress like I’ve never had before, life-threatening and life-changing illnesses in family members, and family dysfunction. Every aspect of my life went from joy-joy to stress. Yet, I keep persevering. My adversity is nothing like what many people are going through, so I don’t need sympathy – I’m still healthy, alive, and I have my family. I wanted to share some thoughts about going through adversity and hopefully getting to the end.

Stay Positive

This sounds trite and cliché, but it’s important. It’s also very difficult. When you are working hard to turn things around and it just doesn’t happen, it’s difficult to wake up yet another day and be positive. Some days, I have to work very hard at this. When I tell someone else, who is going through the same adversity, it gets to sound old after a while. Saying, “We have to be positive because things will change.” for months in a row, gets tired, especially when things don’t seem to change. However, this the only way I know to cope. If I lost my faith that things would change, I’d lose all hope and that would be the end. Keep reminding yourself, “Keep the faith and stay positive – everything changes.”

Don’t attack those in your boat.

It is easy to lash out at those closest to you – proximity is dangerous. Unfortunately, they’re going through what you are, so it only makes it more difficult for you and for them. We all go through various degrees of adversity and when someone decides to dump all their grief on you by attacking you, it only makes it worse. Listening to someone’s grief is important – they need to get it out and need someone to listen. It’s not easy, though, when that person is in your boat and you are dealing with the same adversity – especially if you don’t have someone to listen to you. As a Facilitator, my job is to actively listen and remain neutral. That’s great, when I’m being paid to do my job or when I’m not in that boat, too. It’s impossible when it is affecting me at the same time – I’m involved, like it or not. Blaming, attacking, and ridiculing go too far and just makes the situation worse. Hold on to those in your boat and be each other’s life preserver.

Try something new

In business, especially when things are not going well, continuing the same way generally doesn’t help. Look for other ways to bring in clients and make money. All of my major changes in business: creating FoCuSeD™, developing on-line classes, learning how to work social media, writing more, etc., were ideas that I initially resisted because, “Let’s keep doing what works”, but realized that I had to change something. All of these changes have helped me stay current and creative. So, if all else fails, try something new.

Stop asking, “Why is this happening?”

Most people look for reasons as to why this is happening to them. Theologians spend their life trying to answer this question and asking “why?” about the meaning of life is a valuable question for all of us to contemplate. However, asking, “why is this happening to me?” just makes the situation worse. Good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people with little or no rationale. Looking for something you did to deserve this is not only unanswerable, but it also makes you a victim. I believe in Karma, over the long term, and always try to do what’s “right”, like most people. However, accepting the fact that “shit happens” can help keep you moving because it helps keep you in charge instead of being a victim. So, stop asking, “Why is this happening.”

Don’t blame others

Problems are caused by a lot of reasons, some brought on by what others have done. Whether it was malicious to you or just thoughtless, blaming them only allows them to make you the victim. That goes for you, too. Blaming yourself for doing something “wrong” doesn’t do any good – it still makes you your own victim. Being a victim doesn’t help change the situation. Whenever I blame someone, I’m giving them power over me. So, instead, I’ll distance myself from those causing me problems. I don’t need to be around them, but no one can do anything to me if I decide not to allow it. No one can stress me out unless I allow it. Keep the power in you and don’t blame others.

Don’t become bitter

When we deal with adversity, we learn things. If what we what we learn makes us bitter, “I’ll never …!”, that can cause us to miss out on future opportunities. I don’t want to be naïve, so I will learn to protect myself, but not at the expense of becoming so angry that I lose sight of what’s good in my life and lose future opportunities. Don’t become bitter. That leads me to…

Remember always to be grateful

I’ve been dealing with lots of difficulties and sometimes it’s hard to remember what’s gone well. My son almost died because of Western medicine, so we found a way that saved him. He is the most remarkable success story for what happened to him and is 95% back to where he was heading to 100% – plus we all learned a lot. That’s amazing and I’m forever grateful. We lost a great deal of money, but never lost our family – money is replaceable. My wife and sons, Millie, Alvaro, and Sean, are all here, healthy, and we are very close. We’ve supported each other constantly throughout all of this. We are best friends. We can always count on each other. That’s amazing and I am very grateful. We have our health and are able to do what we need to do and I’m very grateful. This helps me remember, that no matter how difficult it gets, I’ve got some amazing things to be grateful for. Always remember to be grateful.

We deal with adversity differently

There is not a “right” way to deal with adversity. There are a lot of suggestions and clichés, but each of us copes differently. Harassing or ordering someone to be positive or pick themselves up, or whatever, doesn’t help. Setting an example helps sometimes, but don’t expect anyone to just jump up and follow what you do. Being patient is important, although sometimes difficult. We all have to figure out how to cope for ourselves. The only justified interventions are when the coping mechanism becomes destructive, such as drugs and alcohol. We need find what works for us and keep it from becoming destructive. Just remember that what works for you, does not work for everyone. We deal with adversity differently.

So…

Those are some of my thoughts about dealing with adversity. Adversity is difficult, but it also helps us grow (I know, cliché but true). Remembering that how we deal with adversity says more about us than overcoming adversity, although that’s nice, too. There is always adversity waiting for us around the corner, but then, there’s another corner after that, so how we deal with adversity gives us tools for the next time. I wish y’all well and hope you find your ways to deal with adversity.

Business Ethics – “Scarcity versus Abundance”

Business ethics means that I’m a competitive guy and I like to win, but never at the expense of someone else. Unfortunately, there are those people who believe that in order for them to win, someone else has to lose (zero-sum). It’s based on a belief in Scarcity – resources are limited so we won’t share, that’s win-lose and it’s the basis behind greed and unethical behavior (poor choices, negative outcomes, and fear). In Abundance – resources are limitless so we can all share, that’s win-win and it’s the basis behind ethical behavior (wise choices, positive outcomes, and gratitude). With the resources available, zero-sum (greed) is unnecessary – Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of Zero-sum: of, relating to, or being a situation in which a gain for one side entails a corresponding loss for the other side.

I’m writing about this because as a small business, I often work with other small businesses. We compete for jobs but we join forces when a job is larger than one business can handle. We promote our businesses but work with other competitors to grow our facilitation industry (see my Facilitation Masters Conversation Series” videos). We advertise what we, as individual businesses, have to offer. We don’t steal other’s accomplishments to promote our own business and/or to win a job. We have to represent ourselves honorably. There is nothing honorable about winning when false, misleading information is promoted.

When a competitor wants to “destroy the competition”, they view the world as zero-sum. For instance, one of my competitors:

  • Uses and tags my name, “Gary Rush”, to benefit their business. The only business that I’m associated with is – MGR Consulting, Inc.
  • Takes credit for my 30+ years of accomplishments. I’m the only one who created FAST Facilitation and FoCuSeD™
  • Claims to have been in business longer than fact. I’m the only one who founded MG Rush Systems, Inc. in 1985 and renamed it MGR Consulting, Inc. in 2005.

We live in a world of abundance so there’s enough for all – no need for greed. Small entrepreneurial businesses today and tomorrow need to work and collaborate with each other to grow their industry so that everyone benefits.

Ethical businesses win through good work. Unethical businesses win through misleading and deceit. Ethical business is not about “destroying the competition” (win-lose). Zero-sum (Greedy/Scarcity) ultimately becomes lose-lose whereas Positive-sum (Sharing/Abundance) is always win-win.