Connection Cures Contention

Building “WITH” Spaces







If you’ve attended a family reunion, a kids’ soccer game or a town council meeting you’ve experienced tension. If you’ve ever launched a product in business or been stuck in traffic, you’ve likely experienced tension.

Tension is part of life. Contention should never be. Tension becomes contention when it drives us apart – When it turns temporary discomfort into lasting animosity.

Connection – at even the smallest level can cure contention. Finding a place to be “WITH” each other rather than “against” each other is the message of this book. By learning the five concepts and four actions outlined in this book, we can cure contention in our families, our organizations, our neighborhoods and our world.




Richard Godfrey, a founding partner of Avec-me, is an internationally recognized business consultant, executive coach and motivational speaker. Formerly Senior International

Consultant for the Franklin Covey Company – where he was named Consultant with Highest Value to Clients, Mr. Godfrey has been helping Fortune 100 clients around the world for the last 37 years. He has done extensive work in a variety of organizational areas including military, automotive, pharmaceuticals, communications, technology, retail marketing, government and public service sectors.

Richard is also a training design professional. He has designed custom courses for multiple industries.

He currently resides with his wife, Heather, near Salt Lake City, Utah. They are the parents of Jonathan and Rachel.

Heather and Richard continue to travel the world experiencing the power of “with” while meeting people and penguins who teach them the universal power of connection and its ability to cure contention.


“With” Toolkit–Avec-Me For Organizations

  • With Assessment–on an online/mobile tool that allows every person on your team to decide who they are currently with, why they’re with them and what, if any, changes or improvements need to be made.
  • With Cultural Pivot Kit–A series of discussion based tools including:
    • The With Assessment
    • The With Toolkit
    • The With Workshop
    • The With Keynote
    • With Workshop Certification for Organizations
  • The “With” Cultural Assessment kit–where is our organization on the talk with/work with/build with continuum. Where can we do better?
  • The “With” Building Blocks – a set of principles, ideas and materials that allow your leaders and teams to make the changes they determine necessary to becoming a “With Organization”
  • “With me” podcasts, blog posts and regularly scheduled Webinars where you and your teams can take part “with” experts and share best practices in building “with” cultures.

“With” Toolkit–Avec-Me For Individuals, Spouses, Partners and Families is coming soon

The Individual “With” Assessment–a mobile app that allows you, using graphics based tools to see who you’re “with”. You’ll get access to a method, in those tools, to examine.


Avec-me has virtual and live workshops based on our philosophy of

Talk with, work with, build with, walk with

That can be customized to your specific requirements. All workshops are available as Train the Trainer opportunities.


Coaching and Consulting

Our team includes management consultants and executive coaches who have worked with Fortune 100 executives, government and military senior leaders and team leaders and team members, focused on how to get to “with” in their areas of responsibility.