August 1, 2018
The single greatest inspiration for me has been witnessing the gutsy risks my clients have taken. If you're reading this, then I want you to know that there are people, maybe your neighbors, colleagues or friends, who quietly decide they no longer want to live in the smallest part of themselves. They ask, what do I need, want or desire, to expand my experiences and really live?
Make no mistake - they have bills, many are married, some with kids. Nothing is handed to them. No guarantees of success. They do it anyway. They start from scratch in some cases, building skills in an area of deep interest. Or, they have the skill and begin making connections with people and resources, gathering intel for the big leap. Some leap before the security net is in place - and still land on their feet! Some simply stop being or doing something that was slowly eating at them, and are poised at that next precipice of choice.
My clients are changing academia, protecting wildlife and land resources, educating their children in an around-the-world adventure. In my mind, I call them The Hungry Heroes. They feed their hungers, nurture their joy, and fuel their communities with a kind of infectious energy that's irresistible. Just by being their natural curious selves, and acting on that intuition.
They inspire me.
Check out my new office (pic to the right)!!! And, if you are new to the website, welcome. Have a look around. I work with individual clients and with leadership teams using the Enneagram Assessment. Call me or send an email, telling me what's on your mind. My first consult is free, and can last up to an hour as we get to know each other. Go to the contact page - here!
"I have achieved greater work/life balance through my conversations with Kelleen. With Kelleen’s guidance, I’ve reframed my work and work habits so they fit within both my professional goals and my personal value set. I now prioritize what is important for me, and put my energy first into those things. I have restructured my day, my job, and my personal life in a way that energizes me, and gives me focus. Kelleen has helped me to confidently use my inner strengths, many of which I had tempered over the years. As a goal driven person, I have been able increase my authentic living, and shape my goals to give me the true inner fulfillment that I seek."
- Tenea Watson Nelson, PhD, Asst. Dean, School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Spring, 2018
"I have come across many smart, strategic, capable, articulate, empathetic, energetic leaders and advisers over the course of my career. While Kelleen has all of those qualities, she has one that is particularly rare and desirable in a mentor/coach: wisdom. It is her wisdom that truly sets her apart from the crowd and it is one of the qualities that inspires my trust in her counsel. She was instrumental in helping me create my business and will no doubt play a role in its growth and success. She will challenge you, inspire you, and ultimately be by your side as you discover your best path forward. The results are undeniable."
- Sirish Prabhu, Founder & Principal, The Policy Matrix, Winter, 2018
"When I was selected to do a TEDx talk, I felt pretty confident in my ability to write a concise, funny, detailed and representative presentation on the subjects allotted to me. As a cartoonist, that is basically what I do, only in a different form. The organizers suggested that we use mentor/coaches to help us, if we felt that we needed help. Kelleen was a Facebook fan of my work, and I knew that she was a mentor and coach. I thought, "What do I have to lose? I can always NOT use her advice if I don't find it helpful. It turns out that engaging Kelleen was the best thing I could have done. She helped me whittle down my talk to the essences of the subjects, she listened to my presentation multiple times and had great advice on how to make it better. She offered lots of encouragement, and sat in the audience grinning and laughing along with the rest of the crowd. And perhaps the best thing was that she always came back to the idea that I knew what I was doing; I just needed a little outside perspective to make it the best it could be. I highly recommend her services and I highly recommend her!"
- David Cohen, National cartoonist and musician, Asheville, NC, Fall, 2016