It all started when…
I was sitting in the auditorium at Columbia University, listening to the welcome speech from the Dean of the Graduate School of Business. I remember feeling overwhelmed. There were very smart people in the room, smarter than me, and I was having serious doubts about my ability to keep up. I don’t remember what preceded this, but when it was time for Q&A, I raised my hand and asked: "In what class will we learn how to work well with each other?"
As the old expression goes, 'that's all she wrote.' Whether or not I would be able to pass a test on the optimal cueing time for emergency calls became less important than answering that question. I was 100% captivated. And from that moment to now, it's been my sole focus.
My mentoring practice is the result of that focus. It has led me to the understanding that our personalities and our internal operating systems are the two biggest factors contributing to our ability to work well in groups or teams. And few people talk about it in the work setting!
Psychologists do - they formulate assessments, like the MBTI or the DiSC, and companies buy these by the truckloads. But when and how do we practice the newfound awareness that assessments like these impart? Who is providing individuals with a process to actually become more emotionally intelligent?
Not a lot out there. So, I started doing just that, providing practical useful instruction to improve self awareness and thereby collaboration. My passion has been to help people change the conversation around work - to work with colleagues they respect and care for, to make decisions for themselves, and to develop their own mastery and passion so they can feel satisfied with their contribution.
Human beings are brilliant and creative and messy and challenging. When they come together in an organization, they bring it all with them. An organization's response can now be fundamentally different than the one-size-fits-all professional development that's permeated business since Henry Ford first commented:
"How come every time I need a pair of hands a whole person shows up?"
That's my work in a nutshell. The whole person, at work. And, I could talk about it all day. In fact, I'd love to do that, in person or over the phone. So here's my ask of you - do connect with me. My contact information is on the Contact page.
And, please do continue to be brilliant and messy. Not only is it our true nature, it produces extraordinary results!
Work well. Be well.
PhD. coursework, CIIS, Psychology
Masters of Science, Johns Hopkins University, Psychology & OD
E-MBA, Columbia University
BBA, St. Mary’s College, Business Administration
Certified Emotional Intelligence Consultant