Everything we do in organizations is based on moments of influence.
Our moments of influence come from who we are. We all hold a point of view, a perspective, that was shaped by our journeys and keeps growing over time. That complex, multi-layered perspective can’t be replicated — and the possibility of using our perspectives to help someone else is our gift to the world.
To know why I care so much about the principles, skills, and strategies I teach, I think it is important you know where I came from, and how I became the person I am today.
Embracing the Truth
As I got older, duality continued driving my mindset. Right brain/left brain, extrovert/introvert…I kept practicing bridging gaps not yet knowing it would define my path.
While I have always been an unconventional thinker, it took me a bit longer to embrace the notion of becoming an unconventional do-er. I graduated as a chemical engineer and started the life of a female in a male-dominated field at a Fortune 100 consumer products company.
After a few years in engineering, I realized all I wanted to do was work with people. To help solve even more complex problems than those on the manufacturing floor. To teach and train. To connect and help.
I took on a role in the training and development field and never looked back. As I worked more with diverse talent throughout the org, I saw fundamental gaps that needed to be addressed at a much larger scale. That’s when I knew I needed to think bigger.
While it took me years to realize it, I had been spending my whole life collecting firsthand lessons of simple mistakes business leaders make every day that can destroy teams and productivity.
I’m lucky to have experienced many different culture clashes which have put me in a unique position to help others understand the possibility in what’s different. Whether what’s different is in another person, a new innovation, or even in yourself, I am driven to articulate messages and shape systems that help bridge the gap and leverage strengths.
Whether I’m speaking to a room of three managers or 3,000 conference attendees, I always keep my history in mind. It’s my moments that were the spark behind the revolution I want to lead in the workplace.
No matter what business you’re in or how large or small you are, I can assure you that every one of your employees, colleagues, and customers has a unique story of their own. The sooner you build systems to empathize with the low points and empower the high points in those stories, the sooner you’ll see massive returns to your organization.