March 21, 2010

“Be yourself; everybody else is already taken.” ~Oscar Wilde

Most experts claim that an individual has five careers in their lifetime. If they measured it, I probably have exceeded the Guinness Book of World Records for number of careers: from therapist, to certified coach, from the clinical world to the corporate jungle, in HR, training, consulting, and many roles in between. I’m a late bloomer. I never identified or acknowledged my true gifts and talents until a few years ago when I realized the power of the Oscar Wilde quote:  “be yourself; everybody else is already taken.”  It was at that moment when I stepped into my own shoes and owned that I’m first and foremost creative in everything I do. So, now I’m walking my talk. I’ve been working with clients ever since I can remember in helping them uncover what they truly need to shift into success with their work, relationships, life and step into their own shoes to create the environment that will allow them to thrive!

Fascinated by the cyclical nature of change and the emerging patterns that appear, I began my lifelong quest to understand the formula for success; this journey started my research in the fields of creativity and innovation, including creative intelligence.

The big question: If all of us are born with creative talents, what distinguishes the men and women who are recognized for their creative achievements in diverse fields, such as science, engineering, marketing, art, music, manufacturing, literature, poetry, architecture, to name a few? I quickly discovered that similar patterns exist with every client, from every walk of life. The differences lie in how they uniquely respond to life’s stimuli and triggers, based on the resources and tools they possess.

Starting my career as a therapist with a graduate degree before entering the corporate arena, I leveraged my unique perspective and creatively approached the business world. Many articles tout the importance of diversity and objectivity in the workplace. Biologists often make the best physicists and vice versa. Working within the world of business, I effectively used my clinician’s background and functioned without any biases or preconceived notions. Educated in systems theory, all the traditional filters and screens had been removed. This was not an easy road and resembled Luke Skywalker’s adventure in Star Wars. The experiences received throughout this hero’s journey paved the foundation for my passion and commitment to the field of creativity and innovation.  My goal is to assist individuals, groups, and organizations with tools to use their intrinsic creativity within their lives, both at work and within their personal domain.

Assuming unique challenges, I began in the field of executive and technical recruitment for a search firm. My next challenges included leadership roles in corporate consulting, human resources, training and development, health care consulting, telecommunications, IT, performance consulting, sales, advertising, dot.com development, usability, marketing, and e-commerce. I have worked in diverse industries, such as health care, IT, telecommunications, manufacturing, media, call centers, and tax and financial arenas. As a certified executive coach, experienced speaker, professional facilitator, writer, and poet, I am known for my easy engagement of individuals and groups and my renowned humor.

For me, work and being alive is FUN. My goal is to recharge my clients’ creative batteries and have them invite fun into their life equations.  Only by fully engaging with life can individuals attain “Flow.” Only when you attain this optimal state can you achieve true success and happiness and feel totally fulfilled.

I have been awarded many accolades throughout my extensive career, including, The World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders of America, and Who’s Who in the Midwest.

I am a member of and follow the ethical guidelines of the American Society of Training and Development, Society for Human Resource Management, NAFE, Phi Delta Kappa, and the International Coaching Federation.

The opinions I express on this blog are entirely my own.