I’ve been facilitating, speaking and teaching for more than 25 years. My best programs are those formed in collaboration with clients so we can center ideas and activities around their primary needs. Because I’ve been involved in so many programs with a huge variety of clients, and because I’m a rather unconventional creative thinker, we often come up with different approaches that impact their needs even better than they imagined.
I’m also a traveler having taken my backpack and wandered around interesting places on the planet for months at a time. Those experiences serve as food and nourishment for my Soul and have exposed me to values and priorities in different cultures. I incorporate that into my work when it fits.
For the past six plus years, I’ve been primary care giver for my parents. My father passed away two years ago. Shortly after that, I ran into one of his for medical staff. They had just heard and weren’t sure what to say. Their comment: “I’m sad for your loss and happy he’s not suffering. He didn’t have much quality of life.” Ten days before he passed, he woke mom one night and asked her, “Honey, is it OK if I just hold you”? What is quality of life? How many people do you know who really live that? I’ve gained enormous lessons in this care giving capacity!
Recently, I had a client want to address “difficult customers”. I’ve helped people with that before but never felt just right with it. Suddenly, I realized it was not the “difficult customer” that was presenting the challenge. No! It was and is the way people are choosing to respond to them. Choose a different and more peaceful response and and it doesn’t matter what they do. Give them control of how you feel and respond and you’ll always be a victim.T
Thus was born a program on “Thriving: Even In The Face of Daily Challenges”. What a great program and one that touches people’s lives and not simply their work challenges.
I work to clarify essential impacts I can have and work with clients to do that.
For example, I’ve helped with leadership training that has run the gamut from leading and coaching rather than managing; focusing on people’s strengths; communicating better and minimizing communication barriers; having real conversations with each other to resolve challenges and move forward; using questions to engage people more deeply; focusing on the “I” part of team and improving your contribution; and learning to focus on what is working rather than being an expert fault finder. The options are vast.
I’ve facilitated a lot of work with clients on issues involving communication skills, team work, creative thinking and decision making, “Thriving”, being accountable, learning to coach more and manage less, use of effective questions, and a host of other topics. My greatest passion is for programs that also touch and are useful to a person’s life and not just their work. I love feeling like I’m helping enrich lives!
Let me know what you need and let’s be creative in addressing it the most meaningful way!