…approaching our world in a systems sort of way.
In my early twenties, I was introduced to the term “Systems Thinking,” and my life hasn’t been the same since. The idea is this: Where traditional analysis studies the individual pieces of a system, breaking the pieces down into further detail, systems thinking is the study of the interactivity of a system, observing the behavior created as pieces of a system interact with each other and other systems. If you are curious about systems thinking, Daniel Aronson has a great website and this article is an interesting read. The understanding of systems thinking, for me, was akin to having a tall glass of water after a long, hot day’s walk through a desert. Up to that point I felt like the odd man out. My conversations regarding any significant life topic left me feeling like my perspective was from another planet. Reactions contrasted from either inquiring with fascination about how I came to various conclusions or looking at me like I had two heads. Systems thinking changed my life forever.
From my earliest memories, I have been inclined to seek out and understand the interrelatedness of people, places, and things. Now, with the knowledge of systems thinking, that inclination makes sense. Aging has brought an appreciation for the tumultuousness of my childhood as being the catalyst to exponentially increase my curiosity, driving me deeper into my journey to understand the interrelatedness of life. For years, I read voraciously, accumulating data points so that I could assemble a coherent meta-view of the world. I gleaned experience from both success and failure. I now know the biggest failures were actually great gifts and opportunities to take chances and big leaps.
Today, my work is shifting from data gathering to data sharing. Where my work has historically been individually oriented, I am now compelled at all levels (emotionally, intellectually, spiritually) to work in a broader, global capacity. There are points along the universal timeline where great shift happens. Change is the catalyst, of course. There is no better time than now to talk globally about the magical relationship with the six-letter word “change”.
From a Coaching Perspective
I leverage knowledge, experience, and intuition to create a safe place where limiting beliefs and judgment can be cast away like a pair of old, tired shoes. It is critical to create a mental landscape free from judgment and limitation. I know the world has many universal truths. I also know my clients are at a unique place along their life journey. The magic happens at the intersection of the journey and induction of a universal truth. My coaching involves the triangulation of universal truths, the client’s inherent uniqueness, and intuition.
From a Consulting Perspective
I leverage knowledge, experience, and intuition to co-create results for my clients. By understanding the inter-relatedness of systems and by establishing relationships that foster collaboration, trust, and support, I am able to steward programs through the many hurdles of the project life cycle with finesse. My natural talents have attracted a 15+ year career that rewards me to unweave ‘the complicated’ into systematic steps that lead to a path of eventual achievement. I specialize in helping organizations better understand methodology, process, and behavior, enabling them to achieve measurable success. Mixing my knowledge of coaching within my consulting practice allows me to create measurable, sustainable organizational success for my clients. I co-create results through the unification of people, process, and objectives.
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