Four minutes of Me: How I got here..so far
In a career that began as a grocery bagger and led to diverse roles at United Parcel Service, community colleges, utility companies, the automotive industry, and management consulting, I have gathered valuable insights that shape my perspective on leadership. As a leadership consultant, I bring a unique blend of expertise, enriched by collaborations with renowned professionals and partnerships with great organizations, Here are some of the key lessons from my journey that have differentiated me as a leadership consultant, all within a four-minute read.
Lesson 1: The Power of Humility and Empathy From my teen days as a grocery bagger, I learned that humility and empathy forge meaningful connections. By understanding the challenges and perspectives of others, I fostered stronger relationships, leading to enhanced teamwork and collaboration. As a leadership consultant, I emphasize emotional intelligence, active listening, and a culture of respect and inclusivity within organizations.
Lesson 2: Adaptability and Resilience in a Changing Landscape Working in diverse roles taught me to adapt quickly to new processes, technologies, and environments. Adaptability, coupled with resilience, enables us to thrive amidst challenges and uncertainties. As a leadership consultant, I help organizations cultivate a growth mindset, embrace change, and navigate the ever-evolving business landscape.
Lesson 3: The Value of Effective Communication From my experience as an instructor and human resources specialist, I recognized the critical role of communication in driving success. Effective communication fosters transparency, builds trust, and inspires others to embrace a shared vision. As a leadership consultant, I equip leaders with tools to master communication and inspire their teams.
Lesson 4: Driving Excellence through Quality and Continuous Improvement Working as an OD lead in General Motors, a member of the team that developed and deployed Ford Motor’s quality problem-solving and decision-making process (8D’s), and as the lead consultant launching Chrysler’s joint efforts with the UAW, I witnessed the transformative power of quality and continuous improvement. Fostering a culture of setting high standards, empowering employees, and continuous learning is essential. As a leadership consultant, I guide organizations in implementing quality-driven practices, optimizing processes, and driving sustainable growth.
Lesson 5: Building and Developing Strong Leadership In my consulting career, I had the privilege of working with industry experts like Tom Peters, Dr. Deming, Peter Block, Jim Kouzes, and Chip Bell. Their mentorship deepened my understanding of effective leadership. I combine their wisdom with my experiences to help organizations cultivate leadership pipelines and equip individuals with the skills to lead with confidence.
In this brief blog post, I shared some of the lessons from my diverse career that differentiate me as a lleadership consultant. By embracing humility, adaptability, effective communication, a focus on quality, and guidance from renowned professionals, I offer a unique perspective on leadership. In four minutes, we have explored key principles that inspire organizations and individuals to reach their full potential. As a leadership consultant, I am committed to empowering others to lead with purpose, excellence, and compassion, and I look forward to sharing these insights in more depth in the future.