What does it take?

We spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. Why aren’t we doing better at making that time meaningful?

In my 20s and 30s, I remember crying – sobbing, even – as I got ready for work. I remember dreading walking in the office door, having to face managers who didn’t know how to manage, much less lead.

I couldn’t bear the thought that this was going to be my experience for the rest of my professional life, but I had no clue how to create a career that I would enjoy.

It wasn’t hard to see that bad managers created bad experiences, but what was I supposed to do about it?

Still, I knew it shouldn’t be that way.

Now, when I look at the many things I’m interested in and have studied and at this problem of suffering at work, it all comes together in this thing called leadership.

Leadership: it started when I was two

When I was a toddler, I turned my parents’ faces toward each other.

I wanted them to see each other – and stop arguing.

That was the beginning of my lifelong quest to understand why people do what they do and say what they say. Since then, I’ve studied everything from neuroscience to meditation (which I sometimes mis-spell “mediation,” another area of study), and from linguistics to the techniques used by FBI hostage negotiators. I follow inspiring leaders in their books, on podcasts, and read their articles.

I have a vision of a world where people wake up looking forward to their workday because their jobs are meaningful, interesting, challenging, and even exciting.

I’m on a mission to make corporate life more fun. Not just livable; not just bearable: fun. Work shouldn’t suck. The corporate life shouldn’t be a rat race. And fun creates engagement, interest, excitement, creativity, meaning – and the best type of productivity.

People matter to me. And I want your people to work in an environment, a company culture, that’s humane, enjoyable, productive, meaningful, and safe. And I want you to have a company that’s well-respected, where people want to work, and from whom your customers want to buy.

People deserve leaders who help them grow. And leaders deserve support to succeed in their role.

We mis-define leadership as something bestowed upon us by our job title or role. But it’s so, so much more than that. As I wrote here, leadership is a way of being; how we act and how we speak inspires others to do things – whether for good, or … not so good.

And that is leadership – whether for good, or not so good.

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Education, training, certifications, memberships, affiliations …

For more on my professional background, please see my LinkedIn profile.

  • 25 years in the corporate world, including:
    • Director and senior-staff executive at EMC Document Sciences; led the Professional Services and Knowledge Management departments, marketing, selling, and managing six- and seven-figure client projects
    • Director and corporate officer at Munich Re America
    • External Knowledge Management consultant for Hewlett-Packard, coordinating global KM process initiatives
  • Graduate of the SCPI program from the Center for Understanding in Conflict, New York and California
  • Foundations of Communities of Practice Graduate Seminar, CPSquare
  • Certified Print® Coach
  • Coaching Mastery™ Program, Coachville
  • Fully-certified Realization Process teacher (meditation, subtle self-work, and embodiment)
  • BA with Honors, Writing (Ancient History minor), Bard College, New York
  • Association for Talent Development, San Diego: past Board member; past Chapter President
  • Association for Talent Development, Northwest Arkansas: member and speaker
  • Instructor, University of Arkansas Global Campus, Rogers, Arkansas
  • Past Instructor, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Extension, Career & Life Stages Seminars; Mira Costa Community College Outreach Program
  • Author of The Five Deadly Shoulds of Office Politics (available on Amazon).
  • Clan Leslie Society International: lineal (direct descent) member.

Odd facts about me

  • 2002 Fastest Knitter in America; appeared on Good Morning America to compete for the World Title. (yes, really!) Lost by three stitches in three minutes. Sigh.
  • Certified cat person who once (unintentionally) had ten cats (yes, it was very furry).
  • Someone who routinely saves earthworms on rainy pavements.