Foundation and Philosophy
Creating a New Story About Work
I am probably one of the few Career Coaches you will ever encounter who cares much more about the quality of your life and the joy of your soul than I do about the content of your resume. While I most definitely support my clients with the practical side of all things career, the practical is not where we start.
Somewhere along the way, the business world became stripped of those things that make us human and most alive. I’m speaking of those qualities and characteristics such as authentic expression, compassion, vulnerability, humility and grace. It’s as if our notions about what it means to be “business-like” and “professional” have come to mean “detach from who you really are”.
This has taken a toll on us. Primarily because we are whole human beings and we cannot segment and compartmentalize who we are and expect to thrive. We cannot take on machine like, soul stripped personas to survive a 40 – 50 hour work week and expect to live harmonious lives.
What happens to the better parts of who we are when we walk through those corporate doors?
Most of us have learned to reduce them, oftentimes to the point where we can no longer even find those parts ourselves. And what results when we diminish the qualities of the soul, are working professionals who have successful careers on the outside but who feel empty and depleted on the inside. What results are statistics that show that 70% of employees in the U.S. are disengaged and 87% worldwide. (Gallup)
Our programs and services, serve two purposes. The first is to support those individuals who feel the result of the dynamics I’ve just described. They are individuals, perhaps like you, who feel that inner pull for something more and they’re at a point where they must respond. They feel empty, depleted, segmented and worn and they cannot imagine a career with 10, 20, 30+ years of more of the same.
We help these individuals reconnect with what I call their “true selves” and we guide them in rebuilding their careers from the inside out. As they do the work of unearthing their best and highest selves, we work with them to then realign their careers in a way that will allow the fullest expression of who they are to take the lead. The result is a professional life that feels wholly satisfying and a career that is built on sustainable and authentic success.
The second part of the mission is to work with leaders to help them become the type of conscious, transformational leaders who are (1) inspired and fulfilled themselves and (2) capable of creating the types of work environments that are human-friendly and capable of receiving whole human beings.
The rise of industry has brought with it amazing advancements on many fronts in our society. But in our becoming, we have tilted towards models of success that failed to include the very essence of our humanity.
Owning Change is committed to restoring humanity in the workplace in the only way that it can truly be done, through personal mastery and personal change, for our organizations are merely a reflection of who we are. And as we do, we will write an amazingly wonderful and dynamic new story about work.
“Showing up for work is difficult. You would think not showing up would be impossible for living, breathing human beings, but we know enough of ourselves on a bleak Monday morning, or certain co-workers on a bad day, to realize that as human beings, we are the one part of creation that can refuse to be itself. Our bodies can be present in our work, but our hearts, minds, and imaginations can be placed firmly in neutral or engaged elsewhere.” -- David Whyte
Who do we serve?
This work is for frontline professionals and emerging leaders who feel like they've had to shapeshift in order to achieve success and they are ready to build powerful careers that feel authentic, sustainable and aligned. They are individuals who have achieved outer success but inwardly, they are in search of "something more". Organizationally, it’s for small businesses and start up organizations that are agile enough to more readily create the types of progressive, human friendly and transformative work cultures that will usher in the new story of about work.
For the individual:
What’s inside is reflected outside.
We can shape our experiences by cultivating an inner landscape that supports our goals and desires.
We are all intuitive beings with and internal guidance system that can help us to successfully navigate the world that we live in.
Our emotions are the gift that help us to know when we are aligned with our true self.
There are different ways of knowing beyond the collection of data and metrics. Relatedly, the good that we seek to be and experience cannot always be measured.
Workplace transformation happens through personal change as we each learn to own and embody the change that we wish to see.
Those businesses that recognize the value in nurturing the whole person within their organizations will reap the benefits of employing a workforce that will catapult their growth through their increased performance, productivity, dedication and loyalty.
Those organizations that establish themselves as wholehearted, human friendly organizations will attract stellar talent and be equipped to navigate the current changing terrain to become successful beacons for the future of work.
Owning Change Model for Transformation
The Owning Change Model for Transformation is the inner technology used to help individuals to positively shift their experiences in their career.
The model includes three phases, “Reconnect, Reframe and Recommit”. Each phase uses specific power tools to help individuals to access their ability to positively recreate their experiences with work.
As a by-product, the model unlocks essential qualities including self-awareness, authenticity, vulnerability, responsibility, compassion, resilience, humility and grace.
As a result of using the Owning Change Model for Transformation and the associated tools, individuals report experiencing a greater sense of ease and flow as they navigate their careers.
The model is used in all elements of our work, from one on one coaching to leadership development.