I have worked in the corporate world for 25 years in a variety of leadership positions. And, for the past 25 years, I believed my work didn’t contribute to my employer, or the world, in a meaningful way. I was convinced I wasn’t adding value, and as soon as someone figured this out, I would be out of a job.
I feared I didn’t add value.
This is the story I told myself. I believed it. And, this story limited my potential as a leader. In fact, it defined the way I saw myself. I didn’t see myself as a leader. And, I played small.
It turns out there was a problem with this world view. The truth was very different. I was providing value – in fact, quite a bit of value, which was validated in performance reviews and promotions. Others saw me as a leader. So, what was the problem?
The problem is that the value I was providing wasn’t meaningful to me.
I was waiting for my organization to sprinkle magic pixie dust and show me the way to meaning in my work.
I was giving my power away to the organizations I worked for, hoping they would tell me my purpose.
I knew I wasn’t willing to remain unhappy, waiting, waiting, waiting for someone else to tell me what was meaningful to me. I came to realize that finding meaning in my work is my choice; it’s my journey.
I realized that no organization, supervisor, or co-worker ever said you couldn’t have meaning in your work. And, no one ever told me I didn’t add value.
As I began to take responsibility for my own journey, I came across a question that helped me find meaning. Answering this one question helped me open a world of possibilities.
“What does the world need from me?”
This was a new way of thinking about my contribution, my purpose.
Instead of focusing on what I could offer I thought about what is needed from me.
I could answer this question.
My life’s work is to inspire you to be the most brilliant leader you can be.
I do this by shining a light on your uniqueness so that you can see and step into your own possibility.
I became a coach, a facilitator, and a speaker.
I know that it’s possible for you to find meaning and purpose in your work, your relationships, and your family.
I know this dream is possible. I have learned how to be this kind of leader.
My life’s work is to partner with you to inspire you and your teams to be brilliant leaders.
I will partner with you to illuminate new possibilities so that you can fully tap into your brilliance and experience the results you’re seeking.
Lead. Inspire. Engage.