I AM A DISRUPTOR
Some might view this word negatively – I love it! It is my top strength according to Gallup’s Builder Profile 10 for business development. For me, it means I enjoy thinking of novel ways to move a business or people forward. I’m always brimming with new ideas and am invigorated by imagining all possible futures.
I AM AN INNOVATOR
A bit of risk is good. New is fun. New is unknown – and the unknown challenges the status quo and shows you different avenues forward. Nothing is more frustrating for me than those who live within the definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
I AM solution oriented
I love helping others find the path of least resistance by considering all options through active brainstorming and then selecting the best possible route to sustainable success. I don’t just want to send you on your way, I want to be there with you when you pop the champagne celebrating your achievement!
The question I am most often asked is, “Why do I do what I do?” The most honest response I can give is that I wish there had been a me for me when I was starting out as an entrepreneur back in 2007. I spent a lot of money on all the wrong things thinking it would magically give me the answers – or at least get me a bit closer to success. Frankly, it was frequently the opposite. And even though I knew my CliftonStrengths, I wasn’t making the most of them or using them to their advantage.
In 2015 I had a revelation. I was 42, still no closer to knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up. Couple that with a cancer scare along and a one year old little boy and whoa! It was my wake-up call, my big A-HA! I knew I had to make a change. With a good bit of reflection and honesty (with myself most of all), I realized the one thing that had stayed constant was my love for Strengths. I picked up the phone, called Gallup and 8 weeks later was in Mexico City certifying (in Spanish!) as Peru’s first and only Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.
I dream of creating a world where everyone can live to their full potential, talents aren’t wasted and happiness is contagious. As a mompreneur and expat living in Peru, I understand the challenges and rewards that both entail. When I’m not helping others boost their confidence and create extraordinary lives, I am often found at the sewing machine, at the movies, enjoying a glass of wine with friends or horsing around with my terribly precocious little boy, affectionately known as O.
My driving edge
STRATEGIC ACTIVATOR MAXIMIZER COMMUNICATION IDEATION
I am driven by and inspired to create lasting positive change for my clients. I assist individuals, groups and organizations to realize their potential and improve performance. By using innovative strategies and cutting edge talent tools, we take the blinders off and remove the barriers to your success.
TOGETHER WE WILL MOVE FROM THE PATH OF POSSIBILITY INTO PROBABILITY & PROFITABILITY.
My Purpose Talent: Maximizer
When I first meet nearly anyone, I want to know if they could do anything, what would that be? What would make them happiest? And I immediatey want to help them achieve it. My WHY statement is based in my Maximizer: to live in a world where talents aren’t wasted, potentials are realized, and happiness is contagious. It also serves as my learner as I am drawn to people who I perceive as smarter or more accomplished so I may learn from them.
My Core Talent: Strategic
Ever since I can remember, I have always needed a plan to work against. If you tell me the goal, I can give you a dozen ways to get there based on resources, drive, energy, time, money – you name it. And it happens in an instant. Combine it with my IDEATION and I can just ‘see’ it. I also tend to listen with great intent, trying to understand all elements of what is the desired outcome. I will ask a lot of questions in order to ensure I come up with the options that make the most sense in the situation.
My Motor Talent: Communication
This talent keeps me going. My mission is to teach CliftonStrengths© as a second language. It’s why I’ve created the program, The Language of You, and why I’m in the process of writing a book series, PRACTICAL STRENGTHS. I believe deeply in the power of the language that knowing our strengths provides us. I take such pride in helping others understand both themselves and others, using strengths as the bridge to make that happen.
My Relaxation Talent: Adaptability
So many of me talents keep my brain in constant movement, that when I need a brain break, my Adaptability is what helps me the most. I allows me to be in the present, to enjoy the here and now, and to flex with others when their needs differ from mine. Even some of my favorite hobbies like crochet, sewing and painting by numbers requires me to focus in the moment and allows my brain to take a breather. It’s like a mental deep breath for me.
My Guilt Talent: Relator
People often ask if their strengths can change. I prefer to say they can shift and my Relator is one that has. After some very significant life changes – and losing both my parents and the grandparents who raised me – my talents shifted. Relator has moved down, and I believe it’s out of self-preservation. The core of the talent is about trust and having close, personal connections. That is still incredibly important to me, but I am clear that not everyone feels the same and, as a result, I manage this talent with more care than before.
As one of the first Gallup CliftonStrengths© Coaches certified in Spanish, and the first ever in Peru, I am on a mission to teach Strengths as a second Language.
In the past, I developed nationally recognized and award-winning employee programs for Yum! Brands, the world’s largest fast food restaurant company. And when I wasn’t leading in-house teams to discover their strengths, I was on loan to other organizations helping them to do the same – all while serving on the national board of directors of my professional organization, ESM Association.
Once I left the corporate ranks, I started my own event business, Bon Vivant Savant, and was recognized as both a “Top Female Under 40” influencer in the community by Louisville Woman Magazine and also as a leading entrepreneur in the “40 under 40” list by Business Week Magazine.
After leaving the States and moving permanently to Peru, my entrepreneurial spirit continued with a tourism start-up that won a government grant as well as recognition from ADEX as a top 50 start-up in the country.
Embracing my own strengths-based life led to the creation of her course, The Language of You. I guide individuals and organizations to align their mission with their message and to improve communication – leading to higher engagement and better relationships among team members.
I also now include author to my list of accomplishments, one of which I am extremely proud. It is my deep desire to share with the world the power and gift that the CliftonStrengths© language provides. It is the heart of this book series, Practical Strengths. I believe that sharing this language with one another leads to improving relationships through better communication and greater compassion for one another.