Tuesday, May 03, 2005

What do you want to be when you “grow up?”

It's a question adults often ask of children – some suggest that we ask kids to get ideas for ourselves.

Upon thinking of my career progression, it’s been a long "checkered" road to my current role as a speaker and facilitator of ideas around career and personal growth. I've had to professionally reinvent myself several times along the way.

I've done it by following the Competent Advantage TM process:

  • Assessing my strengths -- speaking & facilitating
  • Discovering what motivates me -- helping people use knowledge to achieve great things
  • Being willing to step out of my comfort zones -- launching InStep Consulting LLC
  • Creating a buzz about my accomplishments -- this blog!

As a child, I wanted to be a teacher – my role model was my first grade teacher.
I next considered medicine, first becoming a nurse, and then a doctor – the second option at the suggestion of my pediatrician.

In high school, I became enamored with the law – served as the lead prosecutor on my HS Law team. This interest continued through one-year tenure as a paralegal with the New York County District Attorney, and another year-and-a-half as a corporate paralegal.

I then became interested in what makes organizations work -- starting as a capacity building (organizational development) consultant for not-for-profit organizations. Since then, I have expanded my practice to consult with leading Fortune 500 companies.

Looking back, it is clear that I’ve had a focus on helping others. InStep Consulting enables me to work with diverse people and organizations to identify needs and create learning programs.

In some way, I've come full circle to my childhood desire of teaching. Yet, I know that my students, colleagues and clients teach me everyday how to be a more intuitive advisor and facilitator.
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