We believe that workplaces that emphasize healing employee capacity will experience higher overall cultural engagement and productivity.
Healing is defined as practices that restore energetic reserves and embrace an emphasis of being present.
Chief Vision Officer & Founder
How It All Began...
It was the summer of 2015, and I was on maternity leave. I had just given birth to my youngest daughters, who decided to make an appearance six weeks early. It was in those days of traveling to and from the NICU that I found myself questioning everything. I suddenly was hyper aware that I felt numb and I was tired.
I casually made excuses saying my feelings were simply a byproduct of post-baby hormones. As I continued to attempt to navigate the emotional storm that was overwhelming my life, my husband extended an olive branch. Inviting me to create space and take time. To pause, choose myself and remove all other influences. I accepted and left the world of corporate expectations and opened the doors of Leadership Arts Associates. A boutique Leadership Development and HR Consulting firm.
What I learned early on in my entrepreneurial pursuits, is despite my professional career success to that point – personally I felt empty. Leadership Arts Associates displayed this raw realization, with my clear lack of direction and confidence. For the first time in my life, I was looking in the mirror and realizing that I wasn’t sure who I was and what, if anything, I had to offer to the world.
Up to that point I was living checking all the boxes on my proverbial, “Life Goal List.” Needless to say, I felt like I wasn’t truly living. My life was in motion and I was just along for the ride.
I was disengaged from my work and my life.
This is where my obsession began. As a HR practitioner that specializes in organizational development and culture change, engagement was a big deal for me. Now knowing that I personally was disengaged felt like a failure. If I couldn’t keep myself engaged, how in the world could I help guide anyone in keeping others engaged.
So my quest began, with me at the center of my research. There was no company to hide behind or organization to blame for my unhappiness, everything was dependent on me. The perfect foundation for exploration to answer the questions…
How do we help the disengaged?
How do we prevent disengagement all together?
Overview of Research
Why So Personal?
I felt compelled to share my personal story, because I was at the forefront of my own research. I have always been a believer that I would never ask someone to do something I hadn’t done, and so I knew I needed to go first on all fronts if I was ever going to materialize tangible actions for change. More importantly, I’ve learned there is no choice but to get personal. It is this level of intimacy that has been missing from our organizational development work that has allowed our progress to become stagnant and morale numbers to continue to decline.
We are whole human beings that are not meant to suppress certain aspects of ourselves for extended periods of time. The act of suppression is causing active internal destruction as well as the use of energy that is unnecessary. Our workplaces have cultivated a type of society that encourages suppression and as a result limits diversity, authenticity and self-care. If we don’t make a change and challenge these default ways, our health and organizations will continue to decline.
Where Are We Now
Our Mission is to: Create a strong healthy vitality within workplaces and individuals that ends suffering and cultivates engagement. Our portfolio of services is devoted to staying in alignment with moving our Mission forward. Our work is continually evolving, reflective of our own growth and research.