As I started and then continued to grow in my management career, it was always evident that being a manager came natural, and was enjoyable, to me. I was eager to help individuals flourish, to be their best. Management roles brought out my collaborative nature and I savored moments of consistently offering clear direction and supportive communication, delivering the good news along with the bad. I beamed when those around me did well.
Managing was fun for me (the best sign of a good job-fit!) and after nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of industries, including high tech, publishing, higher education, and manufacturing under my belt, I decided to branch out on my own. In 2001, I founded PeopleSense Consulting LLC, having been grounded with many experiences (ranging from awesome to awful) that have served me well when advising others.
Today, my mission is to help individuals and managers achieve their best work, by being in the right job and having the right relationships with their manager and co-workers.
My approach starts with making sure each person is in a job that fits their natural style and interests, then building skills so that everyone can address even the messiest issues with compassion, all the while maintaining a keen eye to meet the business objectives. When a culture exists where people can work through conflict authentically, organizational success will result. That translates to higher productivity, revenue, innovation, along with reduced turnover, conflict, and stress.
I believe we need to think creatively in order to figure out how to be our best. I had an unusual teacher to prove that point. In 2005, when I adopted my sweet, but timid and fearful dog, Grace, I became acutely aware of the ways that dogs can teach us lessons – personal lessons that translate to our workplace dynamics. Paying attention to how we relate in the larger world gives us knowledge for how to become a better manager, leader, and person. You can listen to this NHPR interview about the beginning of this journey, and how I use metaphors, stories, and examples from everyday life that inspire and move us all to an understanding and action that may have alluded us before.
Training (and other stuff you might want to know):
- Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Virginia Tech, 1983
- Masters of Organizational Management from University of Phoenix Online, 2004
- Graduate, Class of 2007 Leadership New Hampshire
- Trained facilitator in Total Quality Management (TQM) and ISO 9001
- Certified trainer and user of ProfileXT, CheckPoint 360, Performance Indicator, Customer Service Profile, and Profiles Sales Assessments
- Founder’s Club sales achiever from Profiles International, 2003-2013
- Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
- Frequent speaker at community service and business events
Community involvement, past and present
- Volunteer at Monadnock Humane Society
- Helping to bring Pets of the Homeless services to NH communities
- Advisory Committee for Healthy Monadnock 2020 program to become the healthiest community in the nation
- Monadnock Rotary Club and Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7870, Chair Monadnock Wellness Festival
- Past Trustee of Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, NH
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Assembly of Overseers
- Student mentor for Rotary International exchange program and ConVal Community Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars program
- Offer work-training sessions at The River Center, Peterborough, NH
- Member, Chamber of Commerce in Peterborough, NH
Balancing work with other things I also love
My husband, Pete, and I enjoy walking in the woods and observing the landscapes in nature, both plants and animals. We find pleasure from our two cats, brothers Oliver and Dodger, frequent rivals to Grace for our attention. (They all get their ample share, even if they don’t think so.) I read and learn about animal nutrition and holistic health options for their care. Other interests are quilting, rug hooking and braiding, and the occasional knitted piece (simple things like hats). I love my weekly yoga class and winter snowshoeing, and cheering on the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
Comments from Clients
Here are is a sampling of feedback that I’ve received from people that I’ve worked closely with:
“I see your ability to allow very different people to ‘connect’ at a deeper and more meaningful level than has ever happened before.”
“I really appreciated those times we talked openly about my unique personality/traits because it’s something that doesn’t happen very often in a business environment.”
“You are so good at making people feel at ease and comfortable.”
“You really pay attention when talking to others.”
“Our group found you to be very approachable.”
“It was empowering to hear your validation of the strengths that I brought to the table. As a non-traditional business person, I tend to undervalue my own contributions.”
I hope you’ll contact me so we can discuss your objectives. You don’t have to love dogs to work with me. You just have to appreciate people.