Time to Welcome and Celebrate Our Team’s New Talent
It’s an exciting time at PeopleSense Consulting. We’re thrilled to be expanding our team and welcoming Heather Moreau, SHRM-CP, RP, AIC, who brings with her not only a strong background in law and human resources, but also a deep commitment to lifelong learning and creating positive work culture.
So please join us in celebrating the addition of Heather’s many talents and learning more about the journey that brought her here. One of those skills is the joy she finds in writing, and she has offered to contribute to the PeopleSense blog. Be on the lookout for some of her posts where we can all learn and be inspired. In the meantime, read on for her interview with founder Robin Eichert (unexpected surprises await.)
RE: Where were you born?
HM: I was born and raised in Vermont, not far from the Canadian border and Lake Champlain. Neat fact: My dad was born in Montreal, and I recently found a Canadian immigration law that allows me to apply for dual citizenship.
RE: What three words would you use to describe yourself?
HM: I’d say people-driven, curious, and planner. Gaining insight and forming a strategy to help people work better together is what makes me tick.
I also love learning. This led me to juggle raising a toddler and working full-time, while earning my bachelor’s in the evening. Now, more than 20 years later, I’m headed back to study the human dimensions of organizations.
My roadmap has brought structure and served me well; yet the best parts of my life took place when I allowed chance to happen. So my 2022 goals are to be more spontaneous and take some risks.
RE: Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?
HM: Without hesitation, summer! I’m one of those people who thinks walking outside into heat and humidity feels like a comforting bear hug. I know I’m in the minority. While I always envied my northerner neighbors who loved a brisk, cold walk, I found my alignment only when I moved south. I’m much more in my element working poolside.
RE: What are your hobbies?
HM: The hobby I steadily devote time to is running, but I wasn’t a runner until my 40s. When my daughter was in high school, she asked me to run a mile with her for a sports requirement. I thought I’d die on that run.
So, when we cooked up an idea to run a half marathon together at Disney, I must have been focused on my other passion—travel. I learned two things quickly: training produces unimaginable results, and I experienced “natural runner’s high.”
Running keeps me physically healthy but can also clear my mind and form ideas that would never come to me at my computer. I’ve made it a goal to run a half marathon in each state and just checked off number 20 while watching the sun rise over Yosemite National Park.
RE: What is your favorite animal?
HM: Well, I can’t be part of PeopleSense and not say dog! But really, I became a dog person when my little boy “Ringo” arrived in our house. I always thought I was a cat person. It took 20 years of marriage, but my husband eventually wore me down and our rescue dog came prancing into my life. It wasn’t long before I understood “rescue” means that dogs rescue people. Ringo rescued us from our empty nest. Though we lost him recently, I’ll always feel that unconditional, visceral love.
RE: Do you have a favorite author or book?
HM: There are so many to choose from! But I can tell you about a book that had an impact on me. Designing Your Life was the first book I discovered in my self-awareness journey. The authors explained how people applied “design thinking” to their life and careers.
The book sparked my journey to find alignment between my home and work life. I no longer seek the exhausting, elusive balance between the two but feel harmony. It’s been a process for sure, but the book changed what I was willing to accept for myself.
RE: What has been a challenge in your life? Are you still working on it?
HM: My DiSC style is S. I naturally want stability and harmony, which has allowed me to build meaningful relationships. But there are pitfalls to my strengths.
When I’m under stress, I’m more apt to be on autopilot and forget to put my oxygen mask on before helping others. I have recognized that ignoring self-care is a path to burnout. Under stress, I also seek places where I feel most comfortable, which can translate into caving in on my own ideas.
Noticing how I’m feeling helps me counter these past traps. It allows me to create either an intention about what I want or more importantly sometimes, a boundary about what I don’t want.
I also try to reframe my definition of failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. These strategies require being mindful, but I know I’m at my best when I have wings to fly and the energy to make those around me thrive.
Hope you enjoyed learning about some of Heather’s favorite hobbies, reads, and even her challenges. Put a face with the name by checking out our recent mini-interview here. Want to say a quick hello or welcome? Click here to send Heather an email.
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