HI, MY NAME’S LISA.
I have seen and felt the effects of both poor and great leadership. I want your team to experience the latter from you. Great leaders are able to take their teams to amazing heights.
I focus mainly on small to medium-sized companies, using my 20 years of learning and experience to fast track you to becoming the leader you want to be.
Our business has developed and expanded in ways I had only dreamed of. The past two years have been a learning and growing process for everyone involved. Lisa was an important part of the successful growth of myself as well as the physical body of Discover Fitness with Kate Durst Inc. Lisa has been my Life Coach for many years now, and she coached me as a person and as a leader. She helped me understand how to lead DF to the next level and continues to do so.
Kate Durst-Suarez, Discover Fitness
I am driven. I have been from the very beginning. Straight out of University, my primary goal was getting a job in Human Resources. This is harder than you think, you need experience to get a full time Human Resources role. I was able to get four consecutive six-month contracts to gain the experience.
I am blessed. I finally landed my first full-time role with Magna International. I had amazing leaders there and lots of management training. They were very concerned about having a consistent culture across the company and this training allowed that. They provided me the training and experience I needed to take on my first management role at 28 years old at Norbord, an international company that has a facility in my home town. My goal had been to be a manager by 30 and I did it over a year early.
I am a strong leader. I recognized that leading came easy to me because I was willing to internalize all my training and experience. While I had been a shy child, I stepped out of my comfort zone and rose to the challenges facing me. Through this transition, my leaders supported me unconditionally. I was in a safe learning environment that allowed for mistakes on my part with the support to learn from it and make the necessary corrections. In addition, I was encouraged to share opinions without fear of retribution and to debate issues with the understood goal of reaching the best decision with all available information being shared. I was also given feedback on my weaknesses and took extra courses and joined Toastmasters to improve my communication skills.
I had to learn the hard way. My first management role was ideal as it provided the experience I needed along with a supportive staff. As I grew and moved into larger roles, however, I started to face real challenges. I worked with several managers who were less than stellar. They were not self-aware and were more concerned with appearances than with reality. They did not follow the Values, Vision or Mission that they themselves had established. As a result, I worked at three different jobs over the next few years with each having their own frustrations.
I lost my confidence. The last one in this series was the worst. This environment didn’t match my personal values and, while I maintained strong self-confidence, I was constantly being told I was wrong despite the reality. Nonetheless, the constant questioning of my judgement, based more on a difference in values than substance, it began to have an impact as I started to believe I was wrong and question my own judgement. Fortunately, by this time, I was a trained leadership coach and maintained a business outside of my job. I was blessed at this time with a corporate restructuring and I started running my own business full time. To the dismay of many colleagues I did not include Human Resources Consulting in my business at the time.
I got my confidence back. It took 5 years of only focussing on coaching and avoiding anything Human Resources related but I was finally able to take full stock of the impact of that job and I worked to regain my confidence. I’m happy to say that I’m back to my Human Resources roots and loving every minute of it. It’s worth mentioning that through this ordeal I was dealing with health issues, as well, which taught me the importance of self-management. While as a coach I knew and taught this concept, my life had given me the opportunity to truly live it. This wasn’t an easy time for me and I had to accept that I didn’t have the energy I used to.
Two sides of the coin. Today, as I look back on my journey, I have experienced the best and worst of leadership firsthand. I have been blessed to be led and nurtured in positive environments and, unfortunately, have endured poor leadership and seen the effects on an entire staff.
Would it surprise you to know that “Managing, Supervising, and Leading” are skills that have nothing to do with your age? Stepping into a Supervisor/Manager/Leader role is not always easy. You go from doing the work, to motivating and inspiring others to do the work.
When I first started public speaking, I spoke quickly, quietly and got off that stage as soon as possible. Enter toastmasters, Now I can stand on a stage, drop my script and speak for 20 minutes off the cuff.
Having a coach is having someone in our corner that you can discuss anything with. A coach is held to the same level of confidentiality you are. You have everything that you need, a coach just helps you to find your wisdom and remind you of the skills you already possess.