HAS A WAY WITH PEOPLE
HOW I GOT HERE
Life is full of turning points–times when you have to start over or get back on track, whether by choice or circumstance.
WHERE I CAME FROM
My own turning point started when I found myself mentally checking out of meetings–something we all do from time to time. Leadership focused on managing to the quarter and not the long game was uninspiring and contributed to my increasing frustration. Leadership focused on managing to the quarter and not the long game was uninspiring. Some companies seemed to have the answer, and I wanted to study them.
So, I went back to school. Following my doctorate I found inspiration in researching many talented people--from master craftsmen to CEOs--who make themselves relevant in an increasingly turbulent world. How they go about their work, the decisions they make, the way they evaluate their efforts--we can learn a lot from them.
The future of work is demanding that we become ever-more improvisational. People need a way to practice moving toward greater autonomy. This requires empathy, intuition, the ability to make good decisions, and most importantly engaging in "smart mistakes." Rather than relying on policies, templates, and measures, it means knowing when to break with convention to do the right thing.
Craftsmen are trained and very effective at solving open-ended problems in their mediums. Craftsmanship—to live a life and perform work with craft—is the struggle for individual agency in a world telling us to fit in. The degree to which we can dance with uncertainty is in direct proportion to the ingenuity of our problem-solving capability. The more we risk what we know, the more we learn.
To get new results, we have to be willing to tinker with the systems in which we operate. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But how many times do you really sit in the question, or risk not knowing the answer? Moving forward in life is so much more than realizing you have all you need to succeed. It's about how you show up.
As we advance in our careers we gain skills and experiences, the problems that plague us are generally psychological in nature. Self-awareness, propensities and compulsions of our personalities and our understanding of resistance impact our ability to see reality clearly. My goal is to help you identify and alleviate self-limiting thoughts, behaviors, and activities that prevent you from influencing the world with your ideas.
By combining principles of business, stoicism, psychology, and creativity, I develop ideas to inspire your thinking. Together, our goal is to help you identify patterns, make alternative choices, and respond in new ways.
Christine has over twenty years of practical management experience in both startups and Fortune 500 companies holding management positions in marketing, engineering, IT/operations, and finance. She holds a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science and a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology.
Christine actively listens for what is not said and connects insights to objectives that move clients forward. Her focus is on leveraging a leader’s strengths to build sustainable behaviors and practices. She has spent more than 20 years working in business in large complex organizations such as Microsoft, Starbucks, RealNetworks, and Yahoo!. She has successfully partnered across multiple functions and led global initiatives as a change-leader in cross-divisional projects spanning multiple business units during times of turbulence and growth, and has led teams responsible for business intelligence, operations and analysis, and platform development.
As an executive coach and facilitator, Christine encourages clients to explore and direct their strengths to work most effectively, engage more intentionally and collaborate more successfully.
Christine's work educates business leaders in classical philosophical and psychological tenets generally absent from today’s business school curriculum. She does not focus on change at scale, although that is a byproduct of her work. She focuses on the internal work required behind the scenes to cultivate a shift in perspective and subsequently, behavior at an individual level.
As a former business intelligence leader, Christine helps clients to develop their emotional intelligence and executive presence to positively advance their ideas and grow their influence.
By being clear, concise, and direct she is able to synthesize complex issues, read people quickly, and help develop strategies to move forward. Christine is known for asking powerful questions, reflecting hard truths, and championing individuals as they courageously seek to understand themselves and the impact they have on their organizations and the people around them.