My BS and MS in chemical engineering provided me a strong foothold in the manufacturing world. Prior to starting my consulting business, I gained a wide range of manufacturing experience in the eleven years I worked for a major engineering and manufacturing company in Columbia, South Carolina.
My experiences spanned production operations, continuous improvement, training development and delivery, and product assurance. During six years of managerial experience, a primary goal of mine was to lead employees toward solving their own problems. The results included practical solutions and improved overall performance, as well as employees taking pride in contributions and growing in confidence. Naturally, when people feel more capable, involvement increases and improvement ideas flow faster.
My passion for leadership development grew considerably while leading a Lean Manufacturing transformation which included co-teaching a course on the concepts of Lean, the dynamics of organizational change, and the role of leadership in enabling change. While coaching leaders and professionals I honed skills in setting clear goals, aligning a team, change management and employee engagement – all of which are crucial for achieving higher performance.
I am a Master Black Belt in Lean-Six Sigma, and my credentials include a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. I have certifications in two highly valid assessment instruments, the WorkPlace Big Five Profile, and Styles of Influence (SOI).
“Imago” (pronounced ”ih-mah-go”) is the final stage of metamorphosis of an insect, where it finally emerges from its cocoon in its fully mature form.
To me, ”Imago” is about transformation, growth, development, IMPROVEMENT — whether for an individual or an organization.
How might your leadership be more effective after you spend the required time and energy transforming and developing new skills?
What benefits would your company realize as organizational processes are transformed, optimized for improvement and designed to enable employee engagement?
WorkPlace Big Five Profile and Styles of Influence (SOI)
The WorkPlace Big Five Profile™ 4.0 personality assessment is based on the Five-Factor Model of Personality. The assessment reveals an individual’s 5 personality supertraits and 23 subtraits that simply and clearly explain work-related behaviors found in day-to-day encounters with co-workers, employees, managers and colleagues.
The SOI provides a measurement of how we will act. It surveys four key behavior characteristics – Cognitive (ideas), Relational (emotions), Goals (forcefulness), and Detail (order). These characteristics provide a baseline of behavioral drives that tend to show themselves whenever we engage with, or attempt to influence others.
Both the WorkPlace Big Five Profile and the SOI are useful tools for both individual learning and growth as well as for team understanding and enhanced communication.