FAMILY: Of all the gifts I have received in my life, my family and the love we share is the 'wind beneath my wings'! My children - daughter, Lori; son, Scott; and gift of my second marriage, Julie, plus the grandchildren they have each brought me - are THE BEST!
BUSINESS ASSOCIATES and MENTORS: My career has included speaking, training, writing, and mentoring to others, but it all started out by being trained myself by the "best of the best" - world-famous mentors, speakers, motivators, authors, business executives, and world leaders in their fields! Buckminster Fuller, Marshall Thurber, Doria (DC) Cordova, Bobbi DePorter, Werner Erhart, Dr. Serge Gravelle, Ralph Thompson; plus my tireless team associates, Sandra Davis, Sharon Honning – all have guided my life and for each i am so grateful!
There are many hundreds of others who make up this incredible network of graduates and you probably are students of many of them as well! I'm proud to be a graduate as well as one of the Master instructors for Money and You , the foundational program of Excellerated Business School for Entrepeneurs - both of which make up the 'granddaddy' of Super Learning experiential curriculum - and which i'm proud to still call clients for the DISC Profiles I provide and teach from. This global network of graduates holds so many of my best friends, associates, partners and clients that now, thanks to the gift of technology, we meet regularly via large and smaller, more intimate group video calls.
MY VISION - surpassed! The outreach of all the companies that now use my version of DISC has so far surpassed my longest range vision and the goals that I had when I started learning and consulting using DISC back in 1979! I'm so proud now to realize that committing my career to personal growth and development has allowed me to bring people-literacy to the world!
I think all of us are good at manifesting things once we know what we want to do and where we want to go. I'm particularly grateful for the situations that have occured for me - almost like magic, and certainly when I least expected them - sort of like the global pandemic that caught the world "off guard" in February/March of 2020! I recognized that this was not unlike what happened in my world in 1979 in terms of my career... and here is the "rest of the story" of how I got to what I do and am growing into doing today!
I had prepared throughout my days at UCSB and UCLA universities to become a teacher. So for 15 years taught Choir, English, Reading and History both in public high schools as well as in a few college courses as well. I loved teaching, but I was concerned with how few students really knew who they were or what they wanted to do with their lives when they graduated from high school and I also wanted to teach parents how to "not mess up their children" by trying to impose their own thoughts, feelings, cultural biases and rules upon them while giving growing children no choices to be who they really were.
As most know that "When the student is ready, the teacher appears" and the answer this student needed
came In 1979, when I found in two programs I took simply for my own growth and development. But what I found took my life on a sudden and very exciting 90-degree turn!
You see, there is a shift in perspective that comes by completing a simple 10-15 minute assessment instrument called DISC... the four first letters of the observable behavioral patterns which each of us has driving our own style in unique and different ways. These four - Dominance, Influencing, Steadiness and Compliance - combine in each of us in varying levels of intensities, depending on the emotions, needs and concerns we bring along with us from our past situations and how we've interpreted their meaning for our life. And it is these very different levels of intensities we each have that bring the gift of balance needed in every family, business, team, and social relationship. The key to being PeopleSmart and being able to "Dance on the DISC" within every relationship we ever have - personal or in business - is first to know what we bring along with us, and then learning how to read, recognize, honor, and relate to each of the other styles that are different from our own!
Once I saw this and realized that I had been teaching 15 years and had never heard of DISC, I got Certified in DISC and planned to add it to my teaching toolkit from that day forward.
Soon after becoming DISC-Certified, I realized that public schools are not where we are expected to teach students how to understand themselves and others, nor are we invited to teach them how to transform their lives - mainly because transformation is not something you can "teach" someone else to do. People have to see for themselves what is working for them, what is not working, what they love doing most, and how they want to take that forward into their own lives.
I attended a program offered by what is now called the Excellerated Business Schools for Entrepreneurs and a revolutionary experiential learning foundational Money & You 3 1/2 day program where my natural entrepreneurial spirit took over, and I have never looked back! In fact, Money & You, which is a global magnet in education, has been using our DISC profiles as my client now for over 40 years.
Getting certified allowed me to help people see and understand themselves and others on a deeper level. The report that came back revealed the gifts they had in their strengths and weaknesses they could work on if they wanted different results in their lives, and what I was most passionate about was that it made it instantly possible for ANYONE - without special licenses - to understand and LOVE everyone they meet!
I encourage you to know, love, and understand yourself first and next understand the others around you so you can work and live together in harmony. Then you can teach others around you how to find their greatest gifts and make the Art of People-Reading simple and fun on the journey to self-and-other understanding. Our DISC personality profiling tools include insights for any business industry, culture, age, and educational levels and will offer benefits for those interested in:
In other words, they are appropriate anywhere PEOPLE are involved!
Let me know how I can help you find the path to taking your life, relationships, and business to whole new levels of purpose, passion, and happiness. This is because the gift is already within you. Helping you bring that gift out of you and into the light for YOUR benefit is MY job... and I LOVE it!