We are a sales, executive leadership and career development consulting team with 50+ years of combined professional experience navigating the path to success.
Thirty years ago when we spent time “dreaming” together about our future, we imagined starting a business that was oriented toward serving others. Our hope was to live out our values while enabling others to achieve their potential. Building on the professional experience, connections and credibility we have gained we are formalizing and realizing that vision with Fitsbow.
I have been connecting people to possibilities since high school. Because I have always been insatiably curious about the people in my family, my community, and my workplaces, I have always asked lots of questions. Questions that help me understand more fully; questions consistently asked from a place of curiosity and compassion and non-judgment; questions that enable me to make the connections.
I delight in introducing people to others when I see potential connections and interest. In my early days of connecting people to possibilities this took the form of introducing my friends to their lifetime mates—five of my couple friends met through me and are still together 30 years later.
In my professional life connecting people to possibilities has included recruiting, outplacement consulting and training, career strategizing, executive coaching, team building and planning, training and personal branding. For the 20+ years since I left my full time sales career with IBM to focus on family, I have built a portfolio of work serving organizations and leaders I respect and whose values I believe in.
SWEET SPOT FOR SUCCESS
Mid to senior level business professionals with a desire to learn and grow in order to achieve greater success and satisfaction in work.
Especially strong helping people who are feeling "stuck" to create productive change and forward momentum, and helping professionals "grow" into new levels of leadership.
SPECIFIC AREAS OF SUCCESS
Creating more balance in work life
Managing up effectively to achieve more organizational mobility
Building your personal brand and finding your "special sauce"
Using your special strengths to add value purposefully
Dealing with difficult managers
Effective transitions to new roles within your company or
Selling yourself into a great role in a new organization
Outside of work I enjoy family, my faith community, gardening, walking with friends, exercise, sunshine, family dinners, and occasional sun breaks when the PNW is feeling dreary.
Good to Great. We recognize those three words as the title of Jim Collins book from 2001. In our careers we’ve experienced or observed people having great experiences with great companies – and in other cases not so great experiences with not so great companies.
The subtitle of that book is “Why Some Companies Make the Leap……………. And Others Don’t”. As Jim mentions in the book it so often comes down to getting the right people on the bus – in the right seats. Not just getting the right people on the bus but keeping the right people on the bus – and ensuring they are positively engaged in their work.
After my university training I passed the CPA Exam and went to work for a Big 8 CPA firm. That was followed by sales and leadership positions in the technology field – starting with IBM and then moving to smaller public and private companies, both VC-backed and privately financed.
I have seen and experienced what can happen when the right people are on the bus, in the right seats, happy to be on that bus, headed to the destination they’ve agreed on.
My passion is to help companies thrive by focusing on:
Getting the right people on the bus (hiring the right people – for the job and the company).
Enabling people to be in the right seat on the bus (utilizing their strengths).
Ensuring that people are emotionally engaged in their work (they buy in to where the bus is going).
Have the right leader(s), who understand HOW to lead in a way that motivates and empowers others.
I’ve often been asked “Who was the best boss you ever had?”, “Who was the worst boss you ever had?”, and “What made that person the best or worst?”. We can probably all quickly identify the answers to those questions.
After being a part of various leadership teams for 30 years I have seen what works and what doesn’t work. I help business leaders lead in ways that make others want to follow, enable their team to work most effectively, and keep the good people they have. Areas of focus include helping leaders and companies:
Understand how they are experienced by their people – and how to learn and grow their leadership skills.
Hire the right people – who meet the company requirements and will fit into the company culture.
Identify, build, and retain their corporate culture.
It’s all about finding, keeping, and enabling people to perform at their best.
In my free time I enjoy major league ballgames, having recently been to my 27th ballpark (three more to go). I also enjoy family and friend adventures of all kinds, including hiking, bicycling, poker, reading, orchids, and movies; “The Big Lebowski” being the gold standard.