Vice President of Human Resources, Logic PD
One of my early encounters with George was sitting next to him at a Master’s Forum session where we were each given a stack of cards that were intended to help us sort our career interests. Like many other attendees, I studied each card and couldn’t quite decide what to do with it. Not George. He rifled through the deck, quickly assessing his interests and comfortably finishing, while I and others were still pondering. Reflecting back on this experience, I believe George knows himself well enough that he is able to be completely in service to others.
A couple of years ago I asked George to help me think through a consulting business idea that I was pursuing. Over a 6 month period, George helped me build a business strategy through his personal coaching, assessment tools and his list of suggested readings. I gained tremendous clarity that had been missing years earlier during our “card sorting” encounter and this clarity prepared me for a “dream project” that came my way just as George and I were concluding our work together. I initially dismissed the opportunity because it involved setting aside my stated goal of achieving greater professional freedom by working independently. However it was an executive leadership role that would leverage many of my deepest interests and capabilities with a company profile that fit my consulting “sweet spot” – mid-size, high-tech, unique value proposition and with significant potential for greater synergies across locations and business units. I describe it as a project because that’s how George suggested that I consider viewing it. I am almost a year and a half into that “project” now and it has become the most fulfilling professional role in my career. And for now it has displaced earlier independent consulting ambitions.
Throughout my work with George, he didn’t tell me what to do. Through his probing questions and insights we discovered the answers together. I now have a much better awareness of the core elements that must exist in my professional life. I highly recommend his services, especially for mid- to late-career executives who are seeking deeper meaning in their professional lives, with an eye toward a graceful transition to a “portfolio life” filled with meaningful professional and personal diversity. After working with George, I have a much clearer picture of what a “portfolio life” could look like for me and it is not as dependent on my original view of consulting. Someday I may get the consulting itch again, but it won’t be because I am seeking greater freedom. With George’s help, I already have it.