What’s your Story?
I’m not a coach. I’m not a counselor. I’m a storyteller. And nothing excites me more than helping you unearth, frame, and tell your authentic story.
About Bridges and Laces
If you have a destination in mind, we’ll build a bridge to help you get there. If you have a complex set of experiences you’re trying to navigate and make sense of, we’ll find the laces to help you pull them together. Each approach is powered by asking the right questions. Each results in the same outcome — your authentic story.
“Maslow viewed the role of the teacher, therapist, and parent as horticulturists, whose task is to ‘enable people to become healthy and effective in their own style.’ To Maslow, this meant that ‘we try to make a rose into a good rose, rather than seek to change roses into lilies. It necessitates a pleasure in the self-actualization of a person who may be quite different from yourself. It even implies an ultimate respect and acknowledgement of the sacredness and uniqueness of each kind of person.”
Excerpt from Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization
by Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD
Some of My Stories
It’s Always your Story
When it’s time to tell a story. When it’s time to find a story to tell. When it’s a struggle to unearth a powerful story that needs to be told. These are situations I’ve found myself in time and time again. And nothing has made me happier than listening to what people are trying to achieve, asking questions to help surface the most important points they want to highlight, and then, playing back to them what feels like their story in the most authentic and helpful of ways.
I’ve helped people recover, pivot, and adapt to new career paths. I’ve helped companies recover, pivot, and adapt to new market narratives. I’ve helped people find words for those moments, those emotions, those sometimes emotionally trying and testing times, when words escape or limit.
Helping people unearth, frame, and tell their stories has always been my passion. Which is why I’m now looking for ways to serve and support more deliberately.
Happy, Proud, Not Yet Satisfied
Virtually all of my time over the past 20 years has been in high growth, high intensity environments. Transforming and growing companies. Turning around and rebuilding companies. Bringing new businesses to life and new products to market. Helping the US government build a short, medium, and long-term plan for housing those displaced by natural disasters. Or maybe most importantly, being a father.
Happy, Proud, Not Yet Satisfied is a framework I developed to help people survive and thrive in these intense environments. It’s a simple, 20 minute exercise that can be done with any team, in any context, at any frequency, as a way to create space for personal joy in what you’ve achieved (Happy), as a way to acknowledge and document what you’ve accomplished (Pride), and to use those sentiments, as fuel to outline what you want to focus on, to improve, to do more of, or to do better (Not Yet Satisfied).
The framework is an excellent way to reset between moments of intensity. The order is also critical: first “Happy” to emphasize positivity and positive energy, next “Pride” to buttress those positive sentiments in strong tangible achievements, and finally, to “Not Yet Satisfied” which comes on the heels of that positive energy and celebration of accomplishment.
It’s an exercise I’ve been doing with my teams for over ten years, but the pandemic and the need to pull together a team that grew from 250 to 700 in just over a year, required codifying this smaller, one-to-one conversation into a framework that was easier to adopt and evangelize in a one-to-many environment.
Happy, Proud, Not Yet Satisfied is therefore a framework that’s valuable during all moments of transition and transformation. It’s also an exceptional way to start telling your own story. Whether you’re attempting to build a bridge, or find the right laces to pull your experiences together.