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My latest book, The Messy Truth About Leadership, that I wrote with Gavin Fenn-Smith is not your usual business book. For more of our Messy Truisms visit: Along with my work with Gavin, I am a senior consultant with Paradox Strategies which specializes in innovation.

What sets me apart from many others in my field is that I started my professional life as a psychotherapist. I have deep expertise in what makes people tick and how our environments influence our behaviors. I decided to expand my practice to effect change in larger systems so I made the transition to consulting and coaching work.  Part of my journey included four years as the Vice President of Human Resources at a large company where I had the chance to practice what I preached. So humbling!

My work as a consultant and an executive have all affirmed something I’ve known since my therapist days. We human beings want to be the best we can be but we sometimes need help with that. My approach is no nonsense, down to earth, based in reality — with a good dose of humor.

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