2006: Issue 15
As many of you know, I left my twenty year career as a hospital administrator in January of 2004 to begin a new one as professional coach, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and everything in between. For all of my working life, I had a boss – from the parents whose children I babysat to the EVP of Carilion, I always had a boss – someone I answered to who provided some degree of direction and accountability. It was a paradigm I was very familiar with, and that my brain understood.
To the surprise and concern of many, I was choosing to venture out on my own. Did I know what I was doing? Not totally. Yet I had experienced one of those moments of epiphany and insight, which according to David Rock and Dr. Schwartz (authors of the article The Neuroscience of Leadership), are essential to embracing a change of this degree. Actually there were two moments for me. One had occurred several years before when I had read an article about an executive coach, and said to myself and to my husband that is what I want to do. And another, in 2002, when I met a coach, and the first words out of my mouth, were “I want to do what you do”. Where did that come from? I can only assume that previous insight had taken root and was ready to bloom, because one thing led to another and here I am.
In addition to the moments of insight, the authors also emphasize the importance and power of focus to actually realize and sustain the change, claiming that the “act of paying attention creates chemical and physical changes in the brain”, which ultimately support the inculcation of the new behavior through the creation of stable connections in the brain’s structure required to realize the vision – assuming you practice, practice and practice.
Since beginning Extra Ordinary Living with David, I have continued to experience those moments of insight, and strive to give them life and breathe through my attention and actions. It is this process, and the superb coaching from my coach, that has led me to take ownership of this publication, claim that I write it, changing its name and format, slightly, while expanding my target audience to those who “defy the law of average” and thus live extra ordinary lives. It is simply the next evolution of Tiberius Rx.
Founded in 2003 and based in Roanoke, Virginia, Extra Ordinary Living works with individuals, organizations and teams to identify possibilities, create opportunities, remove obstacles and through deliberate action, optimize results.
Usually the first question we are asked, is why Tiberius? Our trivia friends can often identify the references……yes, Tiberius was the 2nd Roman emperor, and yes, Tiberius is the middle name of James T. Kirk from Star Trek. One of our life mottos and business principles is “to learn from the past, look to the future while living in the present.” Thus, Extra Ordinary Living.
As Professional Coaches, we are trained to listen, to observe and to customize our approach to our clients needs. We provide tools, support, structure and accountability to help our clients unleash their full potential and optimize results. The best thing about coaching is it is all about you – the client, and what you want. We may share our opinions and give you advice, but it is up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept. We suspend judgment and will support you in your decisions.
As Professional Speakers, our messages are inspirational while imparting useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to help our audiences live extra ordinary lives.
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
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