Grateful for the range of consultants’ expertise being shared, both the theoretical and experiential knowledge, by the consultants writing books for more effective, efficient management of organizations.
Without a high school education, but a knack for organizing and leadership, in my early twenties I was thrust into management as Assistant Manager for a chain department store in a community of ten thousand, which was the beginning of my professional leadership roles.
Since then, whether head cashier, office manager, storefront manager, corporate human resources, operations, and financial planning team member, plus as founder for a couple of non-profits, (please see this blog’s page, About Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, to also review my subsequent education and professional credits), I have needed two things.
The first was to learn what needed to change in me to be the most effective, yet also the most respectful leader.
The second was to study management experts because I knew in my heart the day would come when I would run my own company and here I am, self-aware of my strengths and what I also need to do to transform any shortfalls into strengths also.
Thankfully, I learn extremely well from books, as well as, testing the material by experiment, which is why I must say “Thank You” to all those who have shared their wisdom to aid my transformation from middle management knowledge and skills to senior/executive.
The latest to add to the list of teachers and books are the authors Jeffrey Ford and Laurie Ford. Jeffrey Ford is associate professor of management in the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University in Columbus. Laurie Ford is a consultant to managers and executives in business, government agencies, and associations on organization redesign and change implementation.
Jeffrey and Laurie’s book, The Four Conversations, Daily Communication That Gets Results, is the latest in the arsenal of knowledge transforming me into the executive I have known in my heart for years I was destined to become.
The journey has been very long, very untraditional, yet also very powerful in enriching my natural proclivities, developing new ones, and emboldening me with what is needed to meet the goals.
Now, it’s back to reading and the two books waiting to be finished and released this fall for the company’s surge ahead.
Best wishes to you and your own endeavours moving you closer to the fulfilment of your dreams. Never give up … just stay open, focused, and adaptable. Oh yes, and patient.
Kaitlin Ann Trepanier
PRESIDENT FOUNDER AUTHOR SPEAKER ARTIST KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle … the for-profit social business venture raising Respect Levels with original entertaining, educational, and inspirational books, products, and services. ©All Rights Reserved 2015
August 16, 2017