Delivering honest engagements rooted in relevant topics is the objective. To do so as personably and authentically as possible is the promise. Besides, Oscar Wilde said it best, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Popular topics cover compassionate leadership, belonging in the workplace, the ROI and VOI of well-being, artists as gap analysts, and designing the built environment for human innovation.
By applying artistic training to research discipline, project outcomes are always unique to the client and holistic by design. The imperative is to understand your organizational culture and behaviors before prescribing strategies. Nothing happens in a vacuum, so neither will the consulting approach.
Subject matter expertise includes implicit cognition and bias, change management, macro-ergonomics, organizational development, aesthetic influence and impact.
Previous projects have involved vetting interview questions for implicit-bias, assessment survey analysis, change communication during mergers and acquisitions, implementing ergonomics-based change management for work place design, designing well-being and ergonomics interventions and trainings for employee engagement, as well as creating synergies between corporations and the communities they serve.
Combining Inspiral’s neuroscience-based coaching technique with real-world know-how. The intention is to help you identify and execute creative strategies for building productive personal habits, winning team dynamics, and strong company culture. The role of the executive coach is to help you do your own best thinking, then help make a plan to act on it.
Scope of work might include ideation, vision clarification and focus, strategy design and activation, work-life change events, career pivots, and emotional intelligence.
Together, we’ll work to ensure that you accomplish your growth goals.
I’m an award-winning artist and bestselling author who became an industrial-organizational psychologist in order to make work well.
Growing up in housing projects that were gentrified sparked my initial interest in the relationship between personal and communal identity. Having those same housing projects located blocks away from the city’s library, museum, and major historical sites - along with my mom’s artistic and décor flair that made our little apartment look like a magazine spread - exposed me to the fact that art, in all of its forms, can impact us profoundly. I didn’t know it then, but my subsequent search for self through living in many places, amongst many types of people and cultures, along with trying on a variety of different careers, are what led me to attain a Ph.D. in I-O psychology.
My early life experiences as the “other” in a variety of settings gave me many gifts. Chief among them is my ability to engage in a manner that respects the culture and context of another. While one can never walk in someone else’s shoes, we may each connect to our humanity and in turn recognize parts of ourself in most any setting – no matter how different that setting might seem.
That said - rather than through a single, self-focused lens - I try to view life as if through a kaleidoscope.
I activate my 20,000 + hours of formal studio art training, psychology education, business experience, and hard-won life lessons by mixing aesthetics and research to help develop work cultures that enhance, empower, and engage people for the betterment of their organization and community.
This holistic approach - inclusive of the human, built, and intangible environments® - is my definition of workplace well-being.
I ultimately believe that both artists and researchers imagine what can become in the white space between what already exists. We hypothesize, strategize, then design ways to manifest what we believe can be.
In truth, we are all part artist and part researcher. And it is this belief that compels me to create, to collaborate, to work with inspiration and intention.
Implicit Cognition & Bias
Organizational Development Strategy
Aesthetic Influence & Impact
Ph.D. I-O Psychology
MA I-O Psychology
BFA Studio Art
WELL Accredited Professional
Positive Psychology Interventions
ICF Associate Certified Coach (pending)
© Melissa Steach 2016