I just submitted an entry to www.truenorthsnacks.com/story – a contest to have an TV ad created and played during the Oscars featuring your True North Story. Entries are limited to 300 words. Here’s mine.
My name is Heather Stagl, founder of Enclaria, LLC, where I equip individuals to lead organizational change. In my 11 years in corporate America, I learned that true leadership does not manifest itself only at the top of an organization. I’ve made it my mission to help people at all levels make a difference – to improve their job and make their company a better place to work for their colleagues.
I started my career as an industrial engineer and soon discovered that even a well-designed system will not work without accompanying leadership to sustain the change. The more I learned about leadership and change management, the less I liked my work environment, but I loved the people I worked with and had hope it could be better. I did my fair share of complaining, and then decided to do something about it. Using my MBA program as an excuse to perform a study, I was able to show the leadership team ways we could improve the organization. I was invited to facilitate strategy sessions and to lead one of the key initiatives that came out of it.
In the middle of this journey, I was introduced to coaching. I discovered during the coaching training classes that I was a natural. I realized that helping people find clarity was something that I had done most of my life. People always seemed to seek me out to help them think through problems and apply logic to find solutions.
Despite my successes, I still feel that there is so much more that I could have done, if I only had the courage and determination to tackle it. I don’t want anyone else to feel that they could have done more to transform their organization.