How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become A Consultant and Career Coach?
To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment, and a resulting “compelling story” that brought me to where I am today – consulting with food safety & quality professionals like you on exactly what to do to feel more confident in your supplier programs before a big audit, or leveling up with great supplier management tools and programs.
That defining moment in my life happened in March of 2020.
I started out on top of the world – project after project and all the autonomy I could want. I lead my company toward each and every one of their goals and certifications. I helped reinvigorate corporate programs and systems to reflect current customer and regulatory needs in the process. I was well on the way to making myself indispensable, so I thought.
Little did I know; these heights weren’t sustainable. In the blink of an eye, change in management, followed by COVID-19 pandemic, my successes became my hell. I forged my way through new roles, in a new position, but along with the changes, the job came with a huge pile of responsibility and stress. And every single thing my team and I did was scrutinized. I felt like I was on a sinking ship about to go down with the COVID pandemic and uncertain organizational path ahead with what looked like rough waters ahead.
And I couldn’t turn to my managers for support. They were constantly looking at how to justify the current team and responsibilities, budget, and demanding more, more, more! I couldn’t understand their hostility. I had rocked for 2 years, I had brought the company supplier quality programs to the highest level of success it has achieved with limited support, encouragement, or enthusiasm – and yet it became obvious that when push came to shove, it was down to what the organization thought it needed to survive the rough waters ahead — cost and overhead reductions forced resturcture.
I was partnered with so many teammates that only saw their own perspective of supply chain quality management and what was important in their objectives, not what was important for quality and developing supplier relationships that would help the organization navigate the organizational supply chain strategies. These supplier relationships are what I feel should be key to developing strong long term relationships of transparency and trust in the organization with its suppliers.
My own team was constantly belittled and thrown under the bus. We were left with everyone else’s bad purchasing strategies and models of buying cheap selling high when these purchased materials or problems were then handed off to me, the plants and corporate quality. Instead, we were held to help fix the processing issues and improve the usable product. You know what they say about what goes in will come out? Well, we were at the complete mercy of senior leadership and whatever they decided to obsess about that day became our number one focus. (It didn’t help that they changed that focus almost weekly and sometimes even daily.)
And then, to my surprise, only a week after “making some mistakes on a customer document request”, just like that, I became dispensable and my work at home life took a turn for what I thought the worst. My employer calls me up and within a few short minutes of the call shuts off my access to emails before ending the call of doom! I just got restructured out of a job! I started to second guess my ability to continue my success path and ability to climb the corporate ladder to Director status and manage little details in the day to day requests. It was terrifying but gave me time to think about a new topic – myself and where I wanted to go from here.
“Why does this keep happening to me? There is no such thing as employer loyalty, doing the right thing.” Next, I had to really ask myself, do I really enjoy what I do and who I do it for? I was so focused on the next task and getting all the work done that was thrown on my plate with little to no appreciation for what I have already brought to the table. Why would I want to continue to work for a boss or or an organization that didn’t find value in what I offered? I should take this opportunity to re-evaluate what I love doing and who I do it for, as it’s just not worth the stress otherwise. Why not have more? There is no limit to what I can do with my current skills, knowledge and persistence about developing systems to support food safety & quality teams.
And so, I picked up my new found freedom and starting thinking about all the What Ifs and How To’s of starting my own consulting and career coaching business. Besides, every organization I have worked for in the past has utilized what I brought to gain new successes in food safety and quality performance. So hanging up my shingle of consultant, career coach, and entrepreneur made sense!
Finally, I shared the news of my what seemed doom and gloom news with my spouse and immediately felt relieved! I dusted off my hopes and dreams and re-invented myself with the experience of 23 years in the food industry. The view in my looking glass may have changed, but there is no limit of what can be accomplished using the skills and experience which got me to earning over 6 figures for multiple companies, with multiple locations, and many certification schemes along the way.
My next chapter had officially begun and my life changed almost instantly. I started asking myself “what can my next opportunity do for me?” Until that moment, I had only ever cared for the company.
And along the way of figuring that out, I found more self-love, more self-prioritization, a whole new way of thinking and helping others achieve greatness with fresh ideas and best practices I have learned along the way. That’s the thing, having worked for many different companies in different roles of responsibility, I have even more focus on continual improvement and change mastery!
I sat down to write my angry farewell letters but my mindset shifted. The anger fell away. I congratulated and thanked my boss for the opportunity to learn more about supplier management programs. I bet he was scratching his head expecting me to yell, jump and scream based on his organized approach with HR to cut me off while still on the phone! I knew then that I had built a strong base in which the plants can now take leadership with the tools I left behind, there will be a quality legacy with lessons I’ve taught along the way. Without a focus and strategy of supplier quality, the improvement process on quality will be more difficult.
In reflection, while I’ve worked with many food safety & quality programs, various sites, spoken in front of countless groups: I live my dream of doing what I love for people that appreciate it, making contributions to food safety & quality my dual passions. Let’s not forget, as a coach I am also bringing self improvement, reinvention and the idea of sharing best practices, and process improvements. Never again will I sacrifice myself, or career happiness to meet strategies that serve a single purpose of cost reduction with to no thought for quality, transparency, and trust with the customer or suppliers.
I’ve cleaned up my past behaviors of tolerating misaligned actions with mission and values, and started teaching food safety & quality professionals how they can do the same: I watched their confidence, physical presence, and energy levels shift to positive after clearing their baggage! I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other mid-career professionals who feel stuck, to find their career happiness, and begin living the life they were meant to.
Since then, I’ve worked with many private clients, spoken about how I am living my dream of helping others like-minded professionals like us to break free from our chains of corporate complacency, knowing they can do something to change things. I go to work now with a free spirit, full of intention to make the world a better place starting with me; and I have created a confidence building career mindset program called the 7-Step-Transformation-System™. This series of steps will change how you start looking at your reality, the closed doors, stop blaming others for where you are, make new decisions for yourself that will benefit you and your family, and help you prepare your mindset for the new journey as you begin to unfold it. Every mid-career professional feeling like there is more to life than giving all your time and effort for money, needs to apply to find your purpose, feel free, in charge of your career, and most importantly; like you are in charge of your destiny. Who are your clients? I work with people just like you who are driven, committed to yourself, want to succeed at putting yourself first for a change, and are sick and tired of repeating the same cycles over and over.
I can help you if you are:
- Looking to up-level your food safety & quality systems, or to reinvigorate your programs
- Needing to verify supplier programs for compliance
- Developing stronger written programs for supplier performance improvement
- Wanting to compare automated approaches to supplier management
- Looking to make a major career shift
- Working class looking to build your business but are afraid to take the leap
- Downsized working professionals trying to figure out what is next
- Feeling stuck in your career
- Feeling like there has got to be more to life than this
- Want to create your next career success.
What makes me different from other food safety & quality consultants? Although we will occasionally touch upon time management and other regulatory or certification requirements, you have me as a confidence and systems expert and consultant. I look at the quality of existing written programs, results, and records to see what gaps can be found. Beyond your expertise and experience, there are different ways of to manage programs that others from the outside can bring to your attention. What that means to you is that you get a goal and end result oriented kick-butt authentic experience while reinvigorating or even totally re-writing the program.
My consulting services use co-designing and collaboration to rewrite, implemented and roll-out your new offerings for your success. Let me know who, where, what, and when… My niche is supplier programs as this is a recent need with new regulations to navigate and constant change in the supplier and supply chain sourcing world.
My career coaching program 7-Step-Transformation-System was created for people who are absolutely excited and dead serious about make a change in your decision process. You will need to look at life a little differently to reach something different. You will look back at yourself months from now and wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Clean out that personal baggage that has been holding you back, kick it to the curb and step out in your new version of you! – it means not running around all day long, beating yourself up anymore saying: “I don’t deserve to be a healthy, wealthy, leader”. Why not use my system created for you to save yourself time figuring out how to do it in months (sometimes in weeks!), which will eventually lead you to increased confidence, physical presence, and high vibration energy levels.
Being a mid-career professional myself, I’m known to work best with other Mid-career professionals, people who are committed to their success no matter what, who are super-ready to get going and just want to know exactly what steps to take to create their next chapter of success. My clients often tell me – “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” Consider what you’ll do with me to be a high-octane crash course on everything you need to know to master your next career chapter. You will be expected to take serious and consistent action. No excuses anymore, just a very different way of thinking and full support while you achieve this incredibly exciting goal: increased confidence, physical presence and high vibrating energy levels.