Seventeen years of working on an ambulance helped me develop strong instincts and a deep intuition and respect for people. It shaped me into a quick-thinking, decisive leader. My friends and family call me a “fixer,” because you can drop me in a crisis and I’ll automatically look for the win-win solution.
But as much as I loved working as a paramedic, the role was pushing me beyond my limits. I became seriously ill—I was physically and emotionally exhausted. I had reached total burnout. I decided I needed to step back from my career and focus on my health, and take a serious inventory of what was important to me in life.
I thought about what my strengths were and what I was passionate about, and remembered when I served as a field training officer and eventually a clinical field supervisor. I loved everything about mentoring and giving back, and it was fulfilling to watch proudly as many of my former trainees went on to become leaders themselves.
This realization inspired me to go back to school and earn a master’s degree in leadership and management. Then I took all of my experiences as a leader in Emergency Medical Services and my struggles with burnout and I channeled them into my book Leader: The Journey To Become The Force Your Business Needs To Win.
Now I continue that work in my leadership coaching and consulting services. Every single day I get to follow my passion and help leaders develop the skills and mindset necessary to inspire the people around them. I’m committed to helping people like you become leaders worth following.
“Having a calm and capable demeanor is the foundation of strong leadership.”Christine Matzen
Our mission is to develop strategic challenge-ready leaders.
Our vision is to make leaders worth following that change the world for the better in every area. Leaders who care for people and believe that leadership is measured in the prosperity they create and not the wealth they amass.
Are you a leader or want to become one?
Do you feel like life has become a never ending stream of overwhelm?
Has your health and lifestyle taken a back seat to everyone and everything else?
Are you having trouble inspiring your employees?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you have come to the right place.
Authentic leaders who want to excel in their professional and personal life must have effective leadership strategies. Self-leadership is the corner stone of our leadership philosophy.
‘Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.”
Effective leaders must possess a strong sense of ethical leadership. That means you must have the capacity to act with pragmatism while adhering to your code for life. As an ethical leader you must be aware of how your actions will impact others. This impact often extends beyond your immediate team and into your wider community.
To be an effective leader you must view yourself as a part of the team not above it. You must build confidence and capacity in your role and become comfortable making the “hard calls” and having the “hard conversations”. You can not be afraid of the accountability that comes from the decisions that you make in your leadership role.
Leadership is an amazing lifelong adventure that begins with leading yourself. It is an opportunity to stretch yourself and learn from your mistakes. There will be opportunities to challenge norms and pave a new path. The foundation of fundamentals that you create for yourself will allow you to take on these challenges as they appear.
It’s vital that you know your leadership development program is a lifetime effort. Although I am not a perpetual coach my part will lay the foundation to send you on your path.
Leadership is not some overnight change that happens if you listen to the right podcasts or read the right book. It is the foundations you build, time you invest, and skills you learn. By working on the skills that comprise leadership, we believe leaders can learn to make difficult decisions with integrity and clarity.
The leadership development programs that we build are customized just for you. Each leader is unique and your training path needs to enhance your potential. Only by customizing the leadership development programs, can we then build a path you have the time to take. We maximize impact by cutting work . We focus on the actions that actually create change. We consider the life you live while developing solutions to optimize your success and satisfaction.
Leadership is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. In order for you to serve as a role model, you must work to become a master of your own life.
Collaborations: Build New Leadership Strategies Together
As a leader, you are conscious of how crucial cooperation is to success. Two minds are better than one, after all. Working together allows us to draw on the collective knowledge and expertise of everyone seated at the table. Explore these collaborations to find new leadership strategies, gain new insights, and identify creative solutions.
We foster an atmosphere of trust, creativity, and mutual learning through collaboration.