We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Sharon Lamm-Hartman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Sharon, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
After graduating with my Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, I took a corporate job at ARCO for six years and received incredible Human Resources and international training and development experience. I also got to work with 2 incredible mentors – Libbi Lepow and Ed Petka – who truly taught me so much about the field of training and Organization Development. I don’t think I ever laughed more at a job than when the three of us worked together. However, at about the 5th year mark, I started to get called to deepen my education and go for my Doctorate Degree in Leadership and Organization Development. I was accepted into a Doctorate program at Columbia University that allowed me to attend one weekend a month and three weeks in the summer. Other than that, everything was virtual, so I was still able to work part-time at ARCO. As I met incredible fellow students and faculty, they started to offer me work – amazing work like at GE’s Leadership Development Center in Crontonville. I loved this opportunity, and some of the consultants who I hired at ARCO asked me to help them on consulting projects. The offers I was receiving for consulting work allowed me to work much less for much more pay, so I left ARCO and started my own business. I was very fortunate to have so many clients in my first year of business because of my fellow students at Columbia University as well as consultants I had hired at ARCO. Once I ran my own business, I never looked back. My father was scared for me because he liked the security of a big company behind me. I loved the excitement of building and running a business. Later, I found an 8th grade essay I had written about my dream job, and I wrote about being an entrepreneur and running my own business. Even in 8th grade I said, I don’t want to work for anyone else. I guess entrepreneurship is in my DNA. I love it.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets us apart? Our foundation is an award-winning model that shows how to facilitate transformation in leadership and professional training programs. We received the prestigious Center for Creative Leadership Walter Ulmer Award for my dissertation research. We use this model as a foundation for every program we design and deliver from coaching to unconscious bias, to authentic presence and presentation skills to leadership team off-sites, to change management or developing a coaching culture. This is why our brand statement is transformative learning that lasts. We help to identify and change mindsets and behaviors so our clients can achieve exceptional results like winning billions in new business, achieving an 80% promotion rate, becoming a high performing team, or developing your desired culture. We also have been featured in prominent publications like The New York Times, Oprah “O” Magazine, MORE Magazine, etc. We have 35+ consultants worldwide and 6 employees. All of our consultants have outstanding experience from Ivy League education to practical VP Fortune 50 experience or 20+ years of experience. I got to where I am today through perseverance and commitment. It was not easy – I have swam with some of the best and most deadliest sharks and survived! I have walked through challenging experiences and hardships from my son’s severe asthma, to consultants trying to steal clients for themselves, to people badmouthing me out of jealousy and even being supeaoned because one of my clients wanted information on another client. I am proud to say that the grit my parents instilled in me is what got me through experiences like this, and made me even stronger. Lessons – the key is to stay centered in the good times and the bad – don’t let your ego throw you off in the good times or your insecurity get the best of you in the bad times. Stay centered and trust in your God given gifts and talents – have faith and trust and persevere. Like a diamond I feel after 20 years in business, we are the strongest we have ever been. Transformative learning that lasts! Our clients often say I still use what I learned in your program today (and that is years and years after the program), and many say “I found my authentic self.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well all of my friends love hiking – and we would go to some of the most beautiful hiking trails from Cave Creek’s Spur Cross, to Sedona’s red rocks and Oak Creek Canyon. We would eat spicy ethnic food like Indian and Thai as well as finer dining like Tonto Bar and Grill and Mariposa in Sedona. In addition we might head up to Antelope Canyon in Paige Arizona. We would hang out at cool wine bars, or at our resort. And of course a visit would not be complete without a spa day! Whenever we actually can do spa treatments safely again. We would meet up with some of my best friends and would love to meet Richard Branson some day! To top off the trip we would spend 3 days at least at the Grand Mayan in Puerto Penasco and walk for miles and miles on the beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many – I have worked at the Center for Creative Leadership and CCL’s research shows that women develop most through supportive relationships where men develop most through challenging job assignments. I am involved in several women’s organizations. The one I want to Shout Out in this series is WBENC and Lisa Rehurek who referred me to Shoutout. I love my WBENC sisters and I am so grateful to be a WBENC certified business. I am also in the KNOW book and tribe and WPO and I love them. Sarah Benken CEO of KNOW is simply amazing. My WPO sisters are dear friends and mentors and we have a great time together. Without my support system, I could not have the level of success I have. I am grateful for them all.
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