A business leader invests in location, inventory, strategy, planning, skills and more but the most important investment is the leader’s investment in people, especially themselves. Barbra Ranck is helping leaders make that investment through her business, Courageously Imperfect Life Coaching, a new member of the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ranck launched the business in early spring 2020 after a career in corporate leadership and employee development. Three years earlier she had become a certified life coach, an experience that led her to evaluate her own career experiences. “I began the life coach process to add value to the work I did for my employer but through the process I began to see how I could develop my own career,” she says. “I wanted to help others derive the passion, energy and satisfaction that I was experiencing and to achieve balance in all aspects of their lives.”
Since early April, Ranck has been consulting with individuals and small groups in a variety of programs, using live streaming for personalized sessions, a delivery strategy timed perfectly with the virtual environment of the pandemic environment.
Much of her work in helping business leaders invest in themselves and in their own teams centers on the Enneagram, a nine-types model in which she is certified. Participants take an assessment to start to identify their primary approach to situations and surroundings. Ranck is working with several individuals and local organizations to share the Enneagram tool with staff.
Depending on the assessment, participants may be identified in such terms as helper or reformer or motivator or thinker or enthusiast or peacemaker. “We need all types for organizations, from businesses to associations to community projects to educational institutions to family groups, to be successful,” Ranck said. “It’s important to understand that each of us has elements of several types.”
One of the most valuable outcomes for organizations using Ranck’s consulting services is the identification of unproductive activities, especially venting. “Certainly, a little venting can be helpful and motivating, but the risk for businesses and for their people is that venting begins to take away from productive time,” she said. “A tool such as the Enneagram can allow a person to see very clearly their own personality and, when done by a group, can enable people to learn how to see each other’s perspectives very clearly by understanding each other’s personality. When we learn to see each other, we develop common ground and move away from venting and together toward goals more quickly.”
The results, she says, can be achievement not only for the individual but for the organization. “When you understand and appreciate the personalities and strengths people bring to an organization of any size or structure, you begin to understand when the group will struggle and when the group will shine. The result is satisfaction and success for everyone.”
In addition to consulting one-on-one and with small groups, Ranck has an eight-week program for young adults, also done virtually, with a goal to help both college students and adults new in careers evaluate their strengths.
Ranck can be reached at Courageously Imperfect (CI) Life Coaching at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-778-6489.
The Greater Des Moines Partnership announced #DSMlocal, an initiative to drive more investment to local small businesses in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The campaign will aim to showcase the crucial role small businesses play in DSM and inform the public about the benefits and opportunities of doing business locally — all to help small businesses thrive. The campaign builds on the successful DSM Local Challenge launched by The Partnership and Catch Des Moines that took place throughout the spring and summer and garnered more than 40 million impressions on social media.
“Supporting local businesses during this turbulent time is more than just completing a 7-day challenge,” said Meg Schneider, Executive Vice President of Business Resources and Community Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community and make DSM more vibrant, and now is a critical time to come together to support local restaurants, retailers and all local businesses during this difficult time to keep our region strong.”
The Partnership has created a DSM Local Toolkit for local businesses to utilize and promote DSM Local, including plug and play content, graphics, videos and more. There is also a series of posters and flyers with graphics for individuals and businesses to print, hang and share to support the movement.
Those interested in participating can use #DSMLocal on social media to share how they spent their money locally and lessons they have learned along the way, or promote a new favorite local shop and encourage others to support these companies. DSM Local purchases could be as easy as ordering takeout or delivery from a local restaurant, purchasing gift cards from local retailers or restaurants online or purchasing season passes to local attractions and museums.
Find more resources on The Partnership’s website and make sure to use #DSMlocal on social media.
Representatives of nonprofits, local government, schools and other organizations are encouraged to register for Grant Writing 101, which will be presented online by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Grant Writing 101 will provide hands-on training in seeking and writing successful grant applications. The program is being sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Hamilton County.
There is no fee for the workshop, but registration is required by Nov. 2. Call ISU Extension – Hamilton County at 515-832-9597 or online at https://form.jotform.com/200125145502135
Grant Writing 101 will be presented by Jane Nolan Goeken and Eric Christianson, Community and Economic Development Specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach. Both have extensive experience writing and reviewing grant applications and working with various federal, state, local and private foundation grant programs. They will assist workshop participants in exploring various public and private funding sources, and provide instruction and tips on planning projects and writing successful grant applications.
For more information about the workshops, contact Jane Goeken at email@example.com or 712-240-2504.