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.