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Why lighthouses?

I have always been fascinated by lighthouses.

And, now, I live in a home in Mukilteo, WA where I can see the one pictured on the home page of the Getting2Transformation website from our deck! Completed in 1906, the Mukilteo Lighthouse makes me smile whenever I spot it, whether it is during the day or as it serves as a beacon in the dark.

According to Wikipedia, “A lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and to serve as a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways. Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs and safe entries to harbors; they also assist in aerial navigation.”

Lighthouses seem to me an apt metaphor for the work I do.

As a Board Director, I work to assist executives as they seek safe opportunities for sailing, while avoiding dangerous hazards. I help them dream of new seas to explore while ensuring they have the right captain and crew to get them from here to there.

As a Keynote Speaker, workshop leader and adjunct faculty person, one of my great joys is shining a light on new ways of thinking and acting, especially as organizational leaders in companies, not-for-profit agencies or faith communities need to adapt to rapidly changing waters.

And, as an Interim Executive, my goal is not to do the work of the captain of the ship, but to assist with navigation as the organization transitions from one leader to another. This often requires being a temporary leader, working with key stakeholders to determine priorities for action. This often includes making and implementing difficult decisions that won’t be popular but are essential to build a foundation for a sustainable and dynamic future.

If your company, church or other not-for-profit organization needs someone to help light the way through one of these roles, I would be delighted to hear from you and talk about how my expertise might assist you. Just complete the Connect form.