I'm Shannon Post - I'm a executive coach, leadership & career mentor.
Blue suits and conformity were perfect in the last era, but the needs of leadership have changed.
When I started in management, this new leadership style was called rule-breaking, unconventional, and disruptive (but not in a good way).
These days it's the new standard.
Everything is changing,
even WHO is considered an "executive" or leadership has changed.
Not that long ago, my unconventional leadership philosophy
"We Are All Leaders"
was disregarded as Pollyanna, despite my consistent ability to create high-performing teams with the very same people marked "not leadership material" and tagged for dismissal.
I preferred the correct term "hidden talent."
Everyone is leadership material.
Anyone can learn to lead.
And whether you realize it or not, somewhere in your life,
you hold a leadership position.
My wide professional experience makes me a unique resource for real-world industry advice - I'm someone who's been there.
I've received top honors at the University of Montana and studied at the University of Virginia and Stanford University.
I've been certified by Kathy Kolbe, a leading authority on human instinct, and Dr. Martha Beck, a Harvard educated sociologist specializing in human behavior.
I started my professional career in New York City where I sang professionally for nearly a decade - so I understand cut throat nature of competition and was fortunate to work under the music industries greatest leaders.
I sang regularly at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal, and St. John the Divine.
I had the honor of performing many times with the New York City Philharmonic and with many of the world's most renowned conductors and musicians including Kurt Masur, Renée Fleming, and Paul McCartney.
I also worked at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street. This is where I learned what high stakes and the bottom line really meant. It's also where I started my formal leadership training.
It was some of the best real world corporate experience I could ask for. I'd held leadership positions all my life, but this is the first time I had formal training and really began to understand how and why good leadership worked (and didn't) and how to bring out the best in people.
And as good as my life was in New York, I was unhappy.
I was following, not leading.
I was following the cultural rules, and I craved something more authentic.
It was time to stop fulfilling someone else's plan for me - and
live my own dream.
So I took a leap, and moved to Alaska.
Two months later, I was living a life-long dream. I flew up for a summer job to work for a dog mushing company on a glacier in Alaska and I've been here ever since.
Alaska has been a never ending, authentic love affair.
I trained dog teams for a top Iditarod musher and led a critical program turnaround for the race itself, learning a different kind of toughness and leadership.
When I decided to shift back to IT, I quickly became the youngest and first female CIO over technology for the local government leading another turnaround for a department on the brink of disaster and led one of the largest geospatial mapping project in the state.
I am well known for my ability to wholistically bring chaos into order.
I understand the inner struggle of authentic, innovative, disruptive leadership because I've lived it and studied it for so many years.
Finding the delicate balance between...
...disruption and destruction
...taking care of yourself and taking care of business
...owning who you are and doing what's required
...and of using your natural strengths and bringing out the strengths of others.
Disruptive leadership is challenging.
The rules aren't cut and dry and it's largely uncharted territory.
It's more like bushwacking up an unknown mountain than commuting on the six-lane freeway with a latte.
You might be building your first company or leading a movement.
You may be the first of your kind in your role or aspiring to a top level position to bring about global change.
Whatever it is, disruptive leadership will be some of the most challenging and rewarding work you'll ever do.
It will push you to become more -
to become the best version of yourself possible.
You'll create something totally new in the world, and in yourself.
What I've found about the most effective disruptive leaders is...
they've learned how to get calm in chaotic situations
so they can bring out the best in themselves and others
as the lead others through change.
It's a skill you can learn.
And it's my gift to you.
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"You're not a conventional coach/counselor/advisor and that's awesome because traditional, weirdly, has not worked for me. (I say weirdly because I guess I always thought it would/should). All the exercises we did, the homework, the journaling, it was all way different than what I might have expected from a traditional coach - and the continual, gentle permission to need what I need and be what I am." - M.W.
"I think that, most likely, I would've given up on my dream career had it not been for the work we did." - K.H.
"I feel I have a better awareness of my OWN strength’s and how I operate. I’m also able to identify other’s strengths which makes it easier for me to communicate with them. I don’t waste time on trying to force myself to learn or complete things in a fashion that is difficult for me." - Anon