Physical proximity between leaders and employees isn’t always feasible
but mental and emotional proximity is essential.

Executive Coaching

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Get rid of the barriers that hold you back and develop the self-awareness to uncover who you are and what you want so you can lead with confidence, certainty and authenticity.

Executive Consulting

My commitment is to help your business achieve its utmost potential by developing your most important asset - your people.

Lead and develop a great team.
Dialogue: The Art of Conversation.
Leadership Development:
Bring out the true potential in others.
Create experiences to create and build culture and bring your team together (Retreats).
Executive Assessment Hire the right people.
Relationship Audits: Get to know your clients.

Inner Work

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Therapy, Counseling, & Spiritual direction

Whether it's deeper therapy to deal with long standing issues, counseling for transitions and other life issues or spiritual direction to find more meaning in your life, we will work together to investigate who you are, what you love to do and how you love to be.

Results

Often in business, we don’t see the results of our decisions for many years. My experience applying this process as I work with executive teams demonstrates conclusively and measurably to better collaboration, more meaningful professional relationships, more reasons to get out of bed and come to work in the morning – and a more profitable and successful business.

“You have been so helpful to us in all aspects of our lives! I want you to know that your imprint on our business and our family and on me will last a lifetime and generations. You are one of those people that I know has made a huge impact on who I am and how I have grown and will grow. In particular you supported our decision to start our own wealth management business and follow my passion and dream, our ability to hire good people, to help us raise good kids, grow our business from 0 to over 60 clients, reduce my perfectionism, learn to savor our success. In short you have helped me be a better advisor and leader.”

Ray Gilmour
Trellis Advisors, LLC

How to get a newly-formed leadership team to perform at its best potential? With Dr. Judy Kennedy’s guidance, we learned to have a dialogue to avoid jumping into solution mode; we practiced understand each other’s opinion to mitigate and resolve conflicts; we revisited the team’s purposes frequently to ensure we focus on what we can influence. Judy helped us think deeper before we act, and the resulting new viewpoint often led us to the necessary next step. Working with Judy this past year brought our team closer while meeting several performance milestones. Her approach is not the typical leadership workshops with a heavy dose of information; she is a partner who can help you evolve to a better leader and a better person from within, if you are willing.

Jean Shieh
Codexis, Inc.

“I was blessed to work with Judy Kennedy for about a year as part of a leadership development group at KPFF Consulting Engineers. To be honest, I went into it with skepticism, wondering how half days in a “Dialogue” setting could be a good use of time.  Judy is very special—she models and thereby teaches mindfulness—in work, relationships, and in our lives. All the things I thought I knew about effectiveness turned out to be the thinnest layer of paint compared to the deeper lessons Judy taught. I remain deeply thankful for having had the chance to work with her.”

Stephanie MacLachlan

“Working with Judy, I have learned how my personality shapes and affects my management style. With this knowledge, I have become a better leader by building upon my strengths and improving on my weaknesses. I am a much better leader and manager and my staff is happier as a result of working with Judy.”

David McMullen, Principal, KPFF
Consulting Engineers

“Judy was referred to us to help solve a partner conflict issue that could have blown the partnership apart.  After a few meetings, she suggested that we might want to work on changing the Firm’s culture as well as resolving the partner conflicts.  She was extremely helpful in accomplishing both.  As much as 10 years after we finished, and even after I retired, I get emails and comments from employees and former employees about how the Firm changed their lives and what a wonderful place it was to work.  Thank you, Judy, for helping make the Firm a wonderful place to work.”

John Crutcher
Kueckelhan, Crutcher & Co., CPAs

“Medical organizations are in a particular time of stress, and in my experience, have not spent much productive time in reflecting on how that stress manifests and how it can be managed. Working with Judy enables an ongoing dialogue which can change how things get  done. It is these things, especially, in complex and technical environments that can make a critical difference.  Her insight, perception, and willingness to listen and engage, allows her to work with companies, boards, leaders in a way that opens them to new possibilities, new ways of thinking, new ways of working that develops new levels of energy and performance. It is remarkable to witness her work with teams to enable them to discover their commons strengths, understand their vulnerabilities, and find working solutions to the dynamics of humans engaged in common enterprise”

Ricord B. Winstead, MD  FAAFP
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What I care About

True leaders radiate presence. Helping good leaders develop their own innate presence is central to my work. I don’t mean charisma but presence that comes from authenticity, character and earned authority.

It has been my passion over the last 25 years to tell the truth to leaders and to help bring out the essential qualities of leadership, to part the curtain of indifference that falls between us and that blinds us to each other’s presence.

Steady on

Resiliency is yours, if you claim it. Even though It keeps going, the uncertainty, the confusion, the relentless nature of this virus and the disruption all around, you can do this. As you may be feeling now, at some point enough is enough. Its time to make your own ground, a steadiness that is your…

Insights

Musings, thoughts, resources for you.

Meditation and studying mindfulness may be one of the most important things you can do for your self and your life.

Your inner growth is completely dependent upon the realization that the only way to find peace and contentment is to stop thinking about yourself. You’re ready to grow when you finally realize that the “I” who is always talking inside will never be content. It always has a problem with something. Honestly, when was the last time you really had nothing bothering you? Before you had your current problem, there was a different problem. And if you’re wise, you will realize that after this one’s gone, there will be another one.Singer, Michael A

The wisdom this author suggests rests on the idea that we suffer because we are so attached the “self” Meditation is the way to train your mind to watch what is happening in your your inner world and to figure out who really is talking.

Poetry can be a solace. The pandemic has created a weariness that is deeply felt by most of us. Poetry can bring comfort and bring a different lens with which to view life. For example:

The Peace of Wild Things By Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light.
For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
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Books worth reading: (note: many people sort of apologize for listening to books rather than reading. An new study out suggests that actually listening may be just as good as reading if not better). The point is to be open, be curious about expanding your mind and your point of view.

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