19- Driving Employee Engagement with Lisa Barrington
In high school, Lisa’s friends relied on her (and referred to her) as their therapist. Her undergraduate degree focused on human resources. She worked on global employee engagement projects while employed by American Express. Lisa led the roll out of leadership coaching programs at Arizona State University before they were widely accepted practice. She focused her master’s thesis on employee satisfaction. It’s easy to see why her level of empathy, compassion for others, and trust-building capacity is so robust now. Her knowledge of what it takes to engage people is incredible. She can harnesses her unique blend of business and psychology education, plus vast experiences, to help organizations foster leadership effectiveness.
Lisa has an uncanny ability to connect with those she serves. She uses a strengths-based approach, and positive psychology, to engaging her clients. Through customized coaching, she is able to help leaders through change, build their confidence, and support them as the deepen their most important relationships. Like me, Lisa tends towards introversion (we love our quiet time!), but she’s keenly aware of the power of nurturing relationships long-term. Sometimes, we just never know how we’ve impacted someone else.
Her clients often struggle with changing careers, not making enough time for self care, and they’ve been asked to work with a coach and aren’t sure why. With these folks, Lisa is direct, yet compassionate. She often refers clients to Marcus Buckingham’s book, StandOut; Patrick Lencioni’s, The Advantage; Brene Brown’s books and TED Talks; Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk; Adam Grant’s podcast WorkLife; Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert; futurist Joel Barker’s works; and Stewart Cooper & Coon’s podcast.
Lisa’s work has been published in Forbes Online and The Association for Talent Development and her thoughts on the workplace have appeared in various outlets including the Associated Press, US News and World Report, CNBC, Zenefits, and Fast Company. She is a doctoral candidate, currently completing the dissertation requirements for a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management. She is a certified coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation as well as a Board Certified Coach (BCC); certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute; and a Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resources (SHRM).