Barbara Greene RESILIENCE COACH PHOTOGRAPHY BY LARRY CRAWFORD
t is rare to meet someone who can help anyone transition and grow in their career with ease. Here is one—meet Barbara Greene. Today her job is to help accelerate people getting to where they need to be, faster than if they had to do it alone. Barbara encourages others to drop the stereotyping that might keep a young person from risking an entrepreneurial venture or a senior citizen from a drastic career move to another ķ´ä®Ȋĉ/òĔë®´ąë®"TòÄ0ą´´ë´ɕĉĉò¨Ôď´ĉȅ6ë¨Ȋȅą§ą has seen enough to know anything is possible. She has written for the iââĆéâËéċĀËâ³ĀĀAéċüâÛ, co-authored the n³ĠĀAé§4ċâĆ³üŦĀ0ċË³, and frequently speaks to local corporations and professional organizations, including the National Society of Hispanic MBAs Association, Young Professionals Group, and the US/China Symposium.
She said, “There's an internal drive of excellence and an internal drive of helping others to be the best that they can be, whether that's an organization or individuals within that òąÅëÔİďÔòëȊȥ4´ą¨äÔ´ëďĉÔë¨äĔ®´´ĩ´¨ĔďÔģ´ĉȅëòëĂąòķďòąÅëÔzations, and businesses of all sizes. Barbara uses her credentials ĉ¨´ąďÔķ´®¨ò¨ÒĤÔďÒêĉď´ąȧĉ®´Åą´´ďòÄò¨ĔĉòëĉĔ¨¨´ĉsion planning, career growth and transition, mentoring, and coaching. After an early career in childhood education, she has transitioned her own career into one of teaching adults, and in the process, has grown into an equity relationship with Career Partners International. How does one get here from there? Barbara told us it involves needs assessments, creativity, good communication skills, networking, and partnerships. She shared some of the successes she has had along the way: A 99% referral rate from ¨äÔ´ëď¨òêĂëÔ´ĉȘĉòê´/òąďĔë´ǺǵșȅLTȧĉ"ëďą´Ăą´ë´ĔąÔä Spirit Award as Mentor of the Year, the iââĆéâËéċĀËâ³ĀĀ AéċüâÛŦĀ Mentoring Leadership Enterprise Award, and the Texas Council’s DiversityFIRST Leadership Award. One of her most challenging projects was the closure of the local plant of a major international manufacturing company that involved the career transitioning of 765 employees—line workers to PhD engineers to executives. With a six-month notice of the closure, Barbara and her team were able to help 89% òÄďÒ´ĉ´´êĂäòĪ´´ĉķë®ë´ĤĤòąáòą´®Ĕ¨ďÔòëäÄĔë®ÔëÅďò prepare for new careers, all within ninety days of the closure. That led to a repeat performance with the same company at its New York facility. Perhaps most inspirational, however, are Barbara’s contri§ĔďÔòëĉďòëòëĂąòķďòąÅëÔİďÔòëĉÔëiëëďòëÔòȅÔë¨äĔ®ÔëÅ the American Society for Training and Development, the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, Texas Diversity Council, and the THRU Project. She is also a leader of the 2017 City Year recognition event. Our last question for Barbara: What’s on your nightstand? What book are you currently reading? “ÉĆ0éĆéċ4³ü³éâŦĆ0³ĆéċnÉ³ü³, by Marshall Goldsmith.” Barbara Greene is a resilience coach, and hanging from her neck is a powerful whistle.
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