Mark Cuban is right, "Follow your passion is easily the worst advice you could ever give, or get." Try telling that to a high school graduate passionate about becoming an actor...but who just won a state championship speakers contest.
Ironically, that's what led me to change management. While pursuing an acting career, I found my way to a struggling theatre in Venice, California and took a job as the Managing Director. The turn-around efforts I led there have worked to keep this theatre thriving ever since. That early success led to more opportunities and soon I left the arts behind and started my own business.
I've helped numerous organizations through a host of improvement initiatives. The key to successful and enduring organizational change is helping the individuals within the organization to adapt. Funny thing is, the more I helped people manage change, the more passionate I became about personal development (see where I'm going with this?).
Then my life caught up with me. In 2009--the height of the "Great Recession"--I found myself buried in debt. I faced professional challenges and personal tragedy. My life was in turmoil and I was in despair. This time, it was me who needed to change. I took the lessons I'd learned from helping organizations, applied them to my own self-improvement and transformed my life. Today I am debt free, started a transformative products and services company, and am dedicated to helping people manage change in their personal lives. I am in a healthy relationship and became a first time father...at age 50.
My passion for personal development grew from my experience in change management. I followed the work and allowed my passion to develop from doing it. And that is what ultimately led me back to the speaking career I could have pursued out of high school. But it is the lessons from my personal transformation that inspire me to help others in ways I can only do now.
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Bruce Lee Whitney
Author / Speaker / Enrepreneur
Thank you for visiting and welcome to The Biggest Room of All--the room for improvement. Drawing on my knowledge and experience in change management, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotional intelligence and adult learning theory, I develop transformative programs and products. Wait. What? Transformative learning is the process through which transformational change happens. And change is difficult for a reason.
We are hard wired to depend on stability and consistency for safety, which develops our expectations for the way things should be. Our expectations are challenged when we undergo change, and we naturally feel threatened. The greater the difference between your expectations and what you perceive to be different in the way things are, the greater stress you will experience to change. And improvement is change. I help people manage their expectations and alleviate the stress of change, in order to improve, reach goals and unlock their full potential to achieve success and fulfillment.
Transformative learning is learning that transforms problematic frames of reference—sets of fixed assumptions and expectations (habits of mind, meaning perspectives, mindsets)—to make them more inclusive, discriminating, open, reflective, and emotionally able to change. Such frames of reference are better than others because they are more likely to generate beliefs and opinions that will prove more true or justified to guide action.
As an intrepid explorer of the tools, resources and strategies that improve businesses and people's lives, I champion change ability to help people reach their full potential.