The Collaborative No. 26
Today we are featuring Everyday Visionary Ann Ranson a Transformation Coach, Speaker, Consultant and purveyor of tea.
The first thing that people notice about Ann Ranson is her calmness and it is this calmness that allows her to balance empathy and strategic thinking. Her work revolves around people and the ecology of how decisions effect the whole system. It is more than working with organizational leaders to design strategies to achieve the company goals. She has a holistic approach that views the organization and it's people as a living, breathing organism. Ann creates a framework that integrates values and trust at the strategic level.
Ann is also an accredited facilitator of the Transformation Game. The Transformation Game is more than an interactive board game. It is a tool for self discovery. Ann facilitates the game in such a way that the "players" feel safe to go deep and explore a life transformed. It is a creative way to move through blocks, gain clarity, let go of old patterns and enhance relationships.
Anyone who visits Ann at her office is offered a cup of freshly brewed tea. It is a beautiful ritual that she is reviving in a very special way. Having a cup of tea allows us to slow down be in the moment. There is something very civil and centering about a teapot and a cup and saucer.
Change is going to happen whether you intend it or not. Ann offers a gentle way to intentionally adjust your path.
You can try Ann's custom blends at By The Grace of Tea.
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- Where do you currently work?
- What is your current role?
Speaker, Consultant, Tea Purveyor and Transformation Coach
- How would you describe to a child what you do for a living?
I help businesses and people grow.
- What do you hope you have a reputation for as a professional?
Authentic and skilled support and processes
- What is an accomplishment from your career that meant the world to you?
Getting certified as an Advanced Transformation Game facilitator and coach.
- What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve had to learn the hard way in your career?
You have to invest in your company - don't try it on a shoe string.
- What are some of your go-to sources of inspiration and staying on top of emerging trends that impact your field or industry?
Science of Mind Magazine; Seth Godin blog; Hay House; Washington Post and NY Times
- What is something you need in your work environment in order to thrive in your role?
Less clutter avoids too many distractions and having a plan makes my efforts more productive.
- What you envision for your customers/clients/stakeholders/ patients/citizens/students, etc.?
Happier, more rewarding life and career. People who are more focused on what they truly want vs. chasing the next bright, shiny object.
- What is one of the biggest challenges you are facing or trying to solve right now?
Reaching the people who are interested in healing old stuff, or discovering what's in them that needs expressing.
- When and where do you tend to get your ideas?
When I slow down, get quiet and listen.
- What are three of your favorite books?
Power Through Constructive Thinking by Emmet Fox
The Game of Life by Florence Scovel Shinn
Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Don Clifton
- What’s one of your favorite non-profits?
- If you could collaborate with any group or individual in the world, who would be your top three picks?
The Shift Network
- What would you want to collaborate on with the people/groups you just mentioned?
How to expand the impact gained from the Transformation Game.
- If you were invited to give a TED Talk (or have given one), what would you speak about?
Past TEDx SMU talks on aging. A new topic I'd like to share at TED would be on urging people to take their power back by engaging in the political process: voting, researching and support aligned candidates, advocacy on issues, etc.
- How do you unwind at the end of a stressful day?
Get quiet. Enjoy a nice cup of tea. Watch TV.
- What do you think your 80-year-old self would tell you right now?
Relax and enjoy the ride!
- What do you think your 10-year-old self would be most impressed with about your life right now?
That I'm finally learning that my heart staying open is worth any pain it might experience.
- What does your creative process entail when you're doing what you do best?
It flows. One idea after another just seem to download in a thoughtful way.
- Is there anything particularly compelling that you want us to know that we didn't ask?
We all have power to make a difference.