The Archetype Alchemist brand rests on four pillars.
Creativity, compassion, collaboration, and confidence.
For the past three decades of my teaching, legal, and coaching careers I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with many smart and talented women, often in a team setting.
At a certain point in my corporate career, however, I had a few experiences with teams that didn’t work so well. One very obvious thing that all of these teams had in common is that they were all-female teams. As a life-long learner, I wanted to find out what went wrong in these teams, apart from the surface-level ‘mean- girls’ explanation.
I compared my own experiences with other female leaders, colleagues, and friends. As I spoke to other women, slowly a pattern began to emerge. Smart and talented women reported being able to work with each other well in one on one situations. Even when they weren’t a natural fit, their professionalism took precedence. However, something often went pear-shaped when the very same women were placed into larger teams. This was especially so in organizations with a culture of fear, intimidation and where people were afraid to make mistakes.
These problems were present by smart, professional women who were confident in their abilities as individuals. Delving deeper, I found four values that were present when relationships, communication, and team performance worked and were absent when they didn’t.
Every example of great relationships, connection, and team effectiveness contained the same four values that were missing in situations where the connection was strained. My research revealed that our relationships with other women suffer when we forget:
1. how to understand each other- compassion,
2. how to authentically work together – collaboration
3. how to be secure in our own unique talents and abilities– confidence.
4. that we have an innate need for self-expression– creativity
The idea for the Archetype Alchemist Energy Series slowly took shape as I worked outward from these core values. Common themes began to emerge around our ability to be kind to ourselves and others, our self-image and our perception of our own value in relation to other women, our willingness to be supportive of other women, and how all of this was linked to our creative need for self-expression. I believe that when these values are embodied in a team, that the culture of a company can also be positively affected.
In the Archetype Alchemist Energy Academy, you will learn how to embody these values through a series of tested and proven practices. I invite you to join me in creating a world in which smart, talented, and creative women enjoy mutually satisfying, supportive, and secure personal and professional relationships in a supportive culture that they create themselves.