Born for business, baby.
I happily live at the intersection of business and psychology.
This intriguing intersection is familiar territory for me because I was born and raised there - “there” being small town New England in an iconic Cape Cod house sustained by family businesses.
Innovation and hard work infused our family values. My mother’s family owned a mammoth mill that provided grain to New England farmers in the original farm to table movement. My father’s family was a successful bedding manufacturer, and my grandmother was an interior designer with a workroom and vibrant storefront – a keen business woman ahead of her time.
As a kid, I preferred sewing fabric to milling grain or springing beds, so I spent many industrious afternoons in my grandmother’s workroom making things and mingling with the workers. (I once co-opted the seamstresses into sewing a line of Barbie clothes that I’d designed to sell, but that’s another story…)
Enveloped by old fashioned Yankee knowhow, my business savvy blossomed and so did my commitment to people, processes, and profits in the world of trade. I helped the workers streamline production flow and lobbied for better lighting and more comfortable chairs for them. I tried out on employer-employee communication troubles the relationship wisdom I gleaned from women’s magazines. And, during the holidays, I loved handing out bonus checks and plump turkeys to celebrate a profitable year and jobs well done.