I mentor you to
Create a Better
I mentor you to
Create a Better
I mentor you to
Create a Better
Private Sessions or Group Mentoring
help you build skills while moving towards your goals
I start by mentoring you to create a “Big Vision” that captures what matters to you and the specific results you want to achieve — this is your compass. It helps you stay focused on your goal, no matter what else changes.
From there, we work through a series of thought-provoking questions, which you may not be able to answer on the spot. You may need to reflect and arrive at clarity over time. I will share my insights with you to help this along.
I provide you with web-apps for “Big Vision” that help you capture and develop your ideas. You can save and print your Big Vision, so you can look back at how your concept evolved, and confirm that your decisions are right.
We Go Over the Steps
We walk you through what to do, insights, tips.
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You Reflect and Create
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We Clarify and Continue
We check progress and walk you through next steps.
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What People Say About
my mentoring, workshops and consulting
Below are excerpts from client references over the years. Clients ranged from individuals transforming their lives to business and government transforming their services, organizations and industries.
Create a Better Life
To create a “Better Life” you must be able to achieve personal growth, acquire new skills, develop your work and career, and attain self-sufficiency and work-life balance. “Life” level sessions mentor people in the insights and skills to achieve these ideals. Following are participant comments:
This Workshop participant gained critical skills for life and success.
“Before your course, nobody taught me to think so clearly. This is saying a lot, because my MBA is business management. I now have the ability to make decisions quickly, and know what to do to get to my goal. Now, without trying, I can create success. You have made it simple.”
This participant found that skills learned in the workshop were lasting.
“It has been a year, and I am still using what you taught me. There is no effort in doing things the right way. What you showed me triggered a natural, effortless change for me. I don’t have to work at trying to change. It just happens easily. I think everyone should take this course.”
This participant applied his new skills to his golf game, and won a golf trophy.
“By the time I finished the session, I had a better sense of where I was. Many years of thoughts, ideas, emotions, previously scattered, were rearranged in a meaningful way. I deal effectively with problems that in the past might have been mishandled because of an incorrect diagnosis in the first place.”
This participant gained new skills in clarity, decision-making and execution.
“The most noticeable change for me is focus on what I am doing and where I am going. I am able to evaluate situations from a different perspective, make faster decisions, waste less time and stay on target. You have connected the dots in my brain. This course would be beneficial for anyone.”
This participant gained focus, direction and confidence in handling change.
“My thinking and capabilities have expanded far beyond anything I expected. I take a broader view and can project myself into the future. I have a clear sense of how to deal with change. I can see what’s coming for the next 10 years and plan for it. I would recommend this program to anyone.”
Student participants gained experience and skills for achieving Life goals.
“This committee brought together students with Vivian as chair. Vivian displayed an uncanny ability to ask the right questions and pinpoint the heart of a problem. Some of the questions she asked puzzled me. In retrospect, the answers and their timing were crucial to the successful outcome.”
Students developed ideas and achieved a goal they had not attempted before.
“We had no idea what to do. What stood out about Vivian was how easily she focused us and drew from us ideas and great solutions we did not even realize we had. She consistently guided us to peak performance and creativity. Best of all, she made the whole process stress-free, fun and exciting.”
Create a Better Business
“Business” spans small to global enterprises as well as public service administration. To create a “Better Business” you must be able to describe precisely the problems that your business initiative will solve as well as the key to solving each problem. Following are comments from business clients:
Guided a law firm to design innovative services for a large partner institution.
“Vivian accomplished in days what we could not have accomplished in months. Most outstanding was her capacity to make decisions with speed and accuracy. She demonstrated a remarkable ability to ask questions that created instant clarity. Our endorsement for Vivian could not be stronger.”
Mentored entrepreneurs to create innovative business models.
“Vivian’s advice constantly reveals rare business insights. She has a breakthrough understanding of how to construct businesses for the new economy. She is exceptionally innovative, and very fast at problem solving. I believe Vivian would create value for any business far beyond their expectations.”
Guided an investment firm president to restructure a portfolio of companies.
“Vivian’s work is outstanding. Most extraordinary is her ability to size up any situation within seconds, pinpoint the core of the problem, invent an effective and ingenious solution on the spot, then direct others to execute it in a simple way. Vivian’s work far surpassed all of the Company’s expectations.”
Guided an executive to design a strategy for revitalizing the business.
“Vivian has an astounding ability to cut through volumes of information to pinpoint the heart of a problem in minutes. Her advice is shrewd, innovative, and easy to implement. Problems that seem insurmountable are solved quickly, simply and effectively. I strongly recommend Vivian without hesitation.”
Guided a banking client to assess a full operation and system transformation.
“Vivian has deep knowledge across all areas [of a transformation] and knows how the pieces of a complex initiative have to come together. Her straight talk was instrumental in helping us solve the issues. Vivian delivered lasting value. I am pleased to refer her with my highest commendation.”
Create a Better World
“World” refers to initiatives that involve people, businesses, government, the economy and society in a geographical or virtual location. To create a “Better World” one must address the needs of all involved, and not just the needs of some. Following are comments from public sector initiatives:
Guided an industry regulator to design province-wide service innovation.
“Vivian has an exceptional ability to shape ideas into innovative strategies, and create plans that are simple to execute. She has the power to focus strong personalities at the executive level and achieve the goal with no time wasted. I highly recommend Vivian without reservation.”
Transformed 20+ labs in 6+ institutions into a world class genomics cluster.
“Vivian won the collaboration of project teams, steered us through financial and logistical challenges (including a 50% funding shortfall), and guided projects to achieve world leadership in their fields. Vivian has made a significant contribution that we will build upon for many years.”
Guided 5 regions to create a province-wide health system standard.
“Achieving consistency was a challenge as the health authorities had unique obstacles to overcome. Vivian framed a guideline that allowed for differences in execution while adhering to a standard. The result was a joint recommendation supported by all Committee members.”
Guided 11 colleges to co-create an innovative award-winning program.
“Vivian exceeded [selection] criteria by impressive margins. Her extensive experience, creativity and flexibility have been evident from the first day. Working closely with Vivian has been an exceptional learning experience. She contributed far beyond what could normally be expected.”
Guided a Ministry and partner to innovate and transform services.
“This challenging business model required the partners to merge significantly different practices, policies, processes and infrastructure. The detail seemed insurmountable. Vivian guided us to address critical details, facilitate solutions, and achieve deliverables on time.”
What is your Big Vision?
Are you on track to achieve it?
It is not always easy to achieve your goals and dreams on your own. Often, you need the insight of a mentor who has guided others to success, and can use their experience to help you progress meaningfully on your Journey.
The Work Tool is the first of a set of 3 apps. It helps you gather your ideas and clarify what you are trying to create. It develops a picture of your goal and the direction you must take to get there. It guides you to reflect on, clarify and aim for what you really need to achieve.
This app focuses on creating, while aiming precisely for your goal. It encourages ideas to emerge through reflection rather than concentration. When using this app, do not analyze or plan. Just capture your ideas without trying to perfect them — you will refine them as you go.
The Check List is the second of the set of 3 apps. It helps you check, test and refine your ideas. It prompts you to look deeper into your ideas, and address considerations that did not occur to you initially. You may find yourself going back to refine your ideas in the Work Tool as well.
This app helps you create a realistic picture of your goal. Try to answer its questions as honestly as possible. It is guiding you to look at decisions that are essential to success. This will help you refine your ideas into a concept that you can achieve, while still producing the results that matter to you.
The Score Card is the third of the set of 3 apps. It helps you assess the accuracy and consistency of your picture. It shows you where to hone in to improve your chances for success. You can use this app from the start, or you can wait until your ideas refine into a clear picture with few gaps.
This app assesses your readiness to achieve your goal. On each question, a GREEN score (9 or more) tells you that your ideas are consistent. A RED score (below 3) indicates lack of clarity. The feedback for each question suggests where to reflect deeper, or confirms what you are doing well.