LEADERSHIP COACH: CREATING A COMPANY CULTURE OF MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING
 

MY STORY

I ran on empty for years. 

I believed I was completely alone.

I believed no one could or should "have" to help me.

I crashed

I am three years into rebuilding my life and work from scratch.

I have 20 years of experience leading individuals, teams and organizations through strategic, operational, and cultural growth and transformation.  

I am here to help.

My mission is to step alongside you, as your mentor and guide in a safe space, as you create a road map for life and work that allows you to be fully present, clear, peaceful, and free--a life that is anchored in your own well-being so that you are able to bring your best to your family, work, community and the world.  

What is your measure of success? Career, title, income, family, influence, relationships, health?

When I crashed, I lost almost everything

With the value of hindsight, I know that my life showed "symptoms" that I was running on empty for years, long before the "crash" began. There were lots of red flags. In fact, those red flags were used to develop the Running on Empty Quiz.

I have learned that the very skills, habits and capacity that made me "successful"--my ability to endure, persist, compartmentalize, and outwork most everyone around me--became, over time, my Achilles heel. If I got sick or so tired I couldn't move, I would rest just long enough to have the energy to pull myself back up by my bootstraps and keep going. 

I didn't know what "reasonable" looked like in terms of how I worked and lived. As soon as I would start to feel better, I would return to my old habits. My team used to tell me that looking at my calendar gave them anxiety. It gave me anxiety too, but I wasn't going to admit it. Before the crash, 10, 12, 14-hour workdays were not the exception. They were the norm.

I had three children. I was the primary wage earner. I loved my job and was passionate about carrying the organization forward toward my vision of the future.

In many ways, I didn't know how to be anyone but the person who tried to do it all on her own. I was riding on a bullet train of my own creation. I could not figure out how to safely exit the train. 

When we are running on empty, we start to believe we have no options. We may even realize the way we are living and working isn't sustainable, but we have also developed tunnel vision and an inability to problem-solve on our own behalf. We cannot see a way out, so we just keep going. Until we reach a breaking point.

In the midst of the struggle we feel terribly, horribly alone. As leaders, we are acutely aware of the potential risk in admitting that we need help or that we cannot continue to live and work in the same way. Others have high expectations of us, and we set the bar there ourselves. 

Today, I know that I had options. I had choices. I didn't have to crash. I just couldn't see my way out all alone. I couldn't see that I was on a path to destruction. I couldn't proactively mitigate the risks.

You don't have to keep running on empty. You don't have to crash. 

Together, we can design a road map for life and work that allows you to be fully present, clear, peaceful, and free--a life that is anchored in your own well-being so that you are able to bring your best to your family, work, community and the world.

I am here to help.

Sound familiar? Ready to consider the possibility that you can live and work in alignment your well-being; realizing your full potential? 

 

 

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ABOUT BOOTH

Booth Andrews helps build strong, effective, resilient leaders and humans by acting as a mentor and guide through strategic coaching, consulting, educational programs and public speaking. She has 20 years of experience leading individuals, teams and organizations through strategic, operational, and cultural growth and transformation. Her multi-disciplinary, professional experience includes 10 years in commercial real estate, 6 years as the CEO of a regional non-profit, and more than 10 years of consulting in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She has been licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee since 1997. Since 2015, in addition to her independent consulting practice, Booth has been a trainer, mentor and consultant for the Alliance for Better Nonprofits and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.

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Booth has completed 3 olympic-distance triathlons, 2 half-marathons, has been a Crossfit competitor, and a fitness instructor. 

Booth's long track record of community involvement includes: City of Knoxville Industrial Development Board, Executive Women's Association, University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Women's Council, University of Tennessee at Knoxville Chancellor's Associates, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, United Way of Greater Knoxville, Nucleus Knoxville, the Alpha Delta Chapter of Sigma Kappa Corporation Board, and the University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Advisory Council. Booth is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2006, was named to the Inaugural Class of '40 Under 40' by the Knoxville Business Journal in 2007, and was a 2012 Finalist for the YWCA's Tribute to Women.

Booth has three children who are her heart, and she loves fresh flowers, riding her road bike, swimming, naps, screened in porches, and lifting heavy things.