"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
— Mahatma Ghandi
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From the moment you meet Shannan Brown you will notice her optimitistic energy. If asked, she would quickly tell you she is an optimist yes, but also a realist.
Her energetic presence and generous nature has created strong relationships as a valued confidant and resource.
"I love to learn! With a commitment to lifelong learning, I keep going in new directions ever curious. I like to link concepts and ideas together to see a bigger picture."
Shannan recognizes that being a great coach means not just 'doing' coaching but 'being' a coach. That means living her life with purpose. That includes time for introspection about her actions and behaviours. This she believes is the first building block for inspiring leadership in others ~ leading yourself! Her method must be working, since she won the Leadership Award for her MBA class and a provincial customer service award rarely bestowed on anyone outside the tourism industry.
For years, Shannan had wanted to visit Africa. The first opportunity finally presented itself in 2008. She is now returning for her third trip. First as a volunteer and now as a development worker.
After many months of planning, she grabbed a backpack and hopped on a plane landing first in Tanzania. The journey lasted several months. She travelled from tip to tip on the continent, Cape Town to Cairo. While in Tanzania she volunteered, teaching English and working with an orphanage.
"It is difficult to explain the full impact such a trip had on me. Suffice to say, it was the best thing I ever did for myself. The learning from that trip is still unfolding many months later."
Shannan is a board member for her local Community Foundation and volunteers for various charitable events throughout the year often as an MC or auctioneer.
With a strong connection still to Africa, she has returned to do development work with women in rural Tanzania. She is also funding a small start-up business operated by a Tanzanian woman. That grocery store provides employment and a portion of its profits to development in its community.
Why Become a Coach?
She gets asked this a lot.
As an adult educator she noticed that giving students knowledge was not enough. It did not guarantee the integration of that knowledge into their lives or workplaces. She found it frustrating to see training resources lack a strong implementation thus reducing its return on investment. That is where coaching came in.
She attended an introductory coaching course that taught her a clear definition of knowledge versus motivation. She learnt that intregrating knowledge meant support and accountability. In most cases, the simple act of coaching brought about tangible change in how the trainees viewed many aspects of their lives, just not training. This opened up her whole world to bringing sustainable change for her students and now clients.
Whether consulting, training, facilitating or speaking there is always a coaching component to her work. It is the essential element to improve the retention and sustainability of desired change.
"Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about me. I encourage you to explore other pages of my website to see how we might work together."