Career coach Rhonda Hight has the right formula to give your workplace a boost

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Rhonda C. Hight, RCC
Owner, Let’s Talk LLC

What inspires you to go work every day?
The source of my inspiration has changed over the years. Initially, it was making enough money to keep the lights on. At another point, it was a fierce desire to avoid returning to corporate America; now it’s about doing good deeds. Making a difference in the lives of the individuals I interact [with] and sometimes connect [with] during the course of my work; and doing it in a way that satisfies my need to be productive, and proud of how I do what I do.

How did you determine your career path?
My career path was chosen for me. Bishop T.D. Jakes calls it falling into the place. That sounds simplistic, but it’s deep on so many levels. A decision to join a Toastmasters club hosted by my former employer gave birth to my career path. I found my gift, and support for my gift … the only thing to do from that point on was to listen to my spirit, and learn to take the lessons and leave the baggage as I made this journey.

Name your favorite role models for success in two industries.
Stating the obvious, Ms. Oprah Winfrey, and Steve Jobs. Both are in totally different industries, but they share a common thread. That is authenticity.

Authenticity makes sense … and dollars.

Names three books that changed how you saw life.
Three books that were really impactful for me are: The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Know to Succeed in Today’s Fast Paced Business World by Terrie Williams; The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Migel Ruiz; and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.  All of these books are over  a decade old; but the information shared by its authors is timeless.

Explain why lifelong learning is important to you.
Easy… I’m addicted to personal and professional growth.

Define your personal culture.
Honesty, integrity, accountability, respect, authenticity and transparency. These are my personal values, my personal culture is shaped by these things.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Just one?!? OK, I’m going to paint this question with a wide brush and say evil. It covers so many of the other things I would list if I could.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
The fear of publishing my writing.

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