Evolution from Corporate America to Idea Implementation Specialist
PHYLLIS SMITH: Hi and welcome to Spotlight on eWomenNetwork, I’m Phyllis Smith. So, have you ever had an idea swirling around in your brain, or maybe many ideas for that matter, and they just kind of get stuck there. They don’t move beyond your head. Well today’s guest is the implementation expert. She helps you get your ideas out of your head and out into the world. Her name is Sylvia Henderson, and she joined us to help you move those ideas to profit and purpose. So, please welcome my wonderful friend as well, Sylvia Henderson.
SYLVIA HENDERSON: Hello Phyllis and everybody who’s watching and listening!
PHYLLIS SMITH: We’re so glad to have you because that could be a nightmare. You know, you dream about it. You dream about the ideas and then you’re like, “Oh my God I’ve got this great idea!” and then a month goes by and 2 months and next thing you know it’s next year and the idea is still in your head and it hasn’t gotten anywhere. And that is very frustrating for some people for sure.
SYLVIA HENDERSON: Not only frustrating, but you don’t get fulfilled. You don’t feel like you’ve met your purpose in life.
PHYLLIS SMITH: It’s true and you help people do that, and we’re gonna get to that in a little bit, but first I wanna talk more about you. Get to know you a little bit more and understand sort of where you came from and how you got into the business of helping people implement their ideas and becoming the idea implementation specialist that you are. So, first of all give us a background on your evolution from corporate career to the sustaining business that you have today.
SYLVIA HENDERSON: So, this feels like that story of “begat”, one begat the next that begat the next. So, 22 … 23 years in corporate America, for now, the oldest technology company in existence. I won’t say the name, but people will probably figure out which one - with 3 little letters … and I was quite happy in a corporate career. And as things changed I became independent, as I say not of my own choice and, so I was faced with what do I do next? Do I find another job? And that was because technology and the environment, the world was changing. - not for anything I did. And so after being a student of professional development and personal development I thought if I don’t do this now, I never will. And a couple people challenged me and said you’ve been talking about going on your own for a long time - no salary, no job, no benefits … what’s up? And so, Springboard Training became what I became, and I started out training.
Just the evolution of the business really quick - it started out as a training company because that’s my heart, that’s what I love, that’s what I did in corporate America. I went from training to keynote speaking, because my ego said I wanna be on that stage. I wanna be that one person, that one speaker. I went from keynote speaking, which I found out I didn’t like because I wasn’t getting that two-way interaction. And so then I wrote a book, like everybody’s supposed to do, and then from that book came more speaking, but a different kind of speaking. Workshops and retreats, and tha’st how I became the idea person. Because I really focused on getting your idea out, communicated and then taking action. It’s kind of what I did as a manager and it’s what I do now.