It was 2017 and I was at the top of my game. I had made it to the executive ranks.  It’s exactly where I thought I wanted to be as a young college graduate in the late 1990s. Back then, I was young and naive, having attended a private conservative college with Southern Baptist roots. On top of that, as the firstborn in the family, I was a high-achieving rule-follower. I worked hard my entire life and it paid off.  In fact, achievement such a deep part of my core being, that I can recall  vividly in first grade how devastated I was that I made all A’s that year except for one B+ that showed up in Math that last 6 weeks of school. Pretty messed up, huh? This was innate, it wasn’t because of pressure from my parents. I was wound so tightly that my dad even told me that he “hoped in college [I] would loosen up a little and at least have a beer.” 

Fast forward to early 2017 when I began working on a formal coaching certification and working with an executive coach.  That’s when it finally dawned on me that I was successful, but I wasn’t thriving.  I had achieved worldly success, but to what end…I was drowning in corporate politics and games.  By the end of 2017, going to work had become as close to a living hell as you can imagine…I didn’t even feel comfortable walking down the hall because of fear of who I might run into.  I even resorted to taking the stairs and using the restroom and break room on the floor below.  I take pride in being an optimistic person, so I hung in there for nearly a year. I hoped things would get better, but they did not.  

By June of 2018, I had formed my own consulting and coaching firm, HR Consultants of Denver.  Without any entrepreneurial experience, I took a big leap of faith and bet on myself.  It was (and remains) a bold move.  My new purpose is to do good work, for good people.  I also want to make a difference helping others thrive at work.  I do this by helping HR leaders take their programs to the next level, and by coaching individuals to discover what is most important and then go after it.  In the last two years I have coached dozens of individuals and supported numerous HR leaders – all with positive outcomes. It feels great to be making a difference.  This is why I am an entrepreneur…it simply allows me to make a greater and more meaningful impact.

Stacey Bledsoe Founder, HR Consultants of Denver

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