Five provocative questions answered by an inspiring and fabulous woman – a woman with something to say.
Meet Linda Roszak Burton
Linda Roszak Burton is Founder and President of DRW, Inc., a research and evidence-based coaching and consulting firm. Services are designed based on best practices in strengths-based leadership, neuroscience, positive psychology, and positive organization development. The firm’s underlying philosophy is to help clients achieve organizational results by aligning organizational values with strategic goals through leadership development and employee engagement initiatives. As a leadership and team coach, Linda is passionate about working with individuals and diverse teams to build consensus, resolve conflicts, and foster an environment of collaboration and accountability. Linda named the company in honor of her late sister and remains committed in making a difference in the lives of those served. Find her at www.drwcoaching.com
People would be surprised to know that: When I was young I loved to take things apart just to see if I could put them together again, in working order! Anything mechanical, toys with moving parts to common household gadgets. Before you leap to the conclusion that mechanical engineering was in my future, the real application of this activity helped me develop my strength of ideation, being fascinated by ideas and finding connections between seemingly disparate facts, results and events.
The WTL 5:
What’s the conversation that changed your life?
My parents, who immigrated from Europe after WWII, instilled messages of pride in self, responsibility and hard work – all of which has served me well my entire life. Another conversation was with my personal coach. After much discussion about competing areas of my life all vying for my time and attention, my coach suggested that I trust where I was and what I was doing, as exactly how it should be at that time in my life. There are no easy answers in life but…trusting in oneself is powerful and creates tremendous inner peace.
What are you most conscious of today?
The lack of attention given to female veterans. I’m beginning to explore what life is like for them upon returning from war and there seems to be little attention given to them. Their numbers are increasing and they have higher rates of poverty, homelessness and unemployment than male veterans. They too suffer from PTSD, depression and loss of limbs. To be continued.
What part of you have you yet to give voice to?
Personally, it’s creativity in the form of writing and painting. What am I waiting for?
What’s the conversation women need to be having collectively?
Every women, regardless of their age, should look for opportunities to mentor younger women and serve as role models. Societal pressures and images negatively influence decisions women make about how they should think, look, and behave. And, if we chose to think this is someone else’s problem, we lose our power as positive contributors and influencers in the world.
What needs to be said bigger, louder, stronger?
Women’s equality in pay and opportunity are not just conversations for women, but for women and men. These are conversations we should be having with our sons (and daughters), brothers, husbands and coworkers. And, it starts with you, reading this post.
Thank you, Linda, for sharing your powerful voice
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