Leslie R. Boyter
I am currently the sole practitioner for Essential Explorations. My name is Leslie R. Boyter. Connect with me on LinkedIn! You can find me by clicking on the LinkedIn icon on the main page or by clicking here.
I decided to pursue my Graduate degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from LIOS Graduate School of Saybrook University after witnessing and experiencing years of workplace misery. In particular, I have been deeply impacted by observing the workplace misery and chronic stress induced by perpetual threats of layoffs as well as the burden of each “survivor” juggling several critical roles after positions were cut.
I often thought, “there must be a better way,” and I set out to find it. I knew deep down that work did not have to be miserable, people could experience working without constant fear of layoffs, and businesses could be profitable and humane, even during a recession.
Fittingly, my Final Consulting Project for Graduate School was to help a Program in a government agency plan and begin to implement a multi-stage restructuring project to increase efficiency while utilizing the experience and skills of current staff and creatively finding ways to fill skill-gaps.
The Program Manager was proactive and forward-thinking when she decided to do this project. Therefore: 1) the restructuring was able to be done over a longer time-span in phases, 2) the Program Manager was able to take into account additional perspectives and utilize the knowledge and creativity of her staff, and 3) no one had to be laid off because naturally occurring attrition could be worked into the overall plan to hire new employees with different skill-sets to meet changing demands for services.
For information on my other projects, check out the Projects page.
To learn more about the foundations of my practice, check out the accordioned sections below. To see the Essential Explorations Method, click here. And to learn a little about my non-work activities, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Utilitarianism- Breaking it down to ‘utility’ has a coldness to it. I prefer to think of it as everyone having a purpose. We are all here to contribute something, even if it is not obvious what that something is. When initially studying philosophy, I latched onto something I read in John Stuart Mill’s book, On Liberty, “In this age, the mere example of nonconformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric.” Even though it was written in the 19th century, I believe it still holds true today. If everyone has a purpose, and mine is to help catalyze people out of stuckness, then my purpose is to help you live your purpose.
Existentialism- We are able to choose our own purpose, and the ideal is to live authentically. In order to do this we need to be self-aware and take responsibility for ourselves and for our choices.
Humanism- People are full of potential, and given the right conditions they can reach this potential.
I learned a great deal from these experiences. And I am convinced work-life is not inherently miserable, despite what so many people have told and shown me over the last few decades. There are businesses, non-profits, and government agencies out there who treat their employees humanely, communicate well, learn from mistakes, innovate, and create pleasant workplaces. And they are doing well! It is not hurting their bottom line. It is not making them uncompetitive in the marketplace. And they do not have to be anomalies.
As the Chief Operations Officer of a simulated Benefit Corporation, I was the resident expert on the Triple Bottom Line. This gave me renewed hope for the direction of Corporations. Even if an organization does not apply for B-Corporation status, they can implement many of the practices of a B-Corp, and many are already doing so.
Because staff may not feel safe sharing their thoughts, ideas, or perspectives, I combine both confidentiality and free speech. I give them a safe space to share their perspectives while maintaining confidentiality so they do not need to worry as much about retaliation. This also relates back to collecting data from my Psychology research background. The information is important, but minimizing risk for the person sharing the information is also important. I have found that by interviewing people one-on-one, they are often more open during group meetings as well, which increases communication overall.
Random facts about Leslie:
- I have lived in the Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia region for over 12 years now.
- I strive to learn at least one new thing every day.
- I like to write, paint, dance, hike, and get absorbed in a good book.
- My favorite places are libraries, local coffee shops, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
- I am madly in-love with octopuses because they are intelligent, awkwardly graceful, adaptable, and mysterious.