Who We Are

Essential Explorations

Essential Explorations is based in the Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia area, near the Puget Sound, in the lush and amazing Pacific Northwest. You can find us on Facebook and Google+.

Leslie R. Boyter

IMG_9837_croppedI 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.

The Sciences
Workplace Experiences
Librarian Values

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.