ACTIVATE

Are you sick of putting out daily fires instead of doing your real Work?

Create your personal strategy with hand-picked tools and methods for you to stop with the fires and update your playbook.

What future vision do you want to activate?

LOVE your personal strategy for your bold vision.

  • Define the area you want to improve.
  • Think in productive and creative ways.
  • Enlighten your blind spots.
  • Turn struggle to strength and strengths to spark.
  • Choose actions that lead to your successful result.

Our time-folding, proven process is for busy leaders who don’t have time to waste.

What future vision do you want to activate?

Your purpose matters.

Your spark matters.

Your vision matters.

ASPIRE

“I’m a better leader because of the work we did. Talking about my most important goals and the future I want to create – kind of analyzing it with you – I am now mindful and conscious when I’m leading a conversation, a room, meeting, and our retreat. I have a better relationship with my team. I’m loving my work again.

Michael Ellsworth, Co-Founder & Principal, Civilization
thread of purpose

Clients say …

Learned a lot through purposeful discussions and had a win-win feeling after the end of our discussions. It was a good learning experience and sharing my knowledge really made the discussion very fruitful.

Impact leader guest at Happy Hour with Purpose

Sheila has mastered the art of asking the right powerful question at the right time. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sheila over the past year. Through our sessions, I gained clarity on the challenges I’m facing, discovered new solutions, and created values-aligned approaches to strategic conversations. My actions better align with my purpose and core values. It’s a gift to have the pause of a session to sit back, reflect more deeply and get support for solving some of my most important day to day challenges.

Social Impact Entrepreneur & Founder

Sheila’s coaching revealed new insights into my career opportunities and personal meaning in these challenging times. I was able to develop and evolve my personal brand to focus on my higher purpose going forward. Her thoughtful guidance can help you pivot to achieve what’s most important.

Social Enterprise Technology Director

Sheila’s methodology helps me refocus my attention. Walking through her unique techniques, I am able to tap into my creative mindset and reevaluate my life, reconnect with my personal vision and purpose, and rethink how to take action, both professionally and personally. Now that I’ve worked with Sheila, when I’m feeling stuck I refer back to the tools she provided to make adjustments bring more of what I want to add to the world during times of crisis and beyond.

Social Enterprise Business Development Director

Sheila brought a much-needed, fresh perspective. Her adherence to the culture of philanthropy – not simply fundraising, but purposeful, mission-fulfilling messaging through each department – led to improvements in marketing and increases in funding from long-time and first time donors. She is dedicated to nonprofit best-practice and committed to community development through her work.

Nonprofit Executive

Sheila has a unique ability to draw out and help me tap into the benefits of applying my inner creative to business challenges. This has been instrumental in my forward progress! Sheila is an expert at cultivating a growth mindset. Through her precision coaching, I have been able to get out of my own way, allowing for an exponential increase in innovation within my business. I highly recommend partnering with Sheila. Expect to stretch and expect exceptional outcomes!

Human Skills in Tech Entrepreneur

You have this holistic approach and also you have this very gentle way of engaging people. So it’s easy for people to engage with you. On the other hand, realizations that I gathered through working with you were realizations that did not necessarily come easily. While they might seem in some ways apparent, they were not at the time. So our work was clarifying for me to go in my new direction.

Social Enterprise Founder

The nature of the work that I was doing had changed. I was taking on a lot more. It was a lot busier, a lot more responsibility, and yet I wasn’t able to make the kind of impact that I was hoping to make. Things were getting frustrating. I was questioning why I was continuing to do what I was doing. Working through your process allowed me to take the time to move past or remove things that are irrelevant and move towards what’s more important. There wasn’t a better time to do this than now.

Social Enterprise Founder

ABOUT

Who has time for vision? 

Creating new results takes a lot of time, brain power, iteration, systems thinking, patience, impatience, you name it.

Got 20% time to work on a vision that doesn’t exist yet?

Our time-folding, proven process is for busy leaders who don’t have time to waste.

What future vision do you want to activate?

Now you can create your personal strategy with hand-picked tools and methods for you to stop with the fires and stick with your plan.

Calling founders and leaders craving creative conversations, focus, accountability, and a dedicated fast track to activate your vision.

pick up your purpose thread and follow it into the future

So you can make a difference.

“Sheila has mastered the art of asking the right powerful question at the right time. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sheila over the past year. Through our sessions, I gained clarity on the challenges I’m facing, discovered new solutions, and created values-aligned approaches to strategic conversations. My actions better align with my purpose and core values. It’s a gift to have the pause of a session to sit back, reflect more deeply and get support for solving some of my most important day to day challenges.”

Social Impact Entrepreneur & Founder

When you want to create your personal strategy, stop with the fires, and stick with your plan, you need to meet Sheila.

Conscious Leadership

Organizations that practice Conscious Leadership perform 10x better.

Harvard Business Review

A conscious leader is self-, stakeholder-, eco-system-aware and forward looking.

Greater Grays Harbor

[ ABOUT ME ]

Co-Create Your Future

Hello and Welcome!

A vibrant community is magic. Great views are a must. Beach walks are a plus. Fog is fine.

Creative placemaking is the art of creating quality places where people want to live, work, play, stay, and learn.

Cross-sector partnerships, creative convenings, delivering technical assistance, and developing leaders in cultural communities got Sheila Siden out of bed every morning for over twenty years. Until she woke up one day and said “there has to be a better way.”

The biggest challenge was and is the rate of change happening faster than we as individuals and groups are equipped.

How do we develop sustainability? That question started Sheila on a path that she invites you to join where we ask new questions.

How do we get out of reactive mode, guided by what we don’t want? How do we develop resilience so we can activate a vision for the future? How do we create shared vision and purpose so we can use our individual and collective powers to achieve a bold vision?

How do we co-create our future?

Join Sheila for Coffee Talk Fridays at 8am.

How do we ASPIRE?

Leaders in the creative and culture sectors can make a huge impact. Creative economy studies show how creative sectors catalyze all other sectors. Send me a note and I’ll send you the data.

Here’s my story and the thread of my purpose over the years.

Creative Conscious Leadership

In grad school, we did a case study about marketing modems. The big picture of our conclusions was hard to imagine, but I soon hired someone to set up my IRQs. Seriously. She wore a grounding wire.

The Internet was a promised land of local – global community and freedom.

For the next ten years I developed communities of developers: JAVASig and Monterey Bay Internet Enthusiasts (MoBie). Products came to life under my watch: firewalls, wireless fiber on 38-39GHz, countless web sites.

After dot bomb, I turned my sights to world culture communities.

As the first development specialist for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of WA, I burst through silo’d group think. Expanding the Board’s idea of the community, we included all the art forms, culinary traditions, performance forms, and kenjin-kai. JCCCW is going strong to this day.

Venturing into nonprofit fundraising and development, I raised millions of dollars through grants, individual giving, and event revenue.

How? By developing shared purpose and vision, breaking down silo’d group think, and creating cross-sector partnerships.

As a leader in creative economy initiatives, we supported individual artists, brought artists into schools, and created cultural legacies. Working with Boards of Directors, I discovered what it takes to create shared purpose and vision for initiatives in the world of volunteer leadership.

Unlock Potential to Thrive

Building on 30 years of experience leading and facilitating, I now use state of the art methods to create opportunities for leaders to activate a future vision.

Change changes a person and stress itself does, too.

Sick of putting out fires? Create your personal strategy with hand-picked tools and methods for you to stop with the fires and stick with your plan.

Let’s have a conversation and see how I might help you.

Schedule your clarity call.

Your purpose matters,

Sheila

SHEILA SIDEN, MBA, CEC

Sheila Siden Executive Coach Let's make sense of sustainability so you can thrive.
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how’s virtual meeting going for you?

Office closing for the day, co-workers bid one another good night.  Meanwhile, I busily set up the Polycom conference phone, hoping connections would work. Third Thursday so it must have been development. Could have been the auction, strategic planning, or ad hoc committee that I facilitated as development director.

On Creativity

Creativity is not the clever rearranging of the known. ~ Viola Spolin