160: Christine Comaford: I had to reach to a deep place inside myself

//160: Christine Comaford: I had to reach to a deep place inside myself

160: Christine Comaford: I had to reach to a deep place inside myself

Christine Comaford Show Notes Page

Christine Comaford fell to the ground and her body couldn’t stay standing. She had just found out that her step son died unexpectedly at college. While trying to cope with this tremendous loss, she had to fulfill numerous professional obligations. But she was unable to function. That’s when she found something that she had never realized before that has allowed her to experience an entirely new existence.

Christine was born in Hollywood, CA and raised in Palos Verdes, CA and Greenwich, CT. She has 1 older sister. Her parents divorced when she was 16, then re-married when she was in my 30s. She cried tears of joy during the entire ceremony!

Christine’s parents were both entrepreneurs and renegades in their own way. Her mom is an immigrant with English as her 3rd language (Russian and Spanish were first). She is an artist with fiber and jewelry as her primary mediums. She taught Christine about adaptability. Her father led Human Resources in the early days of Mattel Toys and Gallo Wine. He taught her about entrepreneurship and tenacity.

Christine was always involved in business ventures from lemonade stands to girl scout cookies. She got her first job at 14 at a bakery and discovered she loved business even more than she thought. She often questioned authority and “the rules” which led to her dropping out of high school and negotiating her way into college at 17.

She quit college once she fell in love with computers… why get a computer science degree when she could just teach herself to program then get a job? That’s what she did and after a few small companies she got a job at Microsoft. She had to pretend to be male to get an interview, but that’s another story. Later she launched and sold/took public 5 companies and then retired. The phone kept ringing and she was asked to use the cool tools she had shared with her employees to get great success. SmartTribes Institute was the result. Now she works with companies of all sizes that want to create peak performing leaders in emotionally engaging and resilient cultures. She knows people are tribal and company cultures providing safety, belonging, mattering yield powerful and sustained results.

There are 2 key aspects of Christine’s legacy:

  1. The many careers she has helped to shape. The people that have come together to form powerful teams, the conflicts that have been cleared. The emotional resilience and agility that has resulted. The great companies and many jobs in awesome cultures that she has supported.
  2. Christine’s volunteer work for the past 19 years has been with hospice patients. She has helped 40 people die with as much grace, peace, closure as possible.

Christine currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Geoff Heron. Geoff does special effects and visual effects for major motion pictures—he’s done over 100 so you’ve definitely seen his work. She has 3 step kids, all grown.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“The vast majority of people haven’t fully tapped their amazing potential.” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet 

“Everybody’s showing up the best they can with the resources they have.” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet 

“We all have blind-spots, that’s why they’re blind.” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet 

“The human being will go to whatever behavior feels best.” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet 

“If we don’t know how we’re feeling, how can we get to how we want to feel?” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet 

“Often when we have a problem we hyper-focus on it and we keep staring at it.” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet 

“We choose the meaning that we make.” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet 

“Nothing is good or bad, only thinking makes it so.” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet 

“The meaning of your communication is the message received, it’s not the message sent.” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet 

“Putting yourself out there is more important than smarts.” – Christine Comaford Click to Tweet

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Hump to Get Over

Christine Comaford fell to the ground and her body couldn’t stay standing. She had just found out that her step son died unexpectedly at college. While trying to cope with this tremendous loss, she had to fulfill numerous professional obligations. But she was unable to function. That’s when she found something that she had never realized before that has allowed her to experience an entirely new existence.

Advice for others

Have compassion for others and their challenges.

Holding her back from being an even better leader

Time management.

Best Leadership Advice

Putting yourself out there is more important than smarts.

Secret to Success

Tremendous tenacity

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

Meditation

Recommended Reading

SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together

Power Your Tribe: Create Resilient Teams in Turbulent Times

Contacting Christine Comaford

website: http://poweryourtribe.com

website: http://smarttribesinstitute.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Comaford

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/comaford/

Resources and Show Mentions

The Emotion Wheel Graphic – know what your emotions are

Resilience Cycle Graphic – anchor the outcome you want

An Even Better Place to Work

Empathy Mapping

54 Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Competencies List: Emotional Intelligence has proven to be the right kind of intelligence to have if you want to move onward and upward faster. Get your free list today.


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