Who is Lisa Ross-Marcus?
Photo: Jonas Briels
My life is a mash-up of crossovers between different cultures, disciplines and passions. I'm an American who crossed over to Europe, where I bounced between Paris, Moscow and Basel before settling in Amsterdam. I'm a dancer who crossed over to the corporate world. I'm a communication specialist who crossed over to intercultural training. I'm a creative entrepreneur who crossed over to executive coaching.
I received my professional coaching certificate in 2009 from Boertien Training*, in Naarden, The Netherlands.
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Survive or Thrive
My own career of crossovers provided me with an enriched source of creativty for both individual coaching and for designing and leading professional development programs.
Through the arc of my own personal growth process, I experienced the pitfalls of unchecked ambitions, as well as the shadow side of being a perfectionist. Changing countries and cultures taught me the virtues of being flexible and non-judgmental about behaviors I don't understand.
I also witnessed how passivity, the need for approval and not recognizing one's own needs drains energy and feeds negative attitudes. It may be survivable, but what is the point of it, when there are other options ?
I became curious to explore other roads to success, where goals are achieved in tandem with - not as the price of - well-being and staying close to who you are. This, I believe, is the roadmap to a thriving mind-set and increased performance and happiness.
From the principle of thriving, I help others to manage their own crossovers - between professional roles, cultures, contexts and other areas of personal development.
My mission is to help you ''thrive at the top'' - to reach the highest level of your potential, while remaining grounded in a sense of purpose and well-being.
*Presently known as Boertien Vergouwen Overduin.