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My guest today is Arlene Kaplan. Arlene Kaplan has a Masters in Human Resources/Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Ohio State University. She is a Senior Birkman Consultant and has a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) designation.
Her 20+ years as a Human Resources professional with a specialty in Employee Relations provides her with diverse experience solving people problems such as: resolving conflict, improving communication, building teams, career development and executive coaching. For the past 10 years she has used the Birkman Method, an online personality assessment, to help her clients understand and appreciate themselves to find career solutions and resolve conflict. She has also used the Birkman Method to help a hiring managers understand potential candidates to see if they are the right fit.
Prior to her corporate career, she taught dance in Osaka, Japan. Her experience in Japan taught her that one can’t get “enlightenment” by sitting at a famous rock garden for an entire day, waiting for something to happen. (She actually did this. Spent an entire day sitting by a famous rock garden in Kyoto) Nothing happens when you sit and wait. In fact, gaining the ability to navigate and succeed with life takes an enormous amount of work. Understanding your strengths, motivations, interests and stress behaviors provided by the Birkman Method, goes a long way on the journey to fulfillment.
For 25+ years Arlene has been and continues to be, a student of Arnold Siegel’s “Autonomy and Life” coursework. This private curriculum study is the overarching foundation of her understanding of the human condition and has taught her that to a large extent, fulfillment lies in our ability to fully blossom and find our place in the world.
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