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7 Questions with Angie McDonald
Name: Angie McDonald
Current title: CEO
Current organisation: Wounded2Wonderful Coaching LLC
Mrs. Angie McDonald, CEO Wounded2Wonderful Coaching LLC, provides collaborative expertise in training, optimizing and preparing Organizations and Initiatives serving under-served, at-risk and immigrant communities with multiple strategic, motivational and professional efforts. Her professional expertise spanning 20 years and real-life experiences, allowed her an affinity with those who are aware of their calling, profession, and purpose, but are thwarted by circumstances (unforeseen or poorly avoided), lack of resources and information. Angie's motivational and empathetic stance provides her global audience with direct positivism and resource tools needed to accomplish their ultimate goals. Angie is a published Author and a multiple book contributor to various works that include Graduate-level curriculum, empowerment and professional compilations. More about Angie can be discovered at www.wounded2wonderful.com.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
As a CEO, I've learned how important it is to be culturally sensitive to the various communities and interests that I serve. I built my business with the World in mind. That level of responsibility caused me to stretch my way of thinking and serving my clients near and far. As a child of immigrants, my approach was already guided with the mannerisms, expectations and village concepts that were needed to create the dialogue that would attract my clients. I deemed this to be the most challenging, because it caused me to step up to the claim of me being 'Ready to Serve.' The preparedness of being sensitive and receptive to the needs of my clients and the people they serve is the pivotal ingredient for my business to thrive in different communities and countries.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
My tenure at an Organizational Enterprise, prior to starting my own company, was fueled by my intent to become an advocate for the under-served individual. I wanted to manifest this, as a result of personally experiencing exponential loss and significant life changes.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
As a busy wife and mom of 3, I begin and end my day with my family. We prepare for our day by sharing any significant appointments, projects or anything to ensure we are supportive of one another throughout our day. Once the children are set for the day, I meditate to welcome positivity and clarity into my day of responsibilities and projects. I use schedules and reminders, like everyone else. However, I intently schedule busier days with 5 min gaps in between to flush and prepare my mindset solely for the next client or conversation. My day winds down with confirming my appointments for the next day. I finalize my day with family over dinner or an impromptu family outing. I am grateful for the ability to learn to create harmony in life and business.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Most recently, I've been attracting clients that require services that involve Emotional Recovery, which is relative to the current global pandemic. This challenge caused me to create tools and processes that will equip executive/organizational leaders to navigate these unprecedented times.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
The Designer Life" by Kevin Kitrell Ross, has helped me tremendously. It also impacted my ability to effectively empower and equip future leaders. Mr. Ross beautifully explained ways that I can be at the helm of creating my life by design and not by default. I was inspired by the poignant methods such as 'packaging my purpose and designing my legacy'. These ideas helped me gain control of my destiny after the passing of my first husband almost 12 years ago. I realized that my pain and loss was in fact the ideal ingredients I needed to fashion my message of Healing and Self-discovery to the world. I packed my story, along with my advocacy-driven leadership style to inspire change among the under-served community.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
I choose to build leadership capacity by establishing my leadership style as one that inspires innovation and growth. The aforementioned attributes are integral to an enterprise that seeks to align itself to the ever changing times.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
I've had so many encouraging interactions working in my leadership capacity. However, one that stands out is when I was able to successfully negotiate a placement contract for several job seekers who were being passed over for gainful employment. From individuals that had a disability to those who were 55 & over, were given a chance at proving themselves in a job opportunity. This experience has definitely affirmed my purpose and willingness to be a catalyst of change for many seeking change.