Two years young, and having just celebrated Experiential Insight’s birthday, it’s clear to me now that its inception was shaped by crucial chapters in my life. Suddenly all the experiences and passions in my life came together into what I would call my life’s calling. As Steve Jobs said, “You can only connect the dots looking backwards.”
I live in the glamor of the most desirable capital in the world for all thing’s unicorn, tech, and exit-related -- San Francisco. Sometimes people ask me if there’s pressure to start a business in this environment, and I certainly can’t speak for anyone else, but from my standpoint, absolutely not. I mean there is intrigue, there’s fantasy, and then there’s actually doing it. The leap from desire to action is a big one that can only be sustained with something so much more than just pressure. My drive to build Experiential Insight didn’t come from any pressure -- it came from my Why.
I grew up in a family where education was the number one thing on my parent’s mind. My mum and dad believed that if we studied hard and worked hard, we would always be able to reach our goals. From a young age, my sister and I were exposed to all sorts of activities beyond just school. Tap dancing, ballet, art, piano, gymnastics, singing, swimming, track and field...and that’s just a small sample of a much longer list.
As an adult looking back at these experience’s I quickly realized that humans have relentless amounts of potential, and only some of us are lucky enough to tap into our full potential simply because the people around us gave us the opportunity. I had a burning desire to give what I got as a gift from my parents to the world – the opportunity for an individual to reach their full potential no matter their background, social status, religion, sexual orientation, or other.
As a teenager, I remember that I spent a few good years of my life struggling with fitting in. I was born in Zambia to expatriate parents, raised in Sri Lanka during middle school, moved to New Zealand for high school and university, and now live in the US. Living on four different continents and across cultures, I didn’t always feel I was at my full potential. My main struggle was trying to place myself in a box, because everyone else wanted me to fit in a box, when all the time, my life and personality fit into anything but. It wasn’t until I embarked on a deliberate path of self-development as a teenager that I was eventually able to break free of my own restraints and push into a zone where I could be my best. I wanted this for others as well – the ability to push beyond.
And that’s how Experiential Insight was created. To empower humans to reach their full potential.
I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the last 15 years working in organizations such as Deloitte Consulting, Apple, Salesforce, Cisco, Levi, Chevron, and several others across industries and sizes, with the entirety of my work focused on two distinct yet connected threads: 1. People and Impact, and 2. Growth and Transformation.
I also spent time working with universities in several different capacities including guest lecturing, sitting on boards, founding and running mentoring programs, judging case competitions, including being given the opportunity to deliver a graduation commencement speech -- what an absolute honor that was!
My deep insight into these parallel lives of intimately observing individuals from the 18-year-old knowledge hungry student all the way to the 60-something year old veteran CEO (okay maybe the 27-year-old CEO in some cases) -- this trajectory connected a few critical dots for me.
At a micro level, individuals are just not developed at universities and in life to reach their full potential… ever!
At a macro level, corporations are just not prepared to unlock the potential of their workforce for the next level of organization growth, in terms of building humans who have strength in uniquely human skills
The more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t believe that the gap was so astronomical in terms of where we are now, and where we need to get to. McKinsey research tells us that adults only retain just 10% of what they learn in a classroom setting. Then imagine, how much of that we are able to execute on? Also, uniquely human strengths that require mindset and behavioral shifts simply cannot be taught in classrooms. We’re talking about Success Skills such as developing a growth mindset, embracing failure, global perspective, massive action, 100% accountability, and many others that fall into a thought leadership framework that we call HyperQ.
Experiential Insight closes this gap through a uniquely pre-designed for transformation model that is like nothing out there in the market. Our core offering called a Coaching Track is built for digital, personalized, scalable, and affordable experiences that occur in intimate group settings. The accelerated power of transformation that happens when we are able to experience safe and vulnerable spaces with others is where the real magic happens.
As corporations work with us and employees join our Coaching Tracks from Uber, PwC, Amazon, Dell, Facebook, and several others, I am constantly reminded of the difference we are making in the world in enabling these individuals to reach their full potential through HyperQ.
At Experiential Insight, everything we do is about making a difference and creating impact as a company first – impact in our ability to develop individuals to reach their full potential – and then the ripple effect that has into corporations and societies.
Looking ahead into the future, I am excited to shape the lives of individuals, and lead the way into the Future of Work. But most of all, I am humbled at the chance to give to others what my parents gave to me-- the opportunity for humans to reach their true full potential.
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