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Conversations with Cora Lonning

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cora Lonning.

Cora, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I grew up under the parentage of a Youth Development Consultant. My father worked initially at the local and state level, then contributed his work at the national level influencing the direction and methodology of youth development programs and policies.

Growing in this environment I learned that knowledge – self-knowledge specifically- is THE game changer. Despite the cards dealt or scripts pre-written for one’s life, knowledge is the power behind actively changing the path… and the outcomes! This applies to individuals, families, teams, organizations, and certainly communities. My father changed the course of his life, his children’s life, and their children by consciously choosing not to repeat a pattern of abuse and alcoholism. Through learning and growing he was able to become the man he wanted to be; and that made all the difference for an incalculable number of people.

Not falling far from the proverbial tree, I am a learning professional. It is my passion, purpose, and wheelhouse. Facilitating learning and walking with others through their growth journey is  “ the thing I would do for free!”

I love to share information; and respond enthusiastically when others seek out insight and feedback. I freely throw out knowledge, information, and growth strategies to the world!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest hurdle was to land on my full blown purpose. I can be good at a lot of things; and many roles allow for pieces of my purpose to come through. Fully identifying my strengths and naming my natural talents and preferences delivered me to my full purpose.

My highest and best use is my third career! I started in the food and hospitality industry, sold real estate for many years as a second career. While in real estate, I went to school. During my educational process I learned more about myself, my strengths, and how to utilize self-awareness, strengths, and talent effectively!

For Organizational Development practitioners and the learning industry there has been a challenge in creating buy-in and influencing strong leadership commitment to development and growth strategies; and a lack of understanding the value. In past decades there has not been a broadly accepted practice in creating learning and development frameworks as part of the strategic plan and organizational priorities. The connection between organizational development (growth) and the bottom line has historically been invisible to executive leadership. Simply put, Organizational Development was a hard sell. A VERY hard sell.

Current times are exciting!  I get to live and work through this time in which people ARE the limited resource and THE valued commodity! YES! While at the same time, I get to be a part of historical levels of self-development by individuals, a corporate move toward investing in people, and a strong societal leaning toward self-knowledge.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar and what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in emotional literacy and self-leadership. This means I help others connect to their intrinsic messaging system (emotions) and hear them, consider them, and choose to act wisely on them. Many people are managed and driven by their emotions – and have little conscious awareness they are making decisions and taking actions on outdated, inaccurate, and reactive emotional drivers.

Emotional literacy is having the ability to manage our emotions instead of them managing us. I have sat in many executive board meetings, team project meetings, and certainly political discussions in which people go from having an aware and present conversation, then shift when “hooked”; and their emotional memory takes over. All of a sudden a decision is made, an action chosen , words thrown out that are not in alignment with purpose, intention, or goals! Adults may not throw themselves on the floor, or cry and scream; however, there is a clear change in the tone of voice, facial expressions, word choice, and body stance. It is clear when people have allowed their emotions to take the driving seat!

I serve as a performance coach, executive coach, and organizational development consultant.

What I am MOST proud of is that our daughter still likes to hang out with us, even though she has her own life and is busy adulting, she simply enjoys our relationship. Familial relationships take work and we are proud we have all been able to keep ours intact and rewarding.

Work-wise, I am most proud of those I work with. To watch others charge through their fears, knock their barriers down, step into their talent and power; and become their own best version. What a joy! I am so inspired by the resilience of the human spirit; and the capacity to continually grow. This is the very best play to sit back and watch!

What am I known for? I will share specific feedback I have received. I work clients hard. I push them. No passive learning in CoachCora space! I ask good questions – HARD questions! I am an excellent sounding board, mirroring spoken and behavioral communication;  examining choices with no fear!

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I have written a book on self-leadership. Not leadership, not for all the leaders out there. My book is for those individuals feeling TRAPPED. This book outlines specific strategies for the individual to choose to lead SELF. To stop waiting and depending on others to manage their future. YOU are the BOSS of you! Step into that driver seat and take charge of your career, future, goals.

We all get to decide our script for this play called life. YOU are the director of your play. We each can rewrite any scene we want to!

Coach Cora

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  • Youtube: coachcora

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