What is a Modern Day Alchemist?



noun: alchemy

  1. the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.
  2. a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.

I am a Modern-Day Alchemist. I help you transform your personal and professional life from METAL to GOLD.  I work with you through a seemingly magical process that results in your transformation.

We accomplish this through co-creation of experiments and actions, and by combining our professional and personal experiences.

I am the Advocate for your success; Ally in its pursuit.

My Hero's Journey

The expected stuff

I have 30 years of experience in coach-approach leadership through personnel management, project & portfolio management, and process alignment across multiple types of organizations.  My career spans consulting and direct employment with start-ups, small businesses, government, and Fortune 20 companies.

Throughout these experiences, I've focused on helping individuals leverage their unique skills through significant improvements in their personal understanding and productivity.   I've helped organizations of all sizes improve their bottom line while strengthening their relationships with personnel and customers via culture design, process improvement, and strategy alignment.

I support individuals and organizations in attaining alignment between their purpose and their actions through education and coaching.  I help individuals in roles as diverse as Solopreneur to Chief Executive achieve more and multiply their impact in work, charity, and life.

In addition to founding Multiply Your Impact, LLC, I currently teach other coaches and coach-approach leaders at the CoachVille Center for Coaching Mastery.


A lifelong learner, I hold professional certifications including HBDI Practitioner from Herrmann International, PMI-PMP from the Project Management Institute, CVPCC from the Center for Coaching Mastery at CoachVille, PCC from the International Coaching Federation, and Higher Ground Leadership® Pathfinder from The Secretan Center. 

I focused my Masters of Business Administration (MBA) thesis on Learning Organizations despite the formal classwork focus of Technology Management, and have been applying my diverse knowledge and experience to organizations and individuals ever since. 


The fun (and deeper) stuff

I've always been a helper.  The stories about my youth echo this theme repeatedly.  And this theme has been consistent throughout my career.  Today I recognize my purpose is to help others recognize and share the best of themselves, as I pursue that same goal for myself.


Destiny, Character, and Calling

During my Higher Ground Leadership® training in 2019 I created my Destiny, Character, and Calling statements - my Why-Be-Do® for short:


My Destiny (Why I am here)

To help craft a more inclusive society.

My Character (How I will Be)

To be an authentic and loving person.

My Calling (What I will Do)

To model inclusivity through coaching, teaching, and writing. 


I love a good puzzle, and putting disparate ideas together is a challenge in which I frequently find myself happily engaged.  As my career has evolved, I find the skills I've honed in looking at things differently, creating unique results from unrelated but common inputs, and experimenting to find unexpected paths to goal realization has been a fantastic byproduct of my natural curiosity and drive to find better ways.

It is a great joy of my life that I am continuing to do these things and more, in service of others through coaching.  Along the way I gain more knowledge and experience, and that growth propels me forward.


Always challenging people to bring a spirit of play into their environments, I play while supporting multiple charities with my bicycle — including century bicycle rides (100 miles) and antics like executing 10 daily workouts on a bicycle trainer sequentially in one day (earning my KoS!).

If the Columbus Crew or FC Barcelona soccer teams are playing, I'm loudly cheering them as near to the field as I can get.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
And that first step is outside of your comfort zone.
Let's talk about what that journey can look like for you.

Alchemist: Someone Who Transforms Things for the Better

Today we recognize alchemy as a pseudoscience, and give chemistry its rightful place as a serious scientific field, but the two terms initially overlapped in meaning before separating by the 17th century, just as astrology and astronomy did during the same period.

Alchemy and alchemist are in fact older words than chemistry and chemist in English. Alchemists believed that lead could be “perfected” into gold, that diseases could be cured, and that life could be prolonged through transmutation, or a change of some essential element into a superior form. Their secretive experiments, usually involving heat and the mixing of liquids, led to the development of pharmacology and the rise of modern chemistry.

The long route to English for alchemist began with the Greek word chēmeia, which probably came from the word chyma (“fluid”), derived from the verb chein, meaning “to pour.” It then passed to Arabic, which added its definite article al- (“the”) to the Greek root. The word then passed from Latin to French before coming to English. Some other words derived from Arabic also retain the al- in English, such as algebraalgorithm, and alcohol; in fact, the transformative liquid that was constantly being sought through experimentation by alchemists is another word with the Arabic al- prefix: elixir.

This power to transform things for the better, real or imagined, led to figurative meanings for alchemy and alchemist.

(Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alchemy#note-1)

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