Noreen 2018 headshot photo

It’s likely that you spend more time working than you spend doing any other activity. Wouldn’t it be great, then, if you loved being there?

I once heard that the best thing about work was the people and that the worst thing about work was….the people.

You like your work. You’ve had great work experiences and enjoy what you do. Because you’ve been a good employee, you have been promoted or hired into a manager. You were excited about leading a team, but you’ve realized that it’s a bit more challenging than you expected.

You have your own work to do, bosses that have expectations, and your team members come up with new problems every day. You weren’t provided enough training, maybe not any, and you’re feeling at a bit of a loss about how to move forward.  

Perhaps you can relate?

Hi, I’m Noreen Keesey.

I’m a leadership development coach and trainer.

I help people better understand themselves and others and use that knowledge to improve their work environment.

About me, the early years…

I joined the National Guard when I was in high school. This was an unexpected move! I was interested in psychology and humanities and travel and, as my mother said, was the only daughter who wore dresses. (She cried when I enlisted!)

I attended college while serving in the Guard part-time and graduated with a major in social work and a minor in psychology. I had no idea how big of a role the military would play in my future career.

Military life…

I had just moved to a new town and was looking for my first “real job” when I got an unexpected offer to do three weeks of full-time military duty with the National Guard. I ended up working for them for the next twenty years!

It loved it because the jobs I had were in the personal and professional development, organizational development, and team building arenas. They aligned well with my interests and education, and I found great satisfaction in working with people.  

The two main themes in my career were developing leaders and improving organizations. So, I conducted a lot of training (for groups ranging from schoolkids to Generals), assessed internal processes, evaluated other organizations’ processes, and facilitated many, many work groups.

I learned about strategic planning, process improvement, personality assessments, emotional intelligence, activity based learning, mentoring, mediation and more. All fed my love of learning and kept me interested and engaged at work.

If it dealt with development, I wanted to know more. As a result of that desire to keep learning, I am a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Master Practitioner and a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths® coach. Two of my favorite tools!

I retired from the military with 27 years of service. I learned so much! I am a more confident woman as a result of my time in the Army and will always be grateful for the opportunities and experiences.

As I was nearing retirement, I knew I wanted to continue working with people who were passionate about personal and professional development. Coaching was a path I’d researched years earlier and that interest never went away. So, with an eye to starting my own business, I completed a coach training program.

Working age retiree…

Throughout my military career, I would joke about having an inner hippie and found great satisfaction in wearing tie-dye. I love meditation, yoga, and essential oils and am finding my way back to that foundation of who I am, while still using many of the skills I developed in the Guard.

The knowledge and tools I gained about leadership development, team development and organizational improvement are as applicable outside of the military as they are within. People deserve to do work they enjoy and to have good, caring leaders.

Today, I help people who want to do work they believe in and leaders who want to create great workplaces. It IS possible to love your work!

Do you love yours?

If you’d like more information about what I do, send me an e-mail at noreen@noreenkeesey.com or click here to check out my work with me page.