My Kinda People

Posted January 20th, 2012

The Secret SauceI choose my clients – and my clients choose me – with a great deal of intention. I like to think we find each other. I make no bones about it: I don’t work with just anybody. I’m actually quite discerning, and my clients seem to appreciate that about me.  Because they are, too. We’re a lot alike that way.

In order to facilitate that “finding” happening, I use words and images (call it a brand, a genetic code, or a genome) very deliberately that are designed to be a bit of a magnet – to pull the people toward me that speak my language, share my passion for creating change, and are eager to assume responsibility for making it happen – ready or not.

I call them badasses, pirates, radicals, rebels, heretics, boat rockers, apple cart upsetters, mavericks. Like me, they tend to be creative, intuitive, playful, curious, and big-hearted. They work hard, love a good challenge and prefer to move fast. They are decisive, impatient, fiery, opinionated, fiercely loyal, and stubborn as hell.

Secret SauceAnd while they tend to take on a lot and prefer to be busy, they can also find themselves exhausted, fluctuating between uber confidence and major self-doubt. They also tend to think they’re the only one who feels like this, and they drink up the company of kindred spirits like water.

We’re not all the same, that’s for sure. But I will say this: the women – and a few men – whom I have worked with over the years all share my affinity for the same secret sauce. It’s more than just a philosophy or a set of values…it’s a way we are actively choosing to be in the world. It’s the ingredients we find most delicious and use liberally to season our stews.

I call it our secret sauce. And I serve it up by the bucket load.

It’s not for everybody, that much I’ll assure you. But if you find yourself reading through the list of ingredients below, salivating and yelling “YES!”, then you’re my person.

  • Hard is one way to do it, but easy and natural is infinitely more fun.
  • Being ready is highly overrated.
  • Figuring it out as you go works a lot better than most people let on.
  • We have a lot more (ideas, courage, choices) than we typically give ourselves credit for, so calling bullshit on ourselves is fair game.
  • We don’t want to be given the answers, told what to do, or “managed” – we want to be free to create, design, make art, make it up, make mistakes, make fortunes.
  • We don’t do well when asked to settle – it just doesn’t sit well. Or make sense.
  • A change of heart – or mind – is part of the creative process. It’s why we course-correct so well.
  • We get inspired by boldness, bravery and audacity.
  • Words are like dark chocolate to us – they matter and we kinda get off on finding just the right one.
  • We are committed to leaving the world better than we found it.
  • Swearing combined with a wicked sense of humor is a surprisingly good lubricant for change.
  • There’s really no such thing as “the way things are” – that just an excuse.
  • We believe in leaving a legacy – the kind that’s primal and has us make the most of our time on this earth.
  • We talk about things in terms of being sexy, electric, juicy, magnetic and fanfuckingtastic.
  • There are definite links between creativity, spirituality, and movement – it’s all related.
  • Realness, honesty and plain truths are so damn refreshing – sexy, even.
  • It’s not about having the time, getting that degree, reading the right book or meeting the right people. It’s just not.
  • The world needs what each of us has inside us (our ideas, passions, solutions, love), so spit it out already.

Sound familiar?

Let’s make a point to meet.

You find me or I’ll find you. But let’s make it happen sooner rather than later.

Who is She?

Posted January 20th, 2012

Founded on the belief in the capacity of women to be architects of change, SheChanges is all about creating the space for women to listen to and honor their instincts. It is a catalyst for women to take themselves—their lives, their organizations, their thoughts and experiences of the world—more seriously.

At the heart of SheChanges is Lael Couper Jepson, a seasoned boat rocker and a trusted guide who rides shotgun with women as they bring their thoughts, ideas, and perspectives to the foreground, their visions to fruition, and their impact to the moon. Women are drawn to SheChanges because the secret sauce resonates deeply with them, and invites them to keep it real, get to the heart of the matter, and be slightly irreverent in the process.

She is Me, Lael.

Lael Couper JepsonA seasoned boat rocker and professional instigator of change, with a penchant for women’s leadership. I jumped ship in 2006 after eleven years as an organization development consultant and coach in the corporate world and founded SheChanges because I wanted to work with individuals, groups and organizations who share my impatience with the pace of change – people ready to buck the rules, challenge the status quo, and dare to create the change they want to see happen – ready or not. Truth be told, my mission is to start a revolution – one that leverages the power of women to re-imagine our world. Whether it’s meeting one-on-one, facilitating a group, speaking on stage or leading a weekend retreat, there is always a call to action embedded in my work, designed to inspire, ignite, and unleash the creativity, passion, and ingenuity I am convinced we carry inside ourselves.

 She is You.

The woman who is done waiting, is poised to make a leap, or is ready to consciously create the change you envision for yourself personally or professionally.  You are at or approaching a critical juncture in your life or in your business and want to be clear and confident in your choices.  You have the answers you seek, but you just can’t hear or see them clearly amid all the static in your life or the noise in the system.  You feel brave and courageous, but at times feel scared and alone. You trust your instincts and have faith you’re on the right path, but you have moments of doubt and confusion that can disorient you or throw you off course. You are independent and operate from a strong sense of self and an inner wisdom, but are craving a guide or someone to shotgun as you stay the course in turbulent waters.

She is Us.

The Secret SauceA community of women – and sometimes a few men – gathering to learn from and leverage each other. She is the archetypal feminine that is fierce, creative, and ripe with wisdom. She represents our collective voice, thoughts, concerns and actions.  She embodies the experience of women in workplace, in our communities, in our homes and in ourselves.  She is a place to be seen, to be heard, to be understood and to be taken seriously.  She is about change for women in the collective sense – about harnessing women’s voices and leveraging our ideas to create the change we want to see in our world(s).

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Posted January 20th, 2012

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