We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa H Harrington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m an army brat. The process of moving around the world definitely shaped the person I am today. I’m flexible and adaptable and I can see the nuances of a situation rather quickly, which helps when I’m working with my CEO clients. They often have to move quickly and I help them see the options. My dad was an amazing leader and my mother could sell ice to Eskimos! I think that combination in my DNA has served me well.
What should our readers know about your business?
I knew that leadership would be a part of my business life from a very young age. I was six years old sitting in my grandfather’s desk, knowing that I wanted to be a boss, long before that was common for women. Granddad was a pastor and he taught me about Grace. After 30+ years as an insurance executive in various parts of the industry, I realized I could help more people as a coach and consultant. I took my part-time consulting practice, which I started in 2009, into full-time coaching in 2018. In addition to facilitating Vistage CEO peer groups, I do strategy workshops, brand management and have authored a leadership book. My second book will be out in 2021!
Nothing about this has been easy, but the longer I relax into my own natural abilities the more I help others. Sometimes it’s hard to identify exactly what makes you unique, so learning to ferret that out has made a huge difference, even though it’s difficult. I have facilitated hundreds of DiSC profiles & workshops over the years and these have been helpful for me at every level of my coaching practice – for myself and for my clients. Uncovering the unknown and getting someone past their own illusions is a critical element. It also helps you adapt your style to best help those you lead. Strong communication skills are the key to every executive’s success. I’m very good at helping enhance that skill.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m in Southlake over in the mid-cities. There are four places we take visitors: 1. downtown Grapevine which is incredibly fun and it shows a piece of “the real Texas.”
2. Of course we usually spend some time in Southlake’s Town Square when we have guests over. If they’re in the mood for fancy we like Brio or Truluck’s. For seafood nothing beats Shuck Me. (Trophy club has Vinny’s Italian restaurant which is one of our favorites.)
3. For a real adventure we will go down to the Stockyards in Fort Worth and show off the fun touristy stuff.
4. And I never miss going to the Ballpark to see the Rangers at least a few times a year … and especially when my dad comes.
Best of all though, is my own backyard hanging out on the deck and swimming while my four dogs and the cat run around with us.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s impossible to select one person or group! But let me start with my family. My parents and my husband are deep reservoirs of support for me. There’s never been anything I’ve tried that they haven’t encouraged me to pursue, even when the going got tough. My husband is unwavering.
I also have a small group of prayer partners within my church family that has been with me through three career changes. Learning to understand your own personal value and accepting that value has been incredibly important to me, and these folks have had great influence in that transformation. Finally, the folks at the Vistage headquarters have matched my effort at every turn!
All photos my own except the one with the Southlake Chamber ribbon-cutting group that credit goes to Ryan Davis Media