Working with Tonya
As a scholar-practitioner, I love helping organizations and individuals become more adaptable.
That comes in a lot of different flavors, from vanilla (facilitation & strategic planning), to strawberry sorbet (training), all the way to rocky road (problem-solving & tailored research).
Regardless of the service provided, in the end my job is to help you translate your biggest, boldest ideas into impactful, collaborative practice.
I believe that the right consultant for your organization is one who does her homework, adapts well to changing circumstances, and leverages the wisdom that's already in the room.
Most people are far more capable than than they think. It's a thrill when I get to help leaders and employees to see that for themselves and put it to good use.
That's what success looks like to me and I love sharing that experience.
Here's what people are saying.
Our Strategic Planning process was engaging, well-targeted and positive. the entire board came away with an appreciation for our strengths, where we need to go from here, and concrete steps to take. Dr. Henderson makes you feel good about getting ready to work hard!
Very informative with a LOT of helpful insight into the solid working of our businesses.
Loved the speaker, always thought about patterns in trees and nature, now I need to put those thoughts into humans!
Dr. Henderson was a great speaker at the CTU Doctoral Symposium. Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us!
I found Management on the Mat to be a thought provoking class. The direct active instruction (both mental and physical) combined to make learning fun and effective. The indirect learning opportunity that I received from fellow participants was equally as valuable. I would definitely suggest this workshop to others.
Books, Blogs, & Articles
Management on the Mat
A blog about Yoga & Management
from my Gly Solutions days
Management on the Mat
A collection of out-of-the box concepts from our colleagues & collaborators
Managing Fractal Organizing Processes
A way to recognize and work with patterns of behavior in organizational life
Business and Entrepreneurship Lessons
from the summer of 2016
100 Time Hacks for the Insanely Busy Woman
Simple tricks and tips to squeeze more life into your days
In business and in life there is often a tendency toward perfectionism that can be detrimental to people and the organizations they serve. To move past the need to control every detail and allow for growth and creativity takes courage, and many of us can't find that kind of strength until something forces us to change. In fact, it was a series of life-altering events that led me to leave a stable job in the aerospace industry and go on to pursue a career in organization development years ago.
Like most people in my field, I think a lot about change.
Can people change? Can companies change? How do we make positive changes last? When is change necessary? When is it destructive? How do we move from coping into thriving? What does it take to sustain that move? These are questions that most of us face at some point, if we are fortunate to live long enough.
I first stepped onto this path in my 40's, when I began my doctoral work and— like so many people— I found that my whole way of thinking had shifted. What used to make perfect sense to me no longer did as I explored unfamiliar ways of seeing the world.
I became a life-long learner, thirsty for understanding— albeit as a bit of a late bloomer.
These days my writing and storytelling are peppered with research, life, and work experiences that run the gamut—from the US Navy, to business, complexity theory, motherhood, yoga, and everything in between. On the surface the mix may seem a bit eclectic, but each topic represents another piece of the larger puzzle. I like to think of it as my own unfolding fractal of facing each new challenge, learning from it, then sharing the lessons just as the next opportunity appears on the horizon.
I live to help give voice to big ideas, whether that means expressing them myself or creating the space for others to shine.
Thank you for the gift of your time and attention. Both are precious and I am glad you shared them with me today.