We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Hisey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work-life balance had changed over the last few years when I moved from the corporate world to owning my own business. It took me a while to find the right rhythm of working with my clients, sales and marketing, writing for my blog, and networking. After finding that rhythm, I realized that I do not have to work a regular 9-5 Monday through Friday. Sometimes I need to work early mornings, evenings, or weekends. If I need to work during those times, I set a time limit to not overworking myself. But that doesn’t mean I need to be “working” all the time. I find the right balance for working, vacations, spending time with my husband, and downtime for working out, gardening, and yoga.

Each “work” day, I take at least 15 to 30 minutes for lunch. Most of the time, my husband and I have lunch together since we both work from home. Every evening about an hour before bed, I do make sure that I disconnect from all social media and work email. This allows me to wind down and set a good intention for a good night’s sleep. I also try my best not to work on Sundays or vacations because that is my time with my husband that allows us to enjoy our time off and disconnect from work.

It is important to disconnect and recharge each day, even if only for a short time. We are not meant to be working all the time, and we need to balance that. As things have changed over the past year into a more digital world, it is important to “go” home and end the day by shutting your laptop. We need to take time to have dinner with our families and connect with them each day. Even in our fast-paced lives, we can slow down for a few hours to enjoy ourselves.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I love to help business owners and leaders uncover and solve their business problems with Continuous Improvement. I love seeing the light go off in people’s eyes are they see things start to improve and transform within the business. But the important part is the journey they are taking to get to that point. When I work with my clients, I talk about the journey, the methodology (Lean Six Sigma, etc.), and the tools they get to use. It is not about me going in and doing it for them. It is about partnering with my clients and their Teams to improve things.

I’m not your typical consultant or coach! I use a calming influence, Continuous Improvement, and Lean Six Sigma through regular conversations to help create effective change within my clients’ businesses. I partner with my clients to create lasting change and improvements that make them profitable, reduce costs, and increase satisfaction for their employees and customers. It is not about me telling my clients what to do but about partnering with them to make things better to become successful.

When I launched my business two years ago, I knew I wanted to help other businesses ready for change. But the one thing that I was not good at was sales. Even though each is of us is in “sales,”; in the corporate world, internal “sales” is warm vs. cold. Over the past two years, I have learned more and more about sales (warm and cold) and marketing to reach my ideal clients. It is about learning you reach the emotions and showing that you can solve their problems. While to some, it seems like it is a challenge, I took a different approach. I decided to use it as a time to learn and start to put things into action. It is about experimenting and learning as you go. This the power of Continuous Improvement – experimenting till your find out what works.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start by showing them around the little downtown of Woodstock, GA. Woodstock, GA, is such an adorable little down with great restaurants. I would see if anyone had live music, but the places I would visit for lunch or dinner are Century House Tavern, Madlife, Freight, or Ipps. After dinner, we would either go to Copper Coin or Truck and Tap. Truck and Tap is also a great place for dinner, depending on the food truck.

For the rest of the week, I would take them Helen, Canton, Roswell, and Blue Ridge. We would also check out hikes for waterfalls. There are so many wonderful places in all the little towns for food and drink. I would also take them for drives in the mountains, maybe up to Brasstown Bald.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, James, has been my biggest fan and supporter. Throughout the past 22 years, he has encouraged and helped me in so many different ways. As I moved through the different stages in my career and life, my husband and I moved through them together. I wake up excited each day to see the new adventures we get to complete.

Website: https://laurenhiseyconsulting.com/

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenhisey/

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ib5NBZmT297VHs4ORDNbQ

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