We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronald Chapman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ronald, how does your business help the community?
At the root of all my work in the world is development and the realization of potential. That’s true whether my client is an organization, a leader, a professional, a parent or someone in recovery. At best, we aim for transformational outcomes, to create breakthroughs. Truth be told though, when you understand that all development and advancement is a spiral, either progressing upward, or digressing downward, what the world and its people really need are mindsets, frameworks and practices that always move us along the spiral with as much awareness as we can cultivate. It’s a lot like continuous quality improvement, a process that slowly, steadily and surely allows us to progress … and every now and again produces transformational results as a byproduct. That’s a beautiful and sustainable design.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Thankfully my mentors and teachers helped me see that my talents can be put to good use in what can only be described as an unbounded playground. The values learned through social work allow me to greatly appreciate and relate to others. Excellent acquired skills in leadership, strategy, business, systems, speaking and facilitation come together in pretty remarkable ways quite often. Currently there are several practice spaces in which this occurs for me. A large amount of my time is spent working with organizations and professionals in public health through one venture, LeadingPublicHealth.com. The next largest component is a broader body of developmental work, i.e. consultation and coaching, through MagneticNorthLLC.com. On the side, I’m quite involved in the recovering communities through ProgressiveRecovery.org, which is a great opportunity to pay it all forward, or to pass it on. Then my more creative ventures are represented in my trademarked work called Seeing True, a transformational philosophy and practices that run through all my activities. SeeingTrue.com That latter arena has been the playground for books and audio sets which can be found at my primary site RonaldChapman.com.
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?
Wow … so many possibilities for those of us who wanderlust! Always good options for driving north into that remarkable mountain terrain of North Georgia and Western North Carolina. One can easily get a great fix of art and beauty at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the High Museum, or Gibbs Gardens. And how can we not mention the foodieness and all the inventive restaurants running from nouveau southern to barbeque to farm to table.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s no such thing as a self-made man or woman. Each of us are in large part the beneficiary of the contributions of all those giants in our lives and world who provided or nurtured everything from our genetic code to our values. Even this democracy or health are given to us through the work of others. So while I celebrate the gift of our ability to make things happen in and through our lives, the credit goes to all those magnificent others who made us possible.