Before immigrating to the United States at age eleven, I lived in Germany. My fascination with human behavior began as an eight year old who read–under bed covers by flashlight and against strict maternal instructions–mythological stories and Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. They fired my imagination and a hunger to understand people. Since I wanted to solve the puzzle of people losing their early enthusiasm for learning, I became an educator. Starting in academia–I have a Master’s degree in French Literature and speak three languages fluently–and then moving into the world of business–first as a consultant, then as an internationally certified executive and team coach with clients in North America, Europe, and Australia–I got interested in unconventional models of learning.
While working as a teacher with inner-city at-risk youth who seemed to hate to learn, I started experimenting with and developing innovative educational models. Certain that a disdain for learning is unnatural, I submit that learning environments must help people–adults in corporate America included–get out of their own way. My ability to create rich learning environments was facilitated as much by non-traditional learning experiences like waitressing, horse and dog training, all of which required me to be “client-centered,” as by my graduate work in psychology and experiential education design. The Un-Gameis a novel whose characters work in such a rich learning environment. My intention is to engage you in a learning process that supports exceptional effectiveness at work and transfers to your life beyond work. I live with my husband, Joe, our three horses, Snowman, Holly and Dash, and two dog friends, Zen and Zumba, near Austin, Texas.