I’m just wondering. You keep saying it but are you serious? You say you want to be happier. You say you want to lose weight. You say you want to stop letting people walk over you. You keep claiming that you’re going to start living your dream. You keep swearing over and over that you are going to change. You’ve cried about not ending up in this same place again. You’ve even started creating pretty little memes about all the wonderful empowering things you say and sharing them with your networks. But are you serious? I’m asking because no...Read More
Adrienne Fikes, M.Ed.
Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™, M.Ed. is a Certified Success Coach (C.S.C.) and the founder of Soul Power, LLC. She has supported client business plans and initiatives at the executive, supervisor, organizational, group, and individual levels for well over a decade.
She specializes in promoting leadership development and accountability as a core business strategy. Adrienne worked as a management analyst with EMCUBE, Inc., a technical engineering and management consulting firm, from 2002-2010. Soul Power, LLC is a direct result of the vision, accomplishments, wisdom, and relationships Adrienne developed working at EMCUBE, Inc. Adrienne is certified as a C.S.C. by Success Unlimited Network® an ICF-accredited coach training and certification program. She earned a Masters Degree in Education and Human Development (M.Ed.) from The George Washington University, and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with honors (B.S.) from Georgia State University. She is a qualified administrator for several workplace competency and personality assessments.
Adrienne’s professional affiliations include the Success Unlimited Network®, the International Coaching Federation, and the American Society of Training and Development. Adrienne proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Parent Leadership Training Institute of Alexandria, Virginia (PLTI) where she has assisted the Executive Director with organizational development, facilitator recruitment, participant interviews, mentoring, program marketing, and evaluation for over five years. She is the current Executive Director.
I have always been fascinated by how people create unspeakable joy. What is that “thing” that inspires people to own and embrace their authority and influence over their own lives? Yes, I am a people geek. For well over a decade I worked on these questions as a training and development specialist, and management analyst. Prior to that, my background was working research projects in the area of child growth and development for a noted university. I spent most of this time being rewarded and applauded for my efforts while being completely frustrated by the lack of change at the heart of the matter.
The projects and issues I was being asked to address did not move me. I wondered why doesn’t that parent dealing with substance abuse care enough to change that baby’s diaper or play games with their child? What causes people to ignore the small things they can do to improve the overall health, safety and well-being of an unhappy unproductive workplace? Why won’t that secretary sign up to take those free college courses with her friend to advance and progress beyond that desk? Why do those executives think that the problems within the organization have more to do with others instead of them? Can it really be a simple as I think it is to make a lasting impact in a complex situation? I wanted to change the world. I wanted people to love what they do and love who they are. Loving who you are is the best way to be well equipped and willing to love and meet the needs of those around you. In the same way that leadership and personal accountability are the hallmarks of any solution I proposed, I challenged myself to be the change I wanted to see in the world. On the job, I chose to focus my energies on the parent that wanted to nurture and care.
The secretary that was ready to advance – alone if need be. The executive that wanted to learn how to lead with integrity. Simultaneously, I began to challenge myself to pursue a career path with unspeakable joy. My personal and professional development became a priority in my life. I began looking for effective ways to love and accept myself. Where is my responsibility for this circumstance. What can I learn about myself in this experience? What is the difference between what I say and what I do? Why is that person pushing my buttons and what lesson am I getting about myself? After years of starts and stops, I launched Soul Power, LLC in 2008. I became the Soul Power Coach™ to take what I learned over all those years and put it into The Live with Soul Power System™. I am doing this to encourage people like me who are ready to step out of the crowd and honor the spirit of love and joy that resides within all of us. That love and joy is what drives me to be of service to, and inspire others to embrace their own Soul Power.