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About Dr. Bowman...

"I am an Industrial and Organizational Practitioner who is passionate about improving the human potential in the workplace and in the academe. In other words, I spend a lot of time as a performance improvement specialist and a coach with my practice dba Organized Performance, LLC and the universities I teach at.  I enjoy scientific research and have many unique research interests (kinda geeky I know!). I hold a PhD in Philosophy specializing in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a Masters in Human Resource Development and undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Business Management. I have over 19 years experience in Management at various capacities and am a 6+ year veteran of using social media. As a Professor in the academe, I am afforded an opportunity to share my experiences with doctoral learners as they work towards achieving their doctorate in either Organizational Development, Leadership or Business Psychology. Currently, I hold active memberships with various professional organizations such as ISPI, GIOP, ASTD, SIOP, SHRM, APA, ODN, St. Louis Coaches, etc. And as you can tell... I also really like writing about myself!"
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Her favorite thing to do after work:

"I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Before or immediately after work, I like to go for a run or head to my local yoga studio. Running grounds me, yoga keeps me calm and both allow me to think clearly (plus they're good for me!). I also have to admit, I often turn into a couch potato and need to just vegg to give my brain a break on some nights and/or if I'm not brain-dead, I will bury myself in a textbook."

Her all-time favorite book:
"This is a tough question because those that know me, know that I have quite an expansive library filled with many type reads. I'm often referred to as the geek in the family, because my head is often either buried in a book, I'm reading something of interest or I'm citing something I know based on what I've read. If I had to choose, then I would choose either Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson or Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson. Both reads are basically centered around change and our ability (or inability) and willingness to recognize and overcome the many obstacles of change in our lives. We live in a world of chaos where order is a rarity. When disorder or stress presents itself, it's because it is probably time to "reorder" into a new way of thinking or doing something. One of the top leader skills I preach about is being able to focus on the chaos and view it as a system, rather than narrowly focusing on the causal and decision factors."

An important life lesson she's learned:

"An important lesson I've learned (and I have many!) is that one has to enjoy life AS it's occurring. Life happens... don't wait around for someone to pull your strings because regret is just that...regret! I've learned to always expect change, because it's continually lurking around the corner. And so I consciously learn from the constantly changing world around me. I have also always preached that when you find yourself at odds, TAKE THE HARD ROAD! Do not be afraid of busting down that brick wall to get what you want, despite the emotional and physical pain. Always taking the easy road will not get you where you deserve to be in the long run."

What does she want to be when she grows up?

"I'm always thinking about what needs to come next as I move along my career path. Right now, I just want to slow down and focus on my job as a teacher. I find that when I have too many irons in the fire, I am not performing at my best. As I type this, I am reminded of all the shoes I fill (i.e., coach, professor, mentor, consultant, mother, grandmother, researcher, volunteer, speaker, etc.), but again my most important job task is that of a teacher. So when I grow up, I want to be at the top of my game teaching and sharing with others what I know."
Deborah Bowman,
Jun 6, 2014, 12:59 PM