Dr. Kiki Ramsey is a Positive Psychologist and Executive Coach that helps organizations transform their people by using positive psychology and diversity, equity and inclusion approaches to coaching and training.
As the CEO of The Positive Psychology Coaching and Diversity Institute (PPCaDI), a leadership development firm that specializes in driving diverse organizational change utilizing positive psychology and DEI approaches to coaching, Dr. Kiki inspires employees to tap into their purpose, courage, and belonging, so they can do the work they love and love the work they do.
Dr. Kiki has extensive skills and knowledge in the areas of positive psychology, resilience, the meaning of life, organizational and leadership development, diversity and inclusion, women’s leadership, and advancemen
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We are thrilled to have you join us today, welcome to ValiantCEO Magazine’s exclusive interview! Let’s start off with a little introduction. Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your company.
Kiki Ramsey: My name is Dr. Kiki Ramsey and I am a Positive Coaching Psychologist with a passion for helping individuals and organizations overcome their challenges and create their own happiness.
With a commitment to making a positive impact in the world, I founded The Positive Psychology Coaching and Diversity Institute (PPCaDI), a leadership development firm that specializes in diversity coaching and leadership development.
If you were in an elevator with Warren Buffet, how would you describe your company, your services or products? What makes your company different from others? What is your company’s biggest strength?
Kiki Ramsey: PPCaDI specializes in diversity coaching and leadership development. Our difference maker is our proprietary method, Positively Diverse Leadership, an evidence-based approach rooted in positive psychology that fosters the intentional use of strengths to relate and communicate as an inclusive leader.
Through our Positively Diverse Leadership™ model, we pair two schools of thought that are often siloed and combine them to help leaders transform. First, we leverage positive psychology which has been proven to enhance workplace productivity, belonging, purpose, and overall employee effectiveness.
This is coupled with best-in-class diversity programming to foster an inclusive workplace, leading to exponentially improved team synergy, a sense of workplace belonging, and overall gains in organizational output.
Our Positively Diverse Leadership™ model set us apart from companies because it allows us to be the leading company that is helping leaders within organizations uncover their strengths to have tough conversations and build deep working relationships.
Quiet quitting, The Great Resignation, are an ongoing trend causing many businesses to struggle keeping talent engaged and motivated. Most are leaving because of their boss or their company culture. 82% of people feel unheard, undervalued and misunderstood in the workplace. In your experience, what keeps employees happy? And how are adapting to the current shift we see?
Kiki Ramsey: As a Positive Coaching Psychologist who studies happiness, I understand this issue all too well. In my research, many employees left their organizations in search of companies that had a greater mission.
These same employees were also looking for a place where they felt they belonged and a company where their own personal mission in life complemented the organization’s mission.
In my research, employees are most happy when they feel they can show up at work, and contribute on a higher level, all while being authentic and being able to bring their full selves to the environment. People want to be able to be themselves and be valued for who they are.
Online business keeps on surging higher than ever, B2B, B2C, online shopping, virtual meetings, remote work, Zoom medical consultations, what are your expectations for the year to come and how are you capitalizing on the tidal wave?
Kiki Ramsey: As a company that operates mainly online, I’m very excited that online businesses are surging. When the pandemic hit, it showed other companies that they could operate virtually and that virtual coaching was as effective as in-person coaching. Thus our business saw major growth.
I expect businesses to continue to operate at least a hybrid model. I also expect companies to get more and more familiar with virtual coaching.
With this being said, my goal is to try and help as many companies as I can transition their culture into a coaching culture and to use outside companies such as PPCaDI to do so.
Christopher Hitchens, an American journalist, is quoted as saying that “everyone has a book in them” Have you written a book? If so, please share with us details about it. If you haven’t, what book would you like to write and how would you like it to benefit the readers?
Kiki Ramsey: I agree with Christopher Hitchens. I wrote a book called Get Courageous Now: A Woman’s Guide To Finding Her Passions and Purpose In Life. Get Courageous Now, is for women who are tired of letting fear rule their lives.
It’s for those women who want more and know they deserve more but don’t know where to start. It’s for those women who need to understand their worth and their capability to make a difference in this world regardless of where they’ve been or where they’re coming from.
And it’s for those women who are ready to truly find their purpose in life.
In your experience, what tends to be the most underestimated part of running a company? Can you share an example?
Kiki Ramsey: In my experience, the most underestimated part of running a company is the amount of work it takes to develop new business. I’ve learned that business development is the most important thing in a business, and if it’s not happening then the business is dying.
However, it’s hard to get the right sales team in place to develop new business and as a CEO, you must always have someone doing the business development, even if it’s you.
On a lighter note, if you had the ability to pick any business superpower, what would it be and how would you put it into practice?
Kiki Ramsey: I think everyone has a superpower. My main superpowers are zest and my ability to communicate.
Although I feel like these could count as business superpowers, if I had the ability to pick another business superpower it would be the ability to sell my services and products to any company.
I think selling is a skill that many people lack. Although I can sell I would like to be better at sales.
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Kiki Ramsey for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
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