Tamica Sears- HR Consultant, Author and Executive Coach The Corporate Fixer is this week’s featured author
Tamica Sears’ mission is to help people become more self-aware so that they can lead from a place of authenticity and self-acceptance. She believes that everyone should be able to bring their whole selves to work and have the opportunity to be innovative and empowered. As an HR Professional Executive Coach, for the past 20 years, she has had the honor of coaching and developing leaders in a wide range of organizations, from Fortune
100 companies to mom-and-pop shops. Her primary focus is helping them increase productivity and revenue through higher employee engagement.
The greatest reward she says she gest from doing this work is “knowing that I am helping to transform corporate America into a more innovative and inclusive workplace. I am grateful to be a major player in changing corporate culture. I’m originally from Boston, MA, but now I call Phoenix, AZ home. I published a collection of motivational quotes and affirmations, You Are Enough, and a leadership self-help book How To Tell If You’re An A**Hole Boss, which can be found on Amazon, and I am also a proud mother of 2 adult children and the cutest dog in the country.
About her new book: Real talk. The only shame in the game is if you aren’t willing to hear it and this book DELIVERS. Highly relatable, fair, humorous and full of the reminders and reflections that inspire change, this book is for those emerging or expanding into leadership positions, who need a gut check, or are finally willing to accept the old school/my way is truly tanking their career.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a reader, when my sister and I little instead of getting grounded our punishment was not being able to read. When it comes to writing, I knew that I wanted to get a message out but I wasn’t sure how until I had some time to think about last year.
What is your book about?
My book is about interactions that I have had with leaders. It’s stories about how management can go a bit sideways and get off track and also how to get back on track and get better. Along with the stories there are areas for reflection and tips on how to improve your leadership skills
Why did you want to write this book?
I had a miserable experience last year. I worked for a company that had the most awful leadership, just terrible. Things started off great but when things got rocky, the real personalities showed up and wow, the callousness and the lack of empathy blew me away. As their head of HR, I had to choose between my pay check and my integrity. Needless to say, I chose my integrity. I quit with nothing lined up, started consulting and wrote a book to help other people not experience what I have.
What was the most difficult part about writing the book? The most rewarding?
The most difficult was finding the time. I was get off track and I just couldn't get it done. Then a friend of mine asked me to puppysit during the day because his dog broke his leg. It was just what I needed. I wrote most of the book with a little Staffie puppy sleeping on my lap! The most rewarding was when I got my first copy. That’s when I realized I’d actually done it!
What do you hope other people will take away from reading your book?
I hope that people will learn to not take themselves too seriously, to have empathy, and to give grace. Leadership is an ever-evolving journey, everyone makes mistakes along the way. It’s all about picking the pieces back up and moving forward.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A Snickers bar and a can of coke is not a proper breakfast! And listen. I wish that I’d learned to really listen to people sooner than I did.
How long did it take to write your book?
I wrote an outline in 2016 but never really fleshed it out. During COVID, I did some writing, but I couldn’t really find my groove. Once I did, I wrote pretty much all day for about 8 weeks and got it done. Thankfully, I wrote about true experiences so it wasn’t as hard as it would have been to write a
fiction book. I am floored by authors who write fiction books well. Caroline Overington, for example. She makes people up from scratch and you feel like you know them when you read her work. That would take me years!
What was the biggest challenge in writing your book?
The memes! I had to create them and then I had to choose which ones to use and for some reason, that was hard for me. It was like choosing which kitten to take home, I wanted to use them all!
Who are your favorite authors (and why)?
Caroline Overington. She is just amazing. When I read her books I get fully immersed. She has a way of telling a story that draws you in. I look up and I’m like, oh yeah, I’m in my living room. I love Joyce Maynard. Her work makes me feel all the feels. There is something about the way that she describes relationships and love that is so powerful. I also love John Scalzi. That man is a genius and writes sci-fi in a way that makes things seem completely possible. After reading Lock In I kept looking around for my Threep.
What is your favorite book in the same genre as your work?
My favorite leadership development book is “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team”. A mentor gave it to me several years ago and it was like a switch flipped. I was like YES, why doesn’t everyone read this and do what he says!
What does literary success look like to you?
It looks like this. I wrote a book and people read it. It doesn’t matter if it was one person or a million people. I wrote a book and people read it. Done. I’m happy.
What’s the best writing advice you ever received?
During my writing process, I realized that something wasn’t quite right with me. I was really struggling to organize my thoughts and just sit down and write. Then I found out that I have ADHD so the best advice that I got was from the doctor who told me that the creative process doesn’t have to be painful, struggling through something doesn’t make anyone strong, and it’s okay to ask for help.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known at the beginning of your writing journey?
That I had ADHD. That would have saved me a heck of a lot of time. I also wish that I’d been more prepared for the marketing/PR side of things.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I am an HR Consultant and Executive Coach. So, when I’m not writing, I’m doing the things that I write about. I am looking forward to traveling again and spending more time with my family and friends.
What’s next for you?
Implementing a leadership development program based on the book. It’s been a huge undertaking, possibly even more so than writing the book itself. I’ve been asked if I am going to write another book and I think that I am, but I think this time I will get stories from people that I know.
How can our readers get a copy of your book?
They can find it on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com Amazon author page; https://www.amazon.com/author/tamicasears
What is the best way for our readers to connect with you?
The best way to connect with me is on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamicasears