Published author, leadership and organizational development mentor, inspirational speaker, advocate for cold noses as healers Architecting a social movement of unconditional listening one voice, one story at a time
Each moment we experience and each person we meet are the puzzle pieces that complete the picture of our lives. Each piece its own narrative. When the pieces fit together, an extraordinary and beautiful story takes shape. In who we are and in how we lead within our families, in organizations, in our communities, and within ourselves.
After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the worldPhilip Pullman
Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guideMorgan Harper Nichols
Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the storyTim O’Brien
Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.Tim O’Brien
True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.Sheryl Sandberg
Life isn’t about finding pieces of a puzzle. It’s about creating and putting those exceptional pieces together.Glen Van Dekken
Some describe a life-changing moment as one in which the world grew dark and still. The moment in life when the ability to feel becomes nil. I have known this cavern, one in which I resided for several years. I couldn’t see it at the time, but light was still near. I stayed in the cocoon of this cave, the only place in which I felt safe. I lived in this cave, and I lived outside in the surroundings. Outside I moved through the motions of a reality I could not touch or reach. Outside of this cave, I heard “dishonor, undignified, a promise you did not keep”. Inside of this cave, faintly I heard “warrior, fight, there is purpose you are meant to achieve”.From Hope Has a Cold Nose, Jennifer and Onyx
Christine Hassing is the author of her memoir, To the Moon and Back to Me: What I Learned from Four Running Feet as well as Hope Has a Cold Nose, a compilation of life stories she co-authored with twenty-three veterans who found hope and healing on their journeys with P.T.S.D. with the aid of their service dogs.
Christine is a passionate advocate for holistic well-being, animals as healers, and the integration of pain, trauma, sorrow, despair, and grief into living a “hope-full” life. Christine’s capacity to listen and recount the words of storytellers create compelling testimonies that engage readers and fosters unconditional listening, understanding, and compassion for those who have struggled significantly with at least one of these elements (pain, trauma, sorrow, despair, grief). Christine’s gift of story listening, writing, and teaching of others to write their own stories benefit those in need of healing and provides a special and lasting legacy for those who wish to pass on a priceless gift to family members and friends.
Using her twenty-six years of industry experience as well as her MA in Organizational Leadership, Christine is a compassionate mentor, coaching individuals to find a centeredness in life, in their leadership, and within themselves. Christine brings the power of choice, resilience, and purpose in mentoring individuals and teams in how to flourish as change agents in their leadership roles and for their lives. Christine uses her exceptional exceptional listening skills to assess an individual’s leadership development needs, each individual’s leadership contribution to a team, or to conduct an overall cultural assessment of an organizationa. Christine then customizes a training plan for team growth, and maintains a flexible training plan along the way as the individual and/or team grows. The best and most sustainable learning comes in meeting people where they are at on their transforming journeys. Utilizing a holistic approach and drawing upon a wide array of learning tools, Christine walks beside an individual and/or team on their change management journey based on what will resonate for all involved as they develop and grow individually and together as a team.