042: Putting the Heart in Your Business - A Great Conversation with Deanna Gillingham [Enneagram in Your REALWORK]

Building a business has its complexities–but on the flip side, could it really be as simple as taking something you love to do and are skilled at doing that you realize there is a need for in the marketplace, and starting to build from there? 

This week's Enneagram in Your REALWORK Series guest, Deanna Cooper Gillingham, has an incredible story of going from Nurse to online entrepreneur.

Through her own personal experience, Deanna discovered an underserved group of people–nurses and social workers who desire to become Case Managers–and developed just what they needed.

In this great conversation, Deanna shares about:

  • Her heart as an Enneagram Type 2
  • The value of connecting to her Harmony Triad 2-5-8
  • Moving to live on a beach in Mexico
  • The business she built in some unexpected ways 

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About Deanna Cooper Gillingham: 

Deanna is an RN, Certified Case Manager, Author, and Entrepreneur.

She is passionate about developing the case management workforce. As co-founder and CEO of the Case Management Institute Deanna is dedicated to decreasing barriers to entry into this profession and developing case managers into leaders. She is also the leader and co-founder of the Case Managers Community, a group of over 10,000 committed case managers. 

Deanna has served on the Board of Directors of the CMSA Foundation, is a member of The Case Management Society of America (CMSA), Registered Nurse Innovators, Influencers, & Entrepreneurs (RNiie), and The National Nurses In Business Association (NNBA). She also serves on the board of directors of The Playa del Carmen Seaside Rotary whose mission is helping Playa’s children.

She is currently living her dream life in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. From there she is writing her next book or course from her patio overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Unless that is, she is traveling the world with her friends and family.

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Are you looking to get more comfortable with your Enneagram Type and Triad?

If you're an Enneagram practitioner or enthusiast looking to use the tool in the work that you do, check out REALIFE Enneagram Circles.

REALIFE Enneagram Circles offers three weeks of training through StartingPoint to explore–the 3 Centers of Intelligence, the 9 Enneagram Types, and the Harmony Triad Model followed by a monthly membership community with access to done for you resources to use the tool of the Enneagram with clients and those with whom you serve.  

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About Teresa McCloy:

Teresa McCloy is the creator of the REALIFE Process®, an ACC Executive Coach, and an IEA Accredited Enneagram Professional who helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders discover and live out their best REALIFE! She has worked with clients from all over the world to help them bring clarity to their REALIFE and joy to their REALWORK!

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