We had the good fortune of connecting with James Davis-Massey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Humanness. I saw the gap, the need, and the yearning to bring humanness back into the workplace and for people to share their inner strengths in a meaningful way. I saw that employees, leaders and teams all truly wanted this in their careers. I’ve seen so many organizations struggle to really foster authentic, trusting and meaningful human relationships. They leave the “human” out of human resources. I see myself as the catalyst to connect the human part of the workplace to strategy and the bottomline. I truly love people! I thrive on connecting with human beings on a deep level. My superpower is quickly creating a safer space for individuals and teams to build trust and speak their truth. From there, I can foster meaningful and sustainable transformation. Once I decided to start walking towards building a life and career around my soul’s purpose and my strengths versus doing what I thought “I should or ought to do”, an exciting path opened up and gave me the courage to build my own coaching and consulting business. I’d been working internally in organizations doing similar work for over a decade but was unable to be truly aligned with my personal, what I call a more human, approach to coaching and organizational development. Coaching and consulting around unlocking humanness in the workplace is what I am called to do!
What should our readers know about your business?
The Human Blueprint is a coaching and consulting group committed to unlocking the humanness in leaders, the workplace and the world. We truly believe that humans are our greatest resource and when we are all tuned in to our head, heart and soul, only then will the world be a better place. I like to think of this as empowered authenticity. We have several programs: The Leadership Blueprint The Team Blueprint The Organization/Culture Blueprint Our approach is significantly different from what others are doing in the realm of leadership and organization development. The traditional approach to leadership and organization development started and ended with classroom training and business acumen. While these are important, we have experienced sustainable and authentic transformations when leaders, teams, organizations and communities connect with and integrate the wisdom from the individual and collective head, heart and soul. We integrate meditation, breathing, education and one-on-one conversations to address the whole person. I think we all can agree that the current state of our world cannot be solved simply through a white paper or with logic alone; knowledge is a key component, but real transformation happens when people are able to connect with their heart and soul as well as their head. We are most excited about our human approach to working with individuals – the head, heart and soul. We define the head as Intellectual Intelligence (IQ), a person’s reasoning ability compared to statistical norms, or Positive Intelligence (PQ), a term coined by Chamine Shirzad, which is our inner critic or how we talk to ourselves. We also integrate the heart, or Emotional Intelligence (EQ), a concept which gained popularity in the mid-90’s by Daniel Goleman. EQ refers to one’s ability to be aware of and express one’s own emotions as well the ability to handle interpersonal relationships with empathy and grace. Finally, we integrate the Soul Intelligence (SQ), and feel this is our edge. SQ is understood and experienced only by connecting with our physical and energetic bodies through breath, movement and deep listening. The Human Blueprint is successful because I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk. I’ve gotten clear on my personal and professional aspirations and goals not by thinking my way into clarity but by really pausing and listening to the deep yearning of my soul. I’ve also realized that I can’t do this work alone. I have a brilliant and diverse group of professionals that partner with me in various capacities in order to provide the greatest influence and impact. I envision a day when our world is collectively aligned with our head, heart and soul. This would be true authentic empowerment. That would be next level!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve been in Denver since October of 1998 so I’ve experienced this city grow and expand. With that being said, my hangouts have changed over the years. We’d start our day out by going for a run around Sloan’s Lake and afterward get grounded in our bodies through a home yoga practice…or possibly attend a virtual session with Derik Eselius at Denver Yoga Underground. I love the outdoors, exercise, food, drinks, adventure and good authentic conversation. Next, we would grab a couple of bicycles, identify a starting destination and then let the day unfold. We would probably start by grabbing an appetizer and a margarita at El Camino, then head downtown to find our next hangout. Most likely we would stop somewhere on the Platte River trail to sit and listen to the river and people watch. From there, I’d look for a local restaurant or bar to grab another bite and a drink… and at some point we would make a pit stop and grab ice cream at Sweet Cow. After our day of adventure, we would head home and prepare for an upscale dinner at LeRoux or ChoLon on the 16th Street Mall. We would end our day with some live music or the theatre. So if that is our day, could you imagine our week? The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wowza! This is a big question. I am beyond grateful for so many people that have supported, mentored, coached and inspired me in my personal and professional life. The foundational support is my Grandma Betty Davis. She always told me that I could do anything that I set my mind to. She believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. She was the person I could call and talk with about anything. I also want to give a big shoutout to my husband, Christopher, for his love, partnership, encouragement and support. I could not have taken this step without him.