We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Powers and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tara, how do you think about risk?
Every risk I’ve ever taken has led me to something bigger for myself and for my life. I risked switching schools in 6th grade so that I could be at a school that would support my interests more and ended up meeting some of my best friends that are still in my life today. One year after college, I risked quitting my first real paying job, leaving my family and friends and moving to Colorado, knowing only 1 other person. This led me to meeting my husband of 21 years, just three weeks after moving. I risked giving up my high paying Training Manager job at a fast growing company, to follow my dream of starting my own business, having little money to support me as I got started. This eventually grew into a global boutique consulting company that provides me with the opportunity to travel around the world and work with leaders and teams of all races and nationalities. Every risk was worth it because it led to something I couldn’t even dream of. When I’m afraid of what the risk might mean for me and my family, I always remember the saying, “take the next step and the bridge will appear.” That has been true in every risk taking situation in my life. Risk has offered me growth, learning, love and experiences that I am so grateful for. Just take the next step:)

What should our readers know about your business?
Powers Resource Center, or PRC, is a boutique consultancy, specializing in leadership and team development. We really found our niche in working with teams and leaders, and creating a culture of connection for Fortune 200 companies and start-ups. We use and sell a variety of assessment tools and I am frequently a keynote speaker at conferences around the country. After conducting a research study on the effectiveness of Virtual Teams in 2016, we were asked by Wiley to write the book Virtual Teams for Dummies and recently published Working from Home for Dummies to help support this new normal of remote work. We are also stoked to be launching the Remote Team Virtual Coach App. This app is based on brain science around behavioral change and creating new habits. I am most proud of the results we deliver and the long-term relationships we create with our clients. More than 90% of our clients work with us again, and some clients have been with us for more than 15 years. I love that we are seen as the ‘go to strategic advisor’ for our clients. We pride ourselves on being flexible, agile and over-deliver on expectations every time. I know we provide real value and real change for leaders because I get to see it first-hand and it really fills me up! I am also grateful to provide our thought leadership right now on virtual work and connecting remote teams. Unknowingly, we were way ahead of that curve, and this topic is obviously extremely relevant right now as the world reacts to the pandemic. How we work will be forever changed as a result of COVID-19 and I’m sharing many free tips and short training videos about this on my YouTube channel.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would check into the Maven in downtown, do a little shopping and then do a hike at Red Rocks and catch a show. We would certainly catch a Rockies game and then head to Union Station for some amazing appetizers and drinks at the Mercantile.

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?
My shoutout is to my husband Dan. As I have experienced success in my career, and travelled sometimes more than I would like, he held our family together and made sure that all was well at home. He never complained about my time away or how hard it must have been for him with two little girls at home and a dog who needed two walks a day! Rather, he just cheered me on, always told me to go for it and stretch my wings. I will be forever grateful to him and the space that he provided for me to fly.

Website: www.powersresourcecenter.com and www.VirtualTeamSchool.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taralpowers/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tarapowers

Youtube: https://bit.ly/3c3SoZL

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