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Over the last 35 years, Rick Gage has worked for some of the largest, most prestigious companies in the world including: AT&T, Digital, EDS, Oracle, Hitachi, Siemens and Wipro. His clients have included a long list of visible, distinctive companies including: Microsoft, HP, AT&T Wireless, Nordstrom and World Vision.
Rick climbed the corporate ladder to Vice President with responsibility as many as 1800 people in as many as 50 countries. He was, in his own words, “a driven, classic workaholic”. He loved building high performing teams and creating a positive, people oriented culture. His passions for creating community and helping people reach their highest potential found ample avenues for expression.
But the obsession with work took its toll and in 2008, Rick reached a breaking point. His achievements were no longer rewarding. He felt there had to be something more. So, he took a leap into the unknown with an extended sabbatical, that he says changed and saved his life.
In his time away from work, he set out to explore how he could live and work differently. He approached is as a focused intense project. His plan was to spend 60 days to decide how he would live differently and then 90 days on how he would work differently. He laughs when he talks about it because, as he says, “only 30 days in – it became clear that these were really one big topic and it would be a journey that would extend through the rest of my life”.
In this journey, Rick has found a new way of being in the world. He describes it as a vibrant collaborative process with the intelligence of the universe that guides him each day. It’s a spiritual practice and mental habit pattern that grounds each day in “what’s mine to do, today”. Sometimes Rick describes it as “living with nothing and no one against me”. His face lights up when he talks about it and the powerful, transformative experiences that have shown up for him.
One of his passions in the last few years has been personal branding. He has been a coach and mentor for hundreds of people inside and outside of the corporate world. He loves helping people discover their uniqueness and develop opportunities that align with the deepest truth of who they are.
A few months ago, he took another leap into the unknown, setting an intention to move away from a traditional “full time” job in Management Consulting. While he continues to work part time in the corporate world, he is also expanding his work with individual coaching clients and sharing more broadly the wisdom he’s gained from his own journey. He looks for co-creative ways to express his passions in support of his life purpose: to build communities in which spicy consciousness thrives.