Hi, I'm Miki Johnson, a coach, facilitator, and cofounder of Job Portraits, a content studio that helps companies communicate and strengthen their work cultures. In all my work, these are my guiding principles:
Editor: Since my first magazine editing class in college, I have come to see “editing” as a stand-in for the way I relate to the world in general. It is a process of absorbing wide-ranging information, locating it in a larger landscape, then synthesizing and distilling the vital nuggets. Finally we wrap them up in a compelling story, one that helps the information zing straight into the the viewer/reader/listener's heart and mind.
Anthropologist: I don't have an anthropology degree (considered it, along with sociology, but stuck with journalism). Still, I am an observer at my core. At the zoo, I find myself watching the people more than the animals. Our lives are a fascinating web of relationships built around unspoken rules and unconscious needs. Transformation only happens when we understand ourselves, so I love making those invisibles, visible, the unconscious, conscious.
Asker of questions: People talk a lot about being "problem solvers." I'll leave them to it. I prefer to ask the right questions, to help people realize they already know how to solve their own problem. Then I'm there as their accountabili-buddy to help them see it through, so we can all enjoy that sweetest feeling: a sense of accomplishment.
Core skills: Coaching, facilitation, storytelling, community building.
Methods: Presence, powerful questions, direct communication, co-creation, vulnerability, exploration.
Life purpose: I craft meaningful experiences that connect people to their wisdom, each other, the earth, and our potential.