Who I Am and Why You Can Trust Me
The plaques, awards, pictures and certificates on my wall demonstrated I had achieved international notoriety. I’d covered signature magazines, featured on television, received book awards, taught and trained abroad, sat on boards and have even used my singing gift to perform for a Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Yet I felt something was missing in my professional life. I still wanted to show the world who I was. Something else within me wanted to be.
My gifts had brought me some successes, but I couldn’t say it had brought me contentment. I was addicted to achieving and it came with a price: my inner peace and sense of purpose.
One of the biggest challenges facing many goal-driven smart woman today is taking the time to experience life, slowing down to smell the roses and integrating who they are in the work they do.
Story + History
Often we’re embarrassed by the unsettling conflict surrounding life and work. But often the bigger problem in the workplace is working within a command and control structure where executives own and endorse all of the decisions.
There is still a clear mismatch between the way workplace cultures now prefer to work and how businesses and its leaders operate.
We're addicted to excellence. We fall in love with the need to contribute our best before giving ourselves time to reflect on the choices we make, the values and purpose we carry and grasping our full potential. So we end with living far removed from a flourishing life and career we were born to have.
As a former corporate executive turned entrepreneur, I understand the demands and challenges from both perspectives. Choosing the power of renewing my mind to develop the spiritual and emotional part of who I am helps me to choose my daily work based on what I have defined as my purpose.
This is why I sought to learn more about the behavior sciences and how the brain works to enhance my gifts and skills so I could make a significant contribution to the world. This decision to help people do their best thinking and build on strengths brings me contentedness.
Dr. Deana Global, LLC’s mission is to become the passionate, goal-driven women leader’s global partner in supporting breakthrough thinking and strength building solutions to see them ‘lead 2 flourish’ and enjoy more life.'.
I am Dr. Deana Murphy (Dr. D) and I overcame the missing chunk in my life by answering some hard questions, making some strategic life decisions and primarily by thinking differently. After all, thinking and ideas emerge from our brains, which necessarily demand the wellness of our bodies. So I became fascinated with the whole idea of wellbeing.
I've learned how the power of working with a qualified coach makes the mental shifts required before any behavior change can occur.
I challenge my clients to express their power authentically through applying appreciative language, simple neuroscience and positive psychology—the scientific study to human flourishing—which research shows to be predictive of life and organizational success. This is a win-win for both me and my clients.
I've coached, trained and made presentations on three different continents up to 4,000 individuals. They tell me they've been transformed and you can read their own words here.
When you understand your core brain and body abilities, everything clicks. You spend less time stressed about your life, work and future and more time enjoying a meaningful life and career.
Now I want to help you buffer the harmful effects of discontentment and restlessness in your life, at work or in your business.
I earn Economics degree from CUNY at Brooklyn and an Interior Architecture + Design degree from Northampton College, part of my MBA at Adelphi University and a masters + doctorate from Chesapeake Bible College.
My research has also received attention from O Magazine, Huff Post, HGTV, Panache Publishers and SAFM.
In 2011 Exceptional People Magazine named me 1 of 20 top business icons and in 2015 Philadelphia Business Journal named me among the top 50 minority businesses and in 2012 I ranked an outstanding leader according to The International Women’s Leadership Association.
I've authored hundreds of articles and 3 books: Designing for the King, Design Your Personal Awesome Future and Resilience: Living Life by Design—an anthology which chronicles the spiritual journeys of 12 professional women with restless pursuits of new challenges.
Using my character strengths of spirituality, curiosity and love of learning, I enjoy meditating, reading and traveling.
I drove from Malaga, Spain to Gibraltar Town and then up and around the big Rock of Gibraltar. I was caught up in a wave while at the beach on the island of Tobago, West Indies and landed on my feet (and I can’t swim), and am enjoying the challenge of reading a book each week, well sort of.
Having worked with and trained thousands of women and leaders, I've noticed a recurring theme:
• fulfillment and contentment are products of discovering yourself and who you are here to serve
• self-satisfaction comes in the significant, not the spectacular
• life meaning, peace and healing comes from a relationship with God
• thinking differently shapes your vision and perspective on life
• positivity = profitability
• the happiest people are the ones who pursue possibilities
• pursuing possibilities brings fulfillment and with fulfillment there's contentment
• education is the instrument to create today’s flourishing leaders
• the workplace is also an occupational calling (meaning + fulfillment = flourishing).