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We are passionate about helping you become as effective and fulfilled as you want to be.  We have dedicated our professional lives to the growth, development, and well-being of others and we would not have it any other way.  What we have learned and what we hope for you is translated into the tips and insights in our book.

The four developers of the People Skills Handbook, PEOPLE SKILLS CARD DECK, interpretative ROADMAPS, and associated materials are colleagues who have worked together for more than 30 years.  You will find our card deck and sorting guide a very useful tactic for individual coaching, team development, or organizational leadership discussions.

Working closely to integrate the most seminal research and best practice, the four authors have utilized experiences from working as associates at the Center for Creative Leadership, Fortune 200 companies, and government agencies. 

There is no substitute for experience and expertise.

Judy Aanstad, PhDJudy Aanstad, PhD, earned her BA from Macalester College and her PhD from the University of Florida. She is a consultant, coach and trainer working with individuals and organizations in the areas of leadership, effective communication, career management, team development, and people skills. She began her career in higher education working at Virginia Tech and then Salem College, where she served as the Director of the Lifespan Center for several years. Judy has been an adjunct executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership for over 20 years. She facilitated two community leadership programs in North Carolina for five years and has worked with numerous leadership programs for government executives and managers. Judy is a Board-Certified Coach who enjoys helping clients develop the people skills needed to be as effective and happy as possible.

Pamela Corbett, MAPamela Corbett, MA is a psychologist and owner of Spectrum Psychological Services in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She was educated at Pennsylvania State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Wake Forest University, where she also taught. Before graduate school, Pamela worked in the business sector negotiating insurance settlements, co-founding a veterinary hospital and producing live television for a local cable station. She also earned a Masters Practitioner Certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Appointed adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, she has focused on leadership and executive effectiveness for more than 20 years. She combines practical business experience with academic training in human behavior to help clients, teams and organizations set and reach their goals. Community leadership and mental health advocacy contribute to her ongoing learning.

Catherine Jourdan, Author People Skills HandbookCatherine A. Jourdan, MAEd., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Coach who has a career spanning more than 3 decades developing her emotional intelligence skills in positions such as a senior staff member at the Wake Forest University Counseling Center, where she also taught in the department of Psychology, the Executive Director of a non-profit organization and a counselor in private practice.  Since 1977 she has worked as adjunct staff at the Center for Creative Leadership, providing coaching, feedback and facilitation in their leadership development programs. She earned her BA in Psychology from East Carolina University and her master’s degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University and spent a year studying at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. When she is not working, writing or traveling, she enjoys singing in the choir and spending time with her family and her canine companions.

Roger R. Pearman, Ed.D.Roger R. Pearman, Ed.D., President of Leadership Performance Systems, Inc. and TeamTelligent, LLC  is an award-winning researcher and writer of numerous books and articles on leadership development. He earned both his BA and MA from Wake Forest University and his Ed.D from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His career extends from higher education as faculty and staff, corporate leadership as a chief operating officer, to his current entrepreneurial endeavors. As a senior adjunct associate for the Center for Creative Leadership, he serves as an executive coach, program designer and trainer, and researcher. He is either author or co-author of a number of books, such as “I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just Not You”, “You: Being More Effective in Your MBTI(R) Type”, “Emotions and Health”, and “Emotions and Leadership”. His adult children are in the Marines and Peace Corps; he lives with his wife in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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