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Now on to my guest for today, Christina Eanes, a leadership coach who has used her love for escape rooms to teach personal and professional growth through her writings, courses, and speeches.
Christina got her start as an analyst in law enforcement, moving from California to Washington, D.C. to take a job with the FBI. After moving up the ranks there, she became a leadership trainer, and then left to start her own company. Four years ago she and her husband discovered escape rooms, and they’ve been hooked ever since, participating in upwards of 500 escape rooms. Christina uses escape rooms to teach concepts and help people become more aware of their beliefs and limitations, ideas she outlines in the book she co-wrote with her husband, Life Is an Escape Room.
In this podcast, Christina and I talk about how escape rooms can also teach you a lot about ourselves as well as other people: how we handle stress, what we do when the going gets rough, and whether or not you should give up when you’re nearly out of time.
Christina focuses on helping leaders become more transformational, rather than transactional. One parallel to escape rooms is that when a leader is done getting through their escape room, is their team ready to follow him or her into the next challenge, or do they want to cut and run?
Now, let’s get better together.
Actions to Try or Advice to Take
- Escape rooms are more than just a fun challenge. Some of the advantages are that they bring people together; they challenge you without requiring outside knowledge; and they test and show how your perceptions shape your beliefs about how life will treat you. They have been used for corporate events, hiring, and even for people testing out a potential romantic partner.
- “The best way to learn is to have fun,” says Eanes. People get so much more out of lessons if they’re engaged and having fun. Since she can’t offer escape rooms online, Eanes has found other ways to engage people with different kinds of puzzles and problem-solving scenarios.
- While Eanes has focused more on moving people toward a transformational style of leadership, she acknowledges that there needs to be a balance of both transaction (results-driven) and transformation (people-centered). Assess your own skills and abilities; where might you improve in your own life and career or business? How could, say, improving your communication skills help make you more effective at what you do?
Links to Explore Further
- Christina Eanes Website
- Book: Life Is an Escape Room: Applying Lessons Learned from Successful Escapeletes to Achieving More in Life
- Podcast: Quit Bleeping Around
- Christina Eanes YouTube Channel
- Christina Eanes on Matchmaker.fm