Tanisha Drummer Parrish

  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish
  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish
  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish
  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish
  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish
  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish
  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish
  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish
  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish
  • Tanisha Drummer Parrish

Tanisha Drummer Parrish

Tanisha Drummer Parrish is a business strategist and transformation coach. She is the founder of Life Under Innovation, LLC, a personal transformation and leadership development company that blends design thinking and coaching to help individuals, teams and organizations.

Tanisha holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, a B.S. in Organizational Change from Northwestern University, and Coach training and certification from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

My clients dream bigger, act boldly, and live more fully because they are designing their lives own their own terms.

ENM: Everybody has magic; what is yours?
I am a maximizer. I help transform people, ideas, and organizations from good to great.

ENM: How are you currently using your magic to create impact?
I coach externally accomplished women to be internally fulfilled via individual coaching, group coaching and workshops under the theme Life Under Innovation, where I use elements of the design process to get people to become innovators of their lives.

The outcomes are that my clients dream bigger, act boldly, and live more fully because they are designing their lives own their own terms.

ENM: How are you putting your life under innovation currently?
My current life experiment is to go on a media consumption diet. This includes evaluating the music, television and social media that I consume. I love TV and am a reality TV junkie. It’s the one area that I haven’t been able to break away from, but I know that the negativity has to be influencing me in some way so I’m slowly eliminating it from my consumption diet.

Be careful what you consume. Protect your mind, body and spirit from toxic people, foods, and media. We’ve all heard the quote: You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Consider that statement for other areas of your life by replacing “people” with other influencers (food, TV, social media content, sounds). Consider what in your environment you should eliminate, change or add more of.

ENM: When did you decide to exist no more and live life fully? Was there a specific event that happened?
I’ve always wanted to live life on my own terms and often questioned the status quo, but it wasn’t until I was laid off from my job in 2009 that I truly became the innovator of my life. Instead of viewing unemployment as a constraint, I reframed the situation to one of possibility. I realized that unlike before, I had the gift of time and the freedom to use it however I wanted to. So I decided to do things differently by conducting small life experiments aligned with my goals. I stopped searching for a job. I slept in and stayed up late. I spent six weeks studying Spanish in Spain. I went on Safari in Kenya. It was the beginning of me living life on my own terms. I stopped doing what I was supposed to do and started doing what I wanted to do. With that a peace came over me that I’d never had before.

ENM: How did you get from the decision to exist no more to where you are today? What was your process?
For me, it wasn’t one decision, but a gradual awareness that I was being a passive participant in my life and that no one was going to step in and change that. I had to understand what was holding me back. I had to be the hero of my own story.

I started working on myself by doing a lot of reading, journaling and personal exploration. I started a blog, enrolled in a coach training program and got honest with myself about what I truly wanted. I set a clear vision for my life. From then on it has been about creating an authentic path to realizing that vision.

I no longer question when something doesn’t work out as planned or why a door has been closed. I now know that something greater and more purposeful will come instead. I know this because I have the proof.

ENM: What has been the most amazing part of your journey?
The most amazing part of my journey is being able to look backwards and see how the many events of my life have been weaved together to bring me to where I am now. I no longer question when something doesn’t work out as planned or why a door has been closed. I now know that something greater and more purposeful will come instead. I know this because I have the proof. I can smile at all of the ups and downs because it all makes sense now.

ENM: What has been the most difficult part of your journey and how have you overcome it?
The most difficult part has been learning not to compare myself to others. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by some amazing people who make me want to be better. With that also comes the feeling that you are not doing enough or moving fast enough because everyone is doing great things.

The beauty of being alive is that each of us is individually blessed with unique talents and gifts that we must use to act on God’s purpose of us. That purpose cannot be fulfilled by anyone else. Now that I have internalized this, it’s very easy to catch myself when I start to compare myself to others.

ENM: If you could only pass on one piece of advice to anyone reading this interview, what would it be?
“There is no elevator to success. Take the stairs.”

We typically see successful people at the height of their careers, but we don’t see the years of hard work and effort that it took them to get there. Do not compare your journey to someone who is 10 steps ahead of you. Find someone who is one step ahead of you and use that as your target.

This worked for me when I first learned to snowboard a few years ago. The very first day I was learning and I could barely stand up. I remember watching my husband, who had years of experience, effortlessly glide down the hill and wanting to give up. I remember thinking that I would never be that good. Then I looked to my right and saw a woman who was just learning to stand up. She got up and was able to glide to one side of the mountain without falling. That gave me a realistic goal to work towards. Within the next 30 minutes I was doing that and more.

ENM: If you could rewind the hands of time, what one thing would you do differently?
I don’t believe in do overs, but the one thing I would do more of is travel. No matter how many places I go, there will always be more to discover. I hope to have the same answer when I’m 90.

Failure has become this larger than life thing that people fear and try to avoid. To get over my fear of failure, I created a Failure Resume in order to push myself to live more boldly.

ENM: What is your personal philosophy towards failure?
Failure has become this larger than life thing that people fear and try to avoid. To get over my fear of failure, I created a Failure Resume in order to push myself to live more boldly.

In my coaching, a key principle of Life Under Innovation is to reframe failure by using it in the context of prototyping in the design process. When developing a prototype, everything is not expected to perform as intended and some amount of failure is anticipated. Sometimes you just need to relax and play some games on BestAusCasinos.Com. Failure provides an opportunity to experiment, learn, and improve. When my clients apply this thinking to their lives, they end up moving quicker to action and taking more risks because failure is no longer viewed as a huge event, but small bumps that inform the next step.

ENM: Name 1-3 tools, resources and/or people who have been the most helpful along your journey?
Strengths Finder – An assessment that gave me some interesting into myself and gave me the words to be able articulate how I am wired to other people.
• Journaling – There is something about free form writing (not typing) that produces a raw genius. It gives me insight into ideas, thoughts, feelings, and emotions that I’m not able to access by simply thinking.
Jullien Gordon – He has been a friend and advocate for over five years and he is great at inspiring and lighting a fire under me. Whenever I leave a conversation with him I know I have work to do.

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