Going beyond the church walls is more than a saying to Kashonna Holland. It’s a charge that she strives to utilize in corporate America.
As a training and development facilitator for public and private industries across the nation, Holland spreads God’s message of hope to executives and their staff as she teaches them to show respect, love and unity towards one another.
Holland expertise lies in transformational leadership development and personal empowerment and she emphasizes those qualities through interactive group/focus sessions on topics such as Customer Service, How to Handle Difficult People, Navigating Conflict, Emotional Intelligence, Developing Yourself and Others, Behavioral-Based Interviewing, and Diversity and Inclusion.
“My main message is a message of hope and I have a wonderful and very unique opportunity to take the gospel outside of the four walls and touch people with this universal message, whether they are believers or not,” said Holland.
Previously a full-time pastor, Holland changed careers and started her business more than six years ago. Since that time, she has traveled to board rooms and break rooms in federal offices and private companies to teach employees how to be productive and caring in the workplace. Also, she has facilitated and provided training for both the DISC and Myers Briggs personality assessments.
“At the end of the day, I like to say that I teach grown people how to get along with one another. It is really wonderful to be in a training session and touch the hearts of the people who are in attendance and give them hope through the session. It is a blessing,” she said.
“Soft skills are definitely needed in the workplace. Whether it is a large organization or a small one, people need people skills. I believe that along the way our culture has discounted the soft skills needed to be better communicators in our families or our jobs,” insisted Holland.
During her training, Holland espouses biblical doctrine without directly quoting scripture. For example, she might say, “To whom much is given, much is required,” and she believes most people, regardless of their background, understand the meaning of that statement. At another point in her instruction, she might refer to “the golden rule” and again, the majority of listeners will translate that to “treat others the way you want to be treated.”
“I may say other scriptures people that may not necessarily know of, I am just not saying that it is a scripture or that this comes from the Bible,” explained Holland. “I make it more palatable for people and I believe that sometimes, we can be a little aggressive in the church when we try to bully people into loving God. But, that is not the answer. People need to be loved, they need empathy and they need to know that somebody cares for them regardless of where they are in life.”
Many of Holland’s strategies can be found in her book, “7 Days to Simply Shift: A Daily Guide to Transforming Your Mindset Personally, Professionally and Spiritually.” The book is designed to help people discover the root cause of their discontent with life and make the needed adjustments to live confidently and victoriously as well as relate better to others, both on the job and at home.
Describing her writings as “a small book with a big impact,” Holland said that she aimed to assist people in understanding that “the smallest thing that they do in their life can make a huge shift.”
“When you read this book and take a total of 21 days on your personal, professional and spiritual walk, I guarantee that a small shift will began to make a huge difference in your life,” she declared.
And that is what her training sessions seek to do – guide people towards making a shift in their on-the-job behavior, which will likely inspire positive changes in other areas and ultimately lead to a satisfied life.
“Remember who you are and even though no one no one wants you to compromise who you are, always work to be a better you,” advised Holland. “Just run your own race and get out of everyone else’s lane and you can’t help but to win!”
To learn more, visit simplykashonna.com. “7 Days to Simply Shift: A Daily Guide to Transforming Your Mindset Personally, Professionally and Spiritually” is available at Amazon.com.