Owner, Martha Ringer
As President of Martha Ringer & Associates, Martha lives and teaches completing as a way of life. Her clients include corporate executives, business owners and individuals in need of learning focused attention in their work. With over 25 years of business, government and educational management experience Martha has first-hand experience in what it takes to READ MORE »
Q: Please share with us the story of how your professional journey began and has brought you to where you are today.
A: Following a Sociology degree from a small women’s liberal arts program, I worked in Public Welfare in Massachusetts on the front lines and then as Director of an innovative Housing Program within the Department that led to National legislation being passed for low income families. Then I was off to the only women’s business school in he U.S.—Simmons Graduate Program in Management for an MBA and on to being a NY Banker (VP) in Real Estate Finance for 10 years. A consultant we hired launched me in my own business as a consultant in how to work effectively. He is now the guru of productivity (David Allen). After a 6-year diversion as Administrator of the University of Santa Monica Spiritual Psychology Master’s Program, I resumed Martha Ringer & Associates and for the past 15 years have been consulting with executives worldwide, assisting them in focusing attention and completing action.
Q: Who is a leader that you have great respect for and why?
A: The leaders that inspire me are those who demonstrate what they teach and are willing to put their bodies on the line. Their presence is calm, authentic, real, thoughtful, and they actually do what they say. Their gift is allowing others to learn what they need to learn even if it looks like it is off course.
John-Roger. Founder and Spiritual Director of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.
Aung Sung Suu Kyi.
Q: If a business has several, viable ways to grow and innovate, how do you pick the best road to take?
A: In my experience, the best way to move forward is to find that place inside that you can trust and listen to the inner direction to move forward.
Q: It’s hard to focus on the “big picture” sometimes because we can get caught in the weeds of work and life. How do you stay focused on executing your big picture vision?
A: Intention, for me, is how to stay focused on the big picture vision. Asking if the action you are doing is in alignment with the big picture toward which you are moving will weed out the unnecessary action.
Q: If you had the opportunity to give advice to your younger self at say the age 13, what would you say?
A: Your full time job is loving yourself and others. Let your heart lead you. Always listen to what you know to be true. Seek the input of others and then check that information within to see if it will serve you. Trust that you know what to do. And do what you say you will do. Stay open and expanded so you can receive what is given. Teach as the student and always be in a learning mode. Remember who you are is so much bigger than anything you will encounter, and being able to expand to your true self in all situations will be what can best guide you forward. Listen more than you speak so you can hear what is really going on. Remember to acknowledge and appreciate yourself each step of the way. Know that your divine nature is real.
ON Starting Out
Q: If you had a young sister or a daughter who was a senior in college, anxious about landing her first job or unsure of what she wanted to do, what would your advice be to her?
A: In my experience almost everyone has gone through this. It’s natural. Those who grew up knowing exactly what they wanted to do still have anxiety about how to make it happen. The key is to let the nervousness be okay. Don’t judge it or yourself. Just start moving forward, looking at possibilities, finding out what is out there and what you like doing.
I would suggest interviewing yourself and finding out what it is that you want to do and be clear in your intention. And it may be that you see a number of directions that interest you. Keep your options open, have fun interviewing and gathering information and see where it leads. Watch what you resonate with and be open to things you have not considered.
Have a clear intention that you will find what it is that will be perfect for you.
During interviews, bring your enthusiasm, curiosity and authenticity present. Remember you are interviewing as well as being interviewed. Be sincere in what you say. Ask questions. Remember there is no right way to go about this process.
Q: Even in a job you love, you won’t be able to utilize all of your talents or explore all of your interests. What other outlets can women connect to, to feel a sense of wholeness?
A: In my experience, having an inner relationship with yourself is where wholeness resides. I have participated in many personal growth experiences, from rope courses, to outward bound, to seminars. Finding what makes you come alive is key. For me it is writing. When I am out of balance, sitting down to write brings me right back to my center. Taking time to be quiet and listen inside has been the key to my wholeness.
ON Letting go
Q: Women often spend so much time judging their decisions and obsessing over the “what-ifs.” How do you let go of that doubt and focus on what is ahead?
A: Developing a listening inner relationship with myself has been key. I do a process of writing as a dialogue between myself and the wise part of me and that process calms down the “what ifs”. Having that inner source of knowing has been essential for me to know what to do next.
ON Self Care
Q: How do your prioritize your time?
A: I listen to what is aligned for me to do in the moment even if it does not make sense.
ON Giving Back
Q: Why is it important for every single person sharing this earth to give back in some capacity?
A: Service is the highest form of unconditional love. To give is essential. And having a giving consciousness continually gives back.
Q: Tell us what inspired you to write your book.
A: For years I can remember I wanted to write a book that could lift and inspire others. I thought it would be a children’s book like the books that inspired me as a child. I wrote 4 versions of this book, all completely different. Then one day on a business trip in Maui, I woke up and the words started flowing out on the page. It was one of those moments where I knew for sure I was being written. Then I had to share it.