Meet Kris

Kris Taylor

Founder of Evergreen Leadership, Co-Founder of LEAP, Author of the Leader’s Guide to Turbulent Times

Kris founded Evergreen Leadership based on her strong belief that the world is in desperate need of leaders at all levels who are effective our environment of complexity, uncertainty and unrelenting change. The combination of her focus on results and depth in adult learning and change enables her leadership development work, in any form, to be high impact, sustainable and focused on results that matter. Her firm specializes in fostering skills in agility, collaboration, relationship building, accountability and creativity.

She is the author of The Leader’s Guide to Turbulent Times: a practical, easy to use guide to leading in today’s times. Her firm works with leaders at all levels, from the C-suite to high potential emerging leaders through customized leadership development programs, coaching, speaking, and writing. 

Evergreen Leadership, is the culmination of her personal experiences and thought leadership in leadership and organizational agility. Evergreen Leadership has been recognized as one of the premier leadership development firms by the Center for Creative Leadership. 

Over 70 organizations have partnered with Kris and her firm since 2004 to develop leaders and to implement transformational change. This work has spanned industries including health care, utility and energy organizations, professional service firms, higher education, manufacturing, non-profit and supply chain organizations.

Kris holds a Master’s Degree from Krannert Business School at Purdue University. She was on the faculty of the Purdue Entrepreneurship program and taught two capstone courses there for five years.

Kris's Story

Call me the change lady…..I have been way ahead of the curve on this one. The prediction is that current college grads will have at least 6 different careers – several of them that don’t even exist today!  To date, I’ve had 9 careers across 6 companies – in addition to starting 3 companies. My longest length of employment was with RR Donnelley – where in 13 years I had 11 different roles – ranging from HR leader to manufacturing supervisor. I envision working for another 15 to 20 years – so the final count is yet to be seen.

Some of my career transitions were well planned, beautifully executed and smashing successes. Far too many, especially early, came with plenty of angst, drama and very rough landings. As I look back, each one was a step along a journey – both in skills but also in the grace and ease in which the transition occurred.

Work and careers are not the only place in which I’ve learned to navigate change successfully. My husband and I lost all we had (and we didn’t have all that much) in a fire 10 months into our marriage. We’ve dealt with flooding, a direct hit to our house from a tornado, and being a hair’s width away from personal bankruptcy.  We’ve moved multiple times and have worked through my husband’s downsizing from a 20 year career, a subsequent move into entrepreneurship, two successful business launches and one colossal failure.  And lived through it! No – actually it is better described as living and learning and growing through it.  My life has never been better than it is right now. K. Taylor & Associates is the penultimate role for me – an indication that perhaps I have learned much about transition and landing well.

I’ve always been an avid learner, explorer and synthesizer – and overarching passions have included wanting to help myself and others realize more and more of their potential, finding ways to improve myself and the world around me and an unfailing belief that things can get better. I love business and working with leaders and the opportunity to help improve their leadership skills and then the organization as a result. I love to simplify complexity – finding the inner concept that crystallizes things and makes the path perfectly clear. I am passionate about learning – through exploration, reading, doing and reflecting.

It’s my heart’s desire that I share what I’ve learned about personal growth, change, and transformation to help others move through today’s challenging environment well – with purpose, intention, grace and ease. I want to help others learn what I have – without painful years of trial and error. If I can make the journey lighter and easier and at the same time make the destination point richer and fuller – then I will have succeeded. If I can help leaders learn how to lead in today’s turbulent environment and as a result, create much better outcomes for themselves and the organizations they lead, I will have fulfilled my life’s mission.

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