Meet Chelsea Rowe

ChelseaChelsea Rowe is the Leadership Development Specialist at Kinetix, where she is charged with creating a disruptive leadership development program that turns heads. She combines the science with  practical hard-knocks lessons to turn managers from cat herders to kick-ass people leaders. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter to start a conversation or check out her blog at

Read Chelsea’s riffs and rants on FOT here…


1. The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your rants.  Go

Good science. Emerging trends/ideas. Only the stuff that actually matters to real people and organizations. Throw in some sex appeal. If that got a  “What the hell?” type response from you, perfect. Now think within the context of development and learning.

2. Now for the mundane – break down your location, title, company/firm and what you do for a living

I’m the Leadership Development Specialist at Kinetix, the RPO firm for growth companies, where Kris Dunn and I are creating and delivering a leadership development series called BOSS. It’s a 10-part series that focuses on the skills and conversations that modern managers of people should be having with the folks they’re responsible and better not screw up.

3. One more question that everyone expects.  What’s the reason you’re in this game? (why do you do what you do?)

I’m in this game to improve people’s experience of work and to help them grow and develop. Grow into what exactly? That’s something they’d have to tell you.

I’m particularly interested in working with leaders because they make decisions and show behaviors that can impact people across a department or company. I’m there to help them build and sharpen skills and sort through the messiness that comes with taking responsibility for the performance and development of direct reports. When leaders develop their skills, they become more effective and confident, which has positive outcomes related to the manager’s satisfaction and effectiveness… and the employees’ experience and growth.

4. If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate.  If we ever have a FOT convention, what theme music will you come out to to pump the crowd up and why?

BEYONCE. Diva… Because a diva is a female version of a hustler.

5. Let’s stick with the baseball theme.  If you’ve ever been to a pro game, you also know that the visitor doesn’t get to pick their own music.  The home team picks that for them, and it’s usually less than stellar, as a means of attempting to crush them.  If you could pick theme music for your arch-rival to walk into a conference room to, what would it be and why?

I’m not pulling any punches with this one. I think you gotta go straight for the heart strings. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. We all know that two people could have fit on that door. Pfff.

6. Finish the following sentence – “When I’m interviewing, I can tell within one minute that this thing isn’t going to work out because _________…”

Sloppiness is a no-no. Also, if I start wondering whether or not you’ve showered that day within the first 60 seconds of meeting someone… not a great sign.

7. Name the actor/actress who will portray you in the movie about you.  Why the heck is that a fit?

Has to be Jennifer Lawrence. She’s brings her A-game to her work, but is also a straightshooter, a klutz, and is very facially expressive. That captures me pretty well.

8. List three of your favorite books to pander to the educated segment of our readership…

Snoop  – because the nerd in me loves personality research, and his writing is very accessible and easy to read

Snakes in Suits – because this nerd really loves research that covers the dark side… this one’s on psychopathy

The Art of Racing In The Rain – because sometimes I put my nerd glasses down and dogs are the best

9. List three of your favorite movies to connect with the segment of our readership that doesn’t like to read…

Garden State. You’ve got to be in the right mood, but it’s so good. Soundtrack is among the best.

The Royal Tenenbaums. I love quirky, dry comedy that’s just a bit off the beaten path.

The Grinch. The Jim Carey version… I’ve been known to drop lines from that movie year round.

10.  Let’s reach out to what remains of our readership.  Who’s your favorite Old-School Rapper and why?

I’ve got to go with Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh. When more than 500 artists go on to sample from La Di Da Di… that’s pretty incredble.

10.5. My first car was a <blank> and here’s how it defined who I am…

2001 Lexus RX 300. It was a great car but servicing that bad boy was pricey… especially for a college student. I learned to buy the parts from Toyota and install them on my own when they weren’t too advanced. It played a role in defining my bootstrapper mentality. I work hard for my dollars. The last thing I want to spend them on is overpriced car parts. Sell me the air filter and the windshield wiper blades and I’ll handle it myself thank you very much!

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