Hello, I’m Jeffrey A. Kramer, but you can call me Jeff.
I’m an author, coach and speaker who helps people and organizations become Perfectly Unhackable in work, life, and play. I have a special passion for helping people struggling with perfectionism. As a recovering perfectionist myself, I understand all too well the paralyzing effect an addiction to ideal can have on realizing individual or organizational success, or even realizing progress for that matter.
I spent over 35 years in public service and related organizations as an accomplished executive and leader who designed and built things. Important, impressive, even award-winning things, but things nonetheless. For most of those years I overachieved and overdelivered, and that takes its toll.
Late into my career I realized I wasn’t happy anymore. Sure, I still loved construction, the process of solving problems, and seeing things built. But the J-O-B wasn’t delivering the same J-O-Y any longer. To make things worse, I noticed I was losing myself, becoming more and more demanding and inflexible, with my perfectionism addiction reaching a peak.
One of my mentors said something powerful to me – “It’s hard to see the picture when you’re inside the frame.” I decided to step out of my frame and take along hard look at myself, my life, and what I wanted to do from that point forward. I realized I was happiest and most energized when I was helping others, coaching or teaching them, or when I was speaking for an audience. That’s when I knew that I needed to convert all those years of experience, the skills and knowledge collected, into something that builds people instead of things.
I worked with multiple coaches to clarify and write my OPUS (you can read it here), which is my personal statement of my purpose in life, who it’s for, and how I will live into it; to learn to manage my own struggles with perfectionism and productivity; and to transform my mindset. My self-image changed from Failure to Overcomer. I purposefully and intentionally named my company Ascension Leadership Group – ascension means to climb, to soar, to rise to a higher point. To reach new heights. I knew I wanted to create Ascending Leaders – people who want themselves, their family, teams, churches, organizations and communities to become Perfectly Unhackable and reach new heights of success.
When you and I work together, we leverage my past and present to create your future:
I’ve walked the path, and learned how to lead others on their journey. If you are waiting for permission, you’ve got it. If you are waiting for belief, I believe in you. If you are waiting to start, seize the day. Let’s build something great together – Let’s build you!
All that work I put in, the years of experience, the coaching I received, and the credentials I earned mean you are getting someone who is trained and qualified at the highest level of professionalism and service. When we work together you benefit from: