Feb 8, 2017
Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview
Lana Holmes. Lana served as a proof-of-concept CEO for 6 companies,
and an investor/advisor to over 30 technical startups in the San
Francisco Bay Area. As the founder of four companies, she has deep
expertise in the complete entrepreneurial journey. Sensing the
marketplace needed more than business expertise, Lana invested in
her personal practice with an eight-year journey in earth wisdom
and oral indigenous traditions.
Listen in to learn more about how to be inquisitive, find passion,
and navigate your journey so as to pass down wisdom for generations
[3:21] Lana’s early career was an executive path,
starting at Xerox, where she learned to ask questions. She was also
one of the first employees at WebLogic as Director of
[6:56] Looking for passion in her life, Lana went on
a year-long walkabout, spending time in nature. She found teachers
who were students of indigenous oral traditions, and she asked to
study with them.
[11:39] Lana discusses the hero’s journey. She cites
Brian Johnson, who is launching Hero Training 101, after a life of
leadership and being a hero in his own right.
[14:42] Jim notes consistent similarities shared by
the various leader-focused guests on the podcast: asking questions,
telling stories, being curious, concern for legacy, listening. Jan
cites a TED Radio Hour podcast on “The Hero’s Journey,” and the
crucibles heroes experience. Lana talks about timeless earth
[17:32] Earth wisdom provided Lana with the essential
elements for navigation. Her organizational development work has
been influenced by earth wisdom teachings, and medicine wheels, in
relationship with nature. She takes clients into nature, diving
deep with them to make a quantum leap toward understanding their
[19:29] Lana notes that Crucibles impact people by
the power of the earth. She provides people with tools, or custom
questions, built on the energies of a medicine wheel, to navigate
[26:02] Lana urges aligning business with our
creates superstorm systems, that are complicated and challenging to
[29:54] Jim considers cycles to be critical. Ancient
wisdom teaches balance, and give and take.
[35:45] Leadership is one of the highest forms of
service. We must first come into right relationship with ourselves,
in order to be extraordinary leaders. Service begins at self-care.
Lana asks questions to reveal the brilliance that is already within
[39:32] The first step is listening to our own voice,
which requires asking ourselves the right questions, and listening
deeply to what’s moving within us, and then having dialog with
people, about those questions and findings.
Drawing upon the combined resources of a 28+ year
executive career in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lana Holmes served
as a proof of concept CEO for 6 companies and is or has been an
investor or advisor to over 30 technical startups in the San
Francisco Bay Area.
As a founder of four companies (2 consultancies, 1
service, 1 product), she has a deep expertise in the complete
entrepreneurial journey. More specifically, a refined knowing of
the inner and outer structures needed for successful implementation
in the current market place.
Sensing that the marketplace needed more than
business expertise, Lana invested in her personal practice with an
eight-year journey in earth wisdom and oral indigenous traditions.
Lana has developed skills uniquely suited for the opportunities
and challenges of our current world community and serves as an
advisor and guide to high impact individuals and couples.
Always listening and connected to a deep conviction
that the feminine voice holds healing and wholeness for what is
needed to restore balance and order among all humans, Lana accepted
the role of Vice Chair and Chair of the Nominating Committee on the
World Pulse Board and continues to invest her energies toward all
that serves and sustains life.