Ryan was in a management position in "Corporate America" for almost 20 years. He explained that during the last four years, "If it weren't for the money, I would do something else." Fortuitously, he was let go from his job shortly after that point. Ryan then took the Clifton StrengthsFinder, and it resonated with him. He saw it as a tool to help others and knew the science behind the assessment was irrefutable.
Ryan believes that managers in "the Corporate America world" can make that world a great place to work for a lot of frontline employees. He explained, "When I worked as a corporate manager, I spent 80% of my time on projects, and only 20% of my time on coaching my team." Ryan would like to invert that dynamic, so managers spent 80% of their time coaching employees and 20% working on projects. He said, "This is the key for frontline managers -- to become coaches."