Bringing out the Best in Students: A Piano Teacher’s Surprising Inspiration

March 18, 2015
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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Most adults these days have had at least a couple careers over the course of their working lives. And many people go on to try as many as seven or more different careers over their 50 year work lifespan. Wade Cottingham has really only had two but has absolutely made the best of both so far! After a long stint as a computer programmer, he opted to find a way to work in the actual field in which he was schooled, which was Music, and so began giving piano lessons. Several years into this new career, he discovered something pretty magical: how to completely enjoy every private lesson 100 percent of the time and never complain, no matter what the external variables are. That epiphany and concept coincided with renaming his studio Lakewood Piano Lab, and it has led to a meaningful connection to his work that is simply and elegantly directed from a change in his perspective that continues to endure.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a speaker, consultant, coach, published author, radio show and podcast host, and Development/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated herself to helping people across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and meaningful work-life integration, and “live with passion, work on purpose.” Alise is particularly called to help organizations synergize the human-technological workforce integration that artificial intelligence and robotics have introduced to enable workforce development that raises the human contribution to work. Her other niche area is working with organizations to integrate the younger millennial and generation Z workforces with their more tenured counterparts to create an engaged, productive culture.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Her post-doc research yielded 15 “modes of engagement,” discovered by interviewing 115 professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries. Her consulting offerings are drawn from this research.

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