Launching Tilt taught Pam some important lessons the hard way. Running a huge organization of hotels proved simple compared to the challenges of being an entrepreneur.
Looking back, it was clear that every lesson learned helped Pam to examine another level of complexity under the Tilt framework. With every challenge, Pam dug into another course of study. Prior to 1993 she had studied and used many bodies of work to shape her leadership theories. MBTI, Transactional Analysis, Attachment Theory, Enneagram, Psychology of Self-Esteem, Psychology of Flow, Appreciative Inquiry, Happiness Hypothesis, Aristotle, Trait Theory, Leadership Theories by numerous icons and much more. In short, Pam was a lifelong learner seeking answers to the questions many of us have about how to achieve our greatest potential.
In 2009 a partnership conflict threw her into a state of depression. To overcome it, she decided to test her theories in character development: She felt hopeless, so she needed to take action and do something that would drive inner self-respect - something challenging. She resigned from several board positions, stopped coaching for a summer, and devoted 100% of her time to writing a novel about character development. She told the stories of four executives on a quest for success. The act of writing the book gave Pam an opportunity for the creative healing and ultimate sense of accomplishment that helped her bounce back to work. She built new curriculum to teach other coaches about the Tilt model and approach, and launched Tilt Academy. Her husband, Dan, decided to leave his corporate career to join Tilt full time and support its internal stability. The business had begun to to show real promise as both partners made full time commitments to its success.