little girl dreams of growing up to become an ethicist. In
the fifties, maybe a ballerina or model. Today? Perhaps a
doctor or company president. But an ethicist? Heavens no!
So how did Olive end up as one? For the
complete story, the long-awaited book, “A Simple Path to The Good
Life” ™, will finally be available in bookstores
April 1, 2004. But for now, we can give you this short
and simple version. To begin with, she spent the first
half of her life, starting at the age of three, in one
of the most unethical businesses in the world - show business.
In 1985, Olive made a major career decision
and stopped recording and performing to become a full-time
After searching long and hard for a way to transfer her
expertise and talent in voice and performance to a new
venture, she founded Personal Best,®Inc., a company
initially designed to write speeches and train CEO’s
to improve their presentation skills. Within months, however,
it became very clear that the sessions, although successful,
were really about dealing with credibility and intentions.
Essentially, it was all about ethics. And power, control
and fear. “How to say what you mean to get what you
Based in Los Angeles, Olive was re-discovered
by the media quickly all over again, this time not as
a recording artist
and ASCAP songwriter, but as a CEO. And when she went on
Vivian Porter’s show on KEARTH-FM in 1986 and told
corporate America to “clean up its motives,” the
phones starting ringing off the hook. Her philosophy, focused
on showing senior executives and professionals how to be
more accountable to others and handle power more responsibly,
struck a nerve with the general public, too.
And they haven’t stopped calling since. Everyday
folks, students, kids, even grandmas, along with CEO’s
and politicians, have asked Olive for help in dealing with
the ever-growing stress, the lack of enough time, the unreasonable
expectations of others, and the endless demands of a boundary-less,
highly abusive, never-enough-time world.
Along with her featured speaking engagements,
media appearances, and lectures to graduate students
at prestigious universities
such as UCLA, the Universities of San Francisco and Santa
Clara, and Stanford University, Olive taught thousands
of adults at The Learning Annex in Los Angeles for seven
years. She has often credited this assignment with giving
her an invaluable “living laboratory” of dedicated
people who gave up their evenings for weeks at a time and
worked courageously with her to try and learn how to take
back control of their lives.
Today, Olive’s experience as a performer,
writer, teacher, humanist and philosopher has been blended
a common-sense, compassionate, and often humorous approach
to everyday universal issues and dilemmas we all face
one time or another in our lives.
She has successfully distilled the esoteric, intellectual,
dry subject of ethics into a simple, practical approach
that can be readily applied to difficult conflicts and
that ability has already enriched the lives of thousands.