WE MANAGED, COACHED, FACILITATED AND CONSULTED FOR YEARS. THEN WE STARTED TO REALIZE THE BASIC PRINCIPLES AND ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE WORKPLACE ARE CHANGING.
SO WE CHOSE TO FOLLOW OUR GUT AND JOIN THE SHIFT TO NEW WAYS OF THINKING.
Our approach is borne of decades of hands-on experience designing, managing, and leading strategy and change. It is informed by years of study on emerging theories of leadership, culture and behavior. It is validated by continuous experimentation and iteration while walking our own talk. It is inspired by our unwavering belief in the healing capacity of conversation and the creative power of storytelling.
The Story of One Brave Shift
DANIEL P. DOUCETTE, Founder & Principal
I'd just picked up my salmon bagel stick and latte, and was waiting to cross Broadway to head up to the office. Suddenly I froze just as the "walk" signal began flashing. I couldn't move. A squeezing sensation spread around my lungs, and I quickly surmised that, incredibly, I was having a panic attack.
It was the Spring of 2008 and I was four years into serving as CFO for an international non-governmental organization. I loved that job and I loved that organization. My personal life was wonderful. By all accounts I was doing great, yet I was having a panic attack.
One year later, after seeking both psychotherapy and executive coaching, I'd gained the clarity to understand what had happened to me...
I had started to dis-integrate. I had lost touch with, or repressed, important parts of myself, and it had nearly broken me.
Over the course of years while pursuing my career, I'd gotten so wrapped up in achieving my ambitions that by the time I landed that CFO role I was playacting who I thought I was expected to be, but rarely being my whole self.
From the time I was a small child, I've been a very keen observer of human behavior and possessed a strong empathic ability. And so as an adult, I've always seen the patterns in how people interact, and easily gained an appreciation for what they're experiencing. But somehow fully being that person, Me, was often scary. Allowing myself to truly own those innate gifts every day was my own brave shift.
I firmly believe that organizations, too, run the risk of dis-integrating if not allowed to be whole. After everything I've experienced, studied and observed, this firm conviction motivated me to leave my comfortable management career and create BRAVESHIFT.
Many organizations today are getting results. They're devising smart strategies, assembling talented teams, and developing productive systems. But why, then, are so many people in so many good organizations feeling disengaged, stifled, and restless? It's because we're not cultivating the wholeness of ourselves, our colleagues and the workplace itself. We're going through lots of motions to produce results, but we're not attending to the innate qualities that make the organization and it's people complete. And if we can change that...make that brave shift...we can truly thrive. That's my belief.
Some days I think of myself as an entrepreneur and others, as an entertainer. Some days, an artist. A provocateur. A healer. Of course the truth is that I'm all those things and more. And if I continue learning about myself and being courageous, all those parts of me are brought more completely into my work and every aspect of my life.
KEY FACTS ABOUT ME
- BRAVESHIFT founder & principal since 2015
- Organization design advisor & leadership coach
- MA in Organization Development, Fielding Graduate University
- MS in International Development, Georgetown University
- BS in Latin American Studies, Georgetown University
- Certified in "evidence-based" executive coaching
- 11 years as a CFO and COO for international NGOs
- 25-year career in the for-purpose sector with:
- Rainforest Alliance
- American Cancer Society
- AFS Intercultural Programs USA
- World Wildlife Fund
- Myers Briggs: Extroverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging
- VIA Strengths: Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence, Love, Kindness, Gratitude, Creativity
- Enneagram: 2w3 Helper-Achiever
Action Against Hunger, New York
Diaspora Community Service, Brooklyn
Digital Green, India & San Francisco
from Clarity, New York
Green Chinmeys, Brewster, NY
Guttmacher Institute, New York
Helen Keller International, New York
The Hunger Project, New York
International Budget Partnership, Washington, DC
International Rescue Committee, New York
International Seed Federation, Switzerland
International Youth Foundation, Baltimore
Jersey City, Dept of Health & Human Services
Leap for Kids, New Haven, CT
Open Government Partnership, Washington, DC
PAI, Washington, DC
Summer Search NYC
Synergos, New York
Teach for All, New York
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