Authenticity

5 Precious Lessons of 2017

As the year comes to a close. As I entertain old friends visiting from abroad. As I savor hot days frolicking with my young sons in our back yard pool.  As I step back and breathe, giving myself time to recharge after a rather exhausting year filled with new opportunity and creative collaboration. I feel…excited.…

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I Love My Inner Grinch

“It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.” You probably know the story. Many of us can recite much of the poem. And I know I, for one, eagerly flip through my cable program guide every year at this time looking for it.…

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Courageous Grace: A New Kind of Accountability

A certain workplace scenario has played out more times than we can count. And it goes something like this: Local and Vocal Frazzled executive or burnt out leader calls in consultants to deal with “disengagement” or “low morale”. Said leader describes disaffection in a specific team or cohort, vague yet ominous, a series of interventions…

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Business Buddha: the Place for Grace in Selling

To my right, in the middle seat, a young woman on her way back home to the Poconos after visiting mom in Prescott quietly reads. I’d unintentionally cut in front of her while joining the line to board in the terminal. “Oh, gosh, I’m so sorry.” “No worries, we’re all headed the same place.” We’d…

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Change Your Life: Be a Grace Spotter

Grace. It’s one of those words you find yourself looking up. And then feeling silly for doing so. Of course you know what “grace” is, right? There’s the “gracious host” or the “graceful dancer”. But when trying to picture an everyday version of grace – of grace at work — we draw a blank. Like…

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Little Tricks, Big Treats

October has been all about masks here: the masks we wear in our workplace that make us feel stronger, more capable – safer. As we said at the start of the month: “We all have masks we wear, personas we adopt. But some feel like an extension of ourselves and some like an imposition on…

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How Being Human Is Strategic

Quizzical gazes. Pursed lips. Crossed arms. Awkward silences. These are the reactions we observe from, oh, around half of the people who join one of our workshops for the first time. Within just a few minutes we’re talking about “being more human.” We’re urging everyone to reflect deeply about their sense of calling and beliefs.…

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Masks Women Wear

Be afraid. Be very afraid. That’s where our last blog ended. Lauding the value of fear as a driver of personal growth and collective innovation, reminding us that fear is a necessary precursor for learning. Which, of course, is true. But this week we were reminded how many women are very, very afraid in their…

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Gut Check – Remove Your Mask

We often hide behind a facade in the workplace. We do it out of habit. We do it to protect ourselves. Usually this mask of ours draw upon some of our strength. That’s good. But the mask also hides many other parts of ourself that we really ought to draw upon. So, think about what…

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Be Very Afraid: How Our Fears Can Work For Us

There’s one statement we at BraveShift hardly hear spoken in workplaces. And yet it echoes off the halls. Silent and yet screamed, absent and yet everywhere, it’s as simple and familiar as it is taboo. A phrase we can probably remember saying when we were children – when Dad turned the lights off at bedtime,…

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