“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”- Guiseppe di Lampedusa, Italian novelist (1896-1957) Sometimes . . .
You are fiercely committed to your mission.
You feel defeated because, despite your fierce commitment, you're not making progress on your mission. Your days are full of uninspiring meetings, checklists are displacing your actual work, and you're not sure how best to communicate with your team. Maybe you feel burnt out.
Most heartbreakingly, you don’t feel you’re making progress on your mission.
There are several areas we see leaders and teams struggling - and it is not always a lack of the right tool or skill. The culture and structures we are working in often create barriers to our success.
Become the Leader You Want to Be
There are moments when you doubt yourself.
You’ve accomplished a great deal, but you question if you are the right person for the job.
Vulnerability - as a leadership tool - does not feel safe.
We prioritize ‘doing’ over ‘becoming.’
Organizations, especially non-profits, teach us to feeI that if we are not “doing” something, we are not leading.
We then undervalue thinking, planning, and integration.
Invest in yourself as a leader.
Developing the confidence, skills, and practices you need will allow you to become the leader you know you can be.
Guide with the Power of the Collective
Your leadership team struggles to lead.
Each person brings strengths, but we fail to function as a team.
Being nice doesn’t translate into the ability to make decisions together.
Leadership teams end up together by virtue of their positions.
Unfortunately, teams are often assembled with little support or guidance.
Teams lack the common language or trusting space to hold challenging conversations.
Build the support your team needs.
When your leadership team is prepared and well-resourced, you are able to work as a collective and lean into the more challenging parts of your mission with purpose.
The Conversations You Want to Have
We avoid things that are hard to talk about.
We sometimes talk around what is truly important.
As a result we miss opportunities for growth, connection, and communal problem-solving.
We are taught to avoid uncomfortable topics like power and privilege.
We don’t have shared boundaries or common language.
We are too close to our group and our challenges to see our path clearly.
Create your foundation.
Building trust and common language takes intentional focus - and allows us to gather and work together in service of our mission.
You (Chris) are a genius!
On behalf of our faculty, let me thank you whole-heartedly for your exceptional guidance. We are in a productive, forward thinking mode, thanks to you.
Dr. Mary Stenzel-Poore
Senior Associate Dean for Research Chair, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology Oregon Health & Sciences University
THIS IS WHERE WE COME IN
We transform organizations through exceptional coaching, inclusive facilitation, and authentic community engagement.
- We bring compassion, and a focus on building trust and belonging, to our work.
- We are committed to deep transformation that goes beyond traditional strategic planning and executive coaching.
- We want to participate in creating a more just and inclusive world where each of us belong and can live into our potential.
TAKING THE NEXT STEP
Find out how we can help.
Together we can explore the skills and culture you want to grow and create to support the meaningful conversations you want to have in your organization.
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