Give The Gift Of Grace In Difficult Conversations

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Difficult conversations are – yes – difficult. All of us tend to avoid them – either entirely or by waiting too long to initiate a clearing conversation. While having a difficult conversation is hard already, having it with grace raises the bar. We challenge ourselves – and you – to do just that. […]

Podcast Episode 10: Carlo Giardinetti – Self-Organizing Teams & Holacracy

A Conversation with Carlo Giardinetti A Conscious Collaboration Podcast In this episode, Yosh discusses aspects of self-organization and self-management with Carlo Giardinetti, an educator, educational leader, and Holacracy expert. Carlo is an expert practitioner of self-organization principles and a certified Holacracy Facilitator. After a career as a professional soccer player in Italy, Carlo moved into a fast-advancing career in the hospitality industry […]

The Antidote for Arrogance

The meteoric rise of WeWork was the kind of story that startup fairy tales are made of: immigrant founder, a unique concept that taps the zeitgeist,  promises of industry disruption, and lots of capital available for scaling up. Though the company’s quick growth and audacious (if not utopic) vision were central to its narrative, WeWork’s […]

What Having a Self-Authoring Mind Means

Our clients know we are big fans of Kegan’s and Lahey’s work on adult development theory. We use this framework in our leadership coaching and team development work because it really brings a conceptual angle to our real-world experience that personal and professional growth are deeply related. (More about it here…) I republish below a […]

Being Conscious about Our Commitments

Our clients know us as voracious readers. By popular demand, we are excited to provide you with select (and growing) reading list. As an additional way to invite readers into new ideas, we will be sharing thoughts about one book per newsletter. (Sign up if you want in the sidebar section…) These book summaries are […]

Podcast Episode 8: A Conversation with Natalie Rast from Y7 Studio

A Conversation with Natalie Rast A Conscious Collaboration Podcast In this episode, Yael and Natalie discuss team growth and culture building – and the work Y7’s leadership team engaged in over the course of two+ years. Natalie Rast, SHRM-CP, is the Head of People at Y7 Studio. Y7, a rapidly expanding and widely popular yoga studio with […]

Balancing Urgency & Patience

Leadership Test: Can You Be Ambitious and Patient at the Same Time? Scott Fitzgerald famously said that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” Let’s apply that to “going far” and “going fast”. So often, […]

Values Eat Strategy For Breakfast

Lessons from Boeing’s 737 Max 8 Disaster It’s perhaps one of the most passed around Peter Drucker quotes: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Values can do that, too. Just take a look at Boeing these days – in the news with headlines such as “Boeing values profits over lives”. When facilitating strategy workshops with leadership […]

Watching Leaders Emerge

In February I had the honor of celebrating the newest class of Emerging Leaders, a bright, committed group of social sector leaders who completed the nine-month program I facilitate on behalf of Princeton AlumniCorps. At the end of our last class, each of the leaders gave brief talks to the group about what the program […]

Your Vision, Their Vision — Our Vision

How to Enhance Ideas through Team Collaboration “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two […]