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October 19, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 14: Community vs. Independence – is it really a choice?

Is community really an important asset in organizational life? We often talk about the value of Community, and sometimes we find that clients react with surprise […]
September 24, 2020

Connected Leaders & Healthy Workplaces

How can leaders in any organization support mental and emotional health? Most leaders are not mental health experts, but they can become skillful and accountable for […]
July 30, 2020

Community Gathering: Communication, Community & Strategic Fitness with Michael Beer

How do you unlock the power of a community to come together to face important challenges and produce big results? In this 30-minute live conversation, Mickey […]
July 13, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 11: Connected Leadership – What is it & why does it matter now?

In this episode of the Connection Diaries, Mickey Connolly and Robin Anselmi define and discuss Connected Leadership – a foundational element of Conversant’s approach to leadership, organizational effectiveness and […]
July 6, 2020

The Backroad to Brilliance: From disappointment to discovery

“Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.” William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell   Decades ago, I was working with 25 people from various walks of […]
May 29, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 10: Research Report: COVID-19 as a Challenge to Leadership

In March 2020 amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we at Conversant became very interested in the radical evolution leaders and organizations were facing worldwide. We know that […]
May 1, 2020

Community Gathering: Wonder – Keeping our best day in front of us

Conversant colleagues Gretchen Gagel, Max Affleck and Kell Delaney led a lively virtual discussion on the power of Wonder to cause creativity, innovation and bring vitality to teams […]
April 24, 2020

Community Gathering: Authenticity – True leadership, with Liz Cole (CHRO, Marsh)

Conversant colleagues Robin Anselmi and Mickey Connolly were joined by Liz Cole, CHRO of Marsh, for a conversation about how to bring Authenticity to leadership. In […]
April 20, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 7: Wonder – keeping our best day in front of us

 We will be hosting a live 30-minute conversation on this topic on April 30, 2020. You can register for that conversation as well as all […]
April 13, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 6: Authenticity – true leadership

As we continue to connect from home, we do occasionally run into technical connectivity issues (particularly with full households trying to do all kinds of virtual […]
April 10, 2020

Community Gathering: Empathy – it’s not soft, it’s crucial

This week we hosted a virtual community gathering to discuss the power of Empathy. Empathy is not “soft.” It is courageous, skillful, and wise to quickly comprehend […]
April 7, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 5: Let Purpose be the boss

Purpose gives us a place to stand regardless of our changing circumstances One of the most constraining factors for leaders and organizations right now is an […]
March 31, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 4: Empathy – it’s not soft, it’s crucial

Empathy builds trust, brings people together, increases joy and improves results It’s the job of a leader to bring people together to achieve things they cannot […]
March 16, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 2: Our big meeting has been cancelled – now what?

We just cancelled our big meeting – now what? We’ve been having this conversation with many of our clients over the past few weeks, and it […]
March 11, 2020

Conversant Announces the Addition of Dr. Gretchen Gagel

Conversant is thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Gretchen Gagel to their global executive team as Managing Director Asia Pacific. Gretchen brings three decades of […]
March 2, 2020

Empathy Principle #1: The Test for Listening Is Learning

In the Financial Times article “The Quiet Art of Being a Good Listener,” Jeff Immelt, General Electric’s chief executive, is quoted as saying that listening is […]
October 30, 2019
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The Resilient Leader: inspiring agile achievement

What is Resilient Leadership? At Conversant, we think of resilience as the ability to turn stress and disappointment into strength, achievement and joy. Leading change in […]
February 22, 2019

Leading Change? Organizational Evolution Requires Human Connection

Conventional wisdom says that a “burning platform” is essential to organization change. We’d like to challenge that.  In our experience, vibrant, innovative organizations don’t require a […]
February 2, 2017

Are You Killing or Encouraging Innovation In the Workplace? Interview with Peter Mulford

Innovation in the workplace is something we all want to see more of – IF we even know what we’re talking about! Today’s guest Peter Mulford, Chief Innovation […]
January 4, 2017

Organizational Problems: How to Find Them and Truly Fix Them, with Anne Murray Allen

Most of us have been in meetings where the topic of discussion is a particular problem that’s been going on in the organization for some time. […]
December 8, 2016

Transform Civil Discourse Using A 3 Letter Word, with Laura Huffman

  You may not use the word “civil discourse” in daily conversation much but you engage in it all the time. It’s the act of talking […]
November 21, 2016

Why Continuous Improvement is Dangerous

In this episode, Colin and Mickey discuss the dangers and limitations that come with striving for “continuous improvement” in an age that demands companies change and […]
November 10, 2016

Connected Leaders Keep Their Best Days in Front of Them

Connected leaders must work to inspire teams to keep their best days in front of them. They must create an environment that nurtures trust and relationship […]
October 26, 2016

Authenticity Is An Art of Correction Not Perfection

True authenticity is based upon curiosity rather than certainty. If we’re truly being authentic with one another we’re learning every moment so that we’re constantly adjusting. […]
October 19, 2016

Don’t Bastardize Your Apology

In today’s episode, Mickey is joined by senior Conversant consultant, Robin Anselmi, to discuss the importance apology plays within the realm of leadership, as well as […]