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August 25, 2020

Refocus Wasteful Conversation with a Simple Question: “What is it time for now?”

There’s an old saying: “If you’ve got one foot on yesterday and one foot on tomorrow, you’re pissing on today.” What can feel nefarious about this […]
August 25, 2020

Mental Health in the Workplace: The Canary in the Coal Mine

Even before Covid-19 hit, there were signals of an emerging mental health crisis. The statistics[1] tell the story: 62% of managers have had to put the […]
August 24, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 12: How do we address mental health & well-being at work?

Over the past few months, we’ve been hearing more and more about the increasing concern for well-being and mental health in the time of COVID-19. Massive […]
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 […]
July 2, 2020

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Some Personal Lessons in Learning

Prior to my work on my PhD, I took a two-month trip around Europe. A member of our small group of four drove us in a […]
May 29, 2020

Craving Connection is like Craving Chicken

Think of the last time you were hungry. You may have noticed you were hungry because of the cues your body sent like a rumbling stomach, […]
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 19, 2020

Community Gathering: Designing for Surprising Results

When people produce valuable results beyond their own expectations, there is widespread, energizing delight. If those cycles are short, valuable, and repetitive, great performance improves exponentially. […]
May 7, 2020

Community Gathering: What is it time for now?

 Robin Anselmi and Bill Boyar were joined by Sehba Ali, CEO of KIPP Texas Public Schools, for a conversation on the impact a leader can produce […]
May 4, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 9: Suprising Results

 Surprising Results: Cracking the code on how to produce more with less time, money and stress When people are surprised by their own accomplishments, energy […]
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

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 8: What is it time for now?

What is it time for now? In a given moment we can always do something, but we cannot do everything. The better our actions fit the […]
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

Community Gathering: Let Purpose be the boss

Purpose is the mutual resolve of a community. When we all align around what matters and what we’re here for, it gives us a place to […]
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 […]
April 3, 2020

Community Gathering: Presence in the midst of chaos

This week we hosted a virtual community gathering to discuss presence as a foundational act of leadership and share practices for practicing purposeful presence in our everyday […]
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 27, 2020

Community Gathering: Aligning & Engaging in a Virtual Setting

As many of us navigate cancelled in-person meetings big and small in response to COVID-19, we decided to focus this week’s virtual gathering on how we […]
March 23, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 3: The first act of leadership is presence

Presence, which we define as awareness without prejudice, sounds simple but in today’s world of constant distractions and high-speed action it can prove to be one […]
March 23, 2020

Community Gathering: Leadership communication that creates community and confidence in times of uncertainty

Last week we hosted a virtual gathering to share what we’ve learned and learn from all of you. We explored the question, what is critical about […]