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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 […]
June 26, 2020

Answering Conflict & Challenge with Authentic Collaboration: Podcast with Mickey Connolly & Gretchen Gagel

June 1, 2020

Well-being at Work: Podcast with Evelyn Jonkman, hosted by Gretchen Gagel

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 21, 2020

Leadership in Challenging Times: Podcast Series with Mickey Connolly & Gretchen Gagel

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 […]
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 16, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 1: How do we stay connected when we’re physically apart?

All over the news are reports on the need for social distancing, and many of our clients have sent their employees to work from home. In […]