Compassion and Curiosity Keep Us in the Conversation

By Janet Baird, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and Contributing Blogger  We talk frequently about the two essential dispositions of a transformational leader: compassion and curiosity. But why are these so essential? What is it about these ways of being that help us continue doing the work that needs to be done to create more […]

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Lessons Learned from a Perfectionist Coach

by LesLee Bickford, Bright Morning Chief Strategy & Program Officer I learned I was a perfectionist when I was 38. Like many perfectionists, I had up until this point rejected the notion, insisting I just had very high standards. It wasn’t until I was introduced to the Enneagram and begrudgingly accepted that I’m a One that […]

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Do No Harm: The Urgency of Bridging Across Difference

By Lori Cohen, a Bright Morning Associate and contributing blogger “[We] see everything fragmentarily…We are being conditioned by society, by the culture in which we live, and that culture is the product of humanity…There is the vast field of the mind, and unless we bring about a radical change in this fragmentation, there can be no […]

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15 Minute Transformation

by Noelle Apostol Colin, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and guest blogger Her eyes filled with tears. She took a deep breath and blinked slowly. “I’m withdrawing. I’m not being who I need to be to make things better,” she said quietly. We stood huddled together, leaning around a tall cocktail table, inside a beautiful wooden […]

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Letting People In on the Why

By Janet Baird, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and Contributing Blogger  My least favorite word in the English language is ICEBREAKER. I have sat through countless meetings and professional development sessions that have started with an icebreaker. Now get up, and without talking, lineup by birthday. Great. Thanks. Now head back to your seats and […]

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How to Build Resilient Teams

by Elena Aguilar, Bright Morning President   How do you bring a group of people together and, within a few days, get them to know and understand each other, recognize that their paths are intertwined, and care deeply for each other? The answer to this question is the answer to how we build resilient teams […]

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5 Ways to Do Equity Work Daily

by LesLee Bickford, Bright Morning Chief Strategy & Program Officer  I’ve spent the last 15 years in roles focused on supporting the learning and development of other adults. Over this time, I’ve noticed (and heard from many Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness practitioners whom I respect and love) a trend: When it comes to owning our learning, […]

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What Do We Do with Our Strong Feelings when Talking about Race?

by Noelle Apostol Colin, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and guest blogger “My skin is nasty,” she said, as she rubbed the back of her hand to show the interviewer. As I heard the adorable five-year-old African American girl in the video explain this as a matter-of-fact observation, I felt overcome by sadness, anger, guilt and […]

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Collective Leadership is Needed in Schools to Address Sexual Violence

By Lori Cohen, guest blogger and Art of Coaching Conference presenter As an educator, it can feel like every week invites a new way to resist systems of oppression. Among mass shootings, the sanctioning of xenophobia, transphobia, and misogyny at our highest levels of government, and the continuing political chasm that divides our nation, we […]

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