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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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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No One Can Learn from You if You Think that They Suck

by Elena Aguilar, Bright Morning President Many years ago, when I was a novice coach overwhelmed by seemingly resistant teachers, my coach, Leslie Plettner, said the wisest and most memorable words a coach has ever spoken: “No one can learn from you if you think that they suck.” I was thunderstruck by the intensity of

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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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Talking Politics in the Days of Discord

by LesLee Bickford, Bright Morning Chief Strategy & Program Officer At Bright Morning our tagline is “every conversation counts,” because we know how very true this is. When we approach conversations with intention, we can strengthen connections, and inspire and empower ourselves and others.  Amid the seemingly constant discord in our country, I’ve been forced to

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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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5 Reasons Why People Don’t Want to Change Their Beliefs

by Jessie Cordova, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and guest blogger    The work of coaching people around beliefs is the work that must happen in order to create equitable learning spaces and outcomes. But we need to understand this: asking someone to believe something different than what they currently believeis like asking someone to cut

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