What you’re likely missing when onboarding folks to an established team

Many organizations focus on orienting new team members to the technical aspects of a job and their roles and responsibilities. That’s necessary. 

Few organizations focus on intentionally bringing new teammates into the organization’s culture. Which is unfortunate, because that is game-changing. […]

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Episode 172: Proactively Mitigating and Responding to Harm in Group Spaces

How do you proactively mitigate harm being done in PD spaces, particularly harm experienced by people who identify with a marginalized identity?

How do you respond when harm is done, including in breakout spaces where you might not be present?

In today’s episode, Elena answers these two questions and provides you with the guidance you need to ensure you are designing and facilitating safe-ish spaces. […]

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How we onboard new team members to our culture

What makes or breaks an organization is its culture. 

In a healthy culture, team members thrive and the organization is far more likely to meet its goals and fulfill its vision. So when Bright Morning recently onboarded new team members, we made the decision to prioritize bringing them into our culture in their first months on the team. 

What is “our culture,” you might be wondering? […]

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What I’m doing differently in meetings this year

Do you facilitate team meetings? If so, is there anything you want to do differently this school year in regards to how you design and facilitate meetings?  […]

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Episode 169: Designing & Facilitating Team Meetings: Part 2

Have you ever led a team meeting that got derailed due to emotional flair-ups?

Elena shares the specific prompts she uses in these daunting facilitation moments, and what’s led to the Bright Morning Team no longer facing this common team challenge. […]

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Episode 170: Designing PD: Reflection Before the Event

In this first episode of a three-part series on designing and facilitating transformational PD, Elena “pulls back the curtain” and shares how she prepares to facilitate. Listen in for a detailed list of reflection questions that will help you feel confident and grounded as you walk into the next PD or team meeting you are facilitating. […]

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Episode 171: Facilitating PD: Post-Event Reflection

The reflection you do after facilitating PD has the ability to transform your approach. In this episode, Elena walks you through the four sets of questions that have proven invaluable to her own practice. […]

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10 post-facilitation reflection questions

I am still processing all that I learned at our team retreat in Boulder. One thing I feel really good about is that we accomplished our primary objective—for people to build relationships and connections. I recall dozens of moments during the retreat when that happened, and I can trace that back to intentional and specific design. I designed for connection—I was clear on that being the purpose of the retreat. I attended to a hundred little details that served this purpose—from considering who was paired with whom for activities to the activities that we engaged in. I consistently attended to emotions—I scanned faces and bodies and tones of voice for how people were feeling; when I noticed trepidation or confusion, I named it and paused the conversation and clarified; I cultivated playfulness and joy, because those are powerful avenues for connection. I was very aware of power dynamics and strove to mitigate those as much as possible. And so much more. I could probably write an entire book about leadership and PD just through unpacking one retreat.  […]

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Episode 168: Designing & Facilitating Team Meetings: Part 1

In the first of this two-part series, Elena pulls back the “Bright Morning curtain” to give you an insider’s look into how we use purpose to drive our team meetings. From 1:1 check-ins, to monthly presenter team meetings, you’ll get the inside scoop into what we do and why we do it.  […]

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How I’m preparing my leadership team to lead

I’m in Boulder today with my leadership team preparing for our team retreat which starts tomorrow. We’ve been planning for months, and today, there are final details to attend to: organizing supplies, buying snacks and beverages, scoping out accessible trails, and most importantly, orienting ourselves to how we want to show up.  […]

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