Category: Emotional Intelligence

Inclusion and Belonging with BRAVE Cultures™

This blog is the first of a series of articles on inclusion and belonging and our BRAVE Cultures(™) model. You can read the second post in this series here.

Maslow was wrong: physical safety isn’t at the base of the needs pyramid: belonging is. Without belonging, the animal body knows there is no hope for safety.

An existential fear arises when we try to differentiate. We betray ourselves to belong. We abandon our own selves to belong.

Too much…too loud…too emotional…all the things.

More vulnerability makes for better leaders

As part of your workplace team dynamics, can you let down your guard, admit flaws, and ask for help?

For some of you, without hesitation, your answer is a resounding YES, but for others, this couldn’t be further from your truth, and the voice in your head is shouting, “Are you kidding? NEVER!” In your world, this level of vulnerability leads to personal humiliation or career suicide. It’s hard for anyone to tell the truth when the results of doing so might be punitive.

Finding Peace During Difficult Times

When it comes right down to it, peace is a state mind. Most of us don’t consciously think about how to create a peaceful state of mind during our fast-paced, busy lives. And these days, it’s easier to go into a state of overwhelm than peace. The good news is, there are ways to shift this.

What causes us to be in a non-peaceful state of mind? There are two primary culprits:
1. Habitual ways of thinking
2. The questions we ask ourselves

Bringing Laughter to the Workplace

For many of us, 2020 has been a rough year. With everything going on in the world, we could probably all use a little more laughter and fun in our lives. Laughing doesn’t just lift our mood, it improves our performance at work.

Studies have shown that laughter is associated with higher motivation and productivity and that humor can enhance insight and creative problem solving. A culture of levity in the workplace can help build stronger teams by improving morale and fostering a sense of camaraderie.

How to Have Brave Conversations

If ever there was a time for brave conversations, it is now. With all that’s happening in this country and the world, we can’t afford to shirk our responsibility for having brave conversations. At the same time, brave conversations take courage. We don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. Moreover, nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news. We don’t always know what we need to say. 

But brave conversations are a necessary part of being a leader. They’re what keeps our teams functioning properly because having these conversations can help us to understand team members better and give them the space and courage to share their own insights.