This article intends to transport readers right into the June of 1865 Texas when the slaves of Galveston first learned of their freedom. As a way to honor the Juneteenth holiday with an exercise in empathy, readers are briefly guided in imagining the harsh circumstances that slaves endured, and then invited to consider the things from which they long to be free in their own lives.
In observance of Father’s Day, the team at Integrated Work took a moment to honor the role each of our fathers (or father figures) had in helping us become the leaders we are today. We reflect on the lessons we gathered from our fathers and make sense of them through the lens of the ideals that ground our organization. We share their collective impact with you in hopes that it may inspire deepened consideration of the fatherhood you may have experienced in your own life.
Integrated Work is delighted to welcome two new interns to our team! Rayyan Ahmed and Martin Simpson Teplin recently joined us and we couldn’t be more grateful to have two such talented people accompany us on our journey. Here’s a little more about them.
We’ve seen a fundamental shift in the last decade with the rise of technology to a world that is adaptive and evolving in real-time. We’ve also seen the shift to more mission-focused organizations. Are our organizations structured to really deliver what’s needed over the next decade? And what will it take to make them so?
As we emerge from the pandemic, new ways of working together are evolving, especially the hybrid model which enables more flexible options for how teams work together (in-office and/or online). This new frontier provides the opportunity for leaders to consider how to craft an approach to their hybrid environment that is both fair and productive.
Do you work with or care about someone who may have experienced trauma or PTSD? This article provides some background on trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and offers a few suggestions for leaders, facilitators, coaches, and anyone who wishes to have more productive interactions with those who may have experienced trauma.
As the pandemic eases, it almost feels like we are re-emerging back to life. How do we reflect, revive and begin anew as a leader? “Easing Back to Life” is an opportunity to come back to life through intentional nature-based practices that will awaken your senses, enliven your spirit, and restore your sense of wholeness after a year in which so much was taken away.
Join the Center for Nature & Leadership and a supportive community of women, to learn some practices that will support a conscious, intentional re-emergence.
What had begun as an indictment of myself and others, has now become a model for self-examination from which we might all benefit in pursuit of having a more expansive impact in the well-being of others. I offer a comprehensive, yet simplistic, criteria for us to measure the depth of our connection with (and our care for) marginalized groups; a criteria that can be used to audit our own socio-intellectual values and the socio-intellectual intentions of others. I call this criteria the AAA Membership Plan — Attitude, Association, and Action. Read more to learn more.
In the past, it was believed that human-first, inclusive and transparent approaches to leadership were not productive for moving organizational success (and profitability) forward. That thinking is being disproven. Read more here to find out what lessons we might take away from recent events at Basecamp, the collaboration software company, so that we may become more awake and skilled in our own workplaces.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. For Muslims, it is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship. Read about how our team members, Asra Riaz and Nadia Ali, celebrated Ramadan and Eid, and find out what we can learn from their celebration as we all begin to emerge from the pandemic.
For many years, we have helped leaders navigate transitions smoothly via thoughtful succession planning and support during times of turnover. If you are an emerging executive looking to level-up your leadership in preparation for a more senior role, an existing executive beginning to contemplate your next chapter, or have a role in the organization or on its Board in supporting succession and executive success, we’d love to talk to you about your needs and help set you up for success.
Many group events and activities open with some sort of welcome or warm-up exercise, providing participants with a chance to introduce themselves before addressing the topic at hand. Sometimes, introductions that focus solely on titles, roles, degrees, years of experience, professional affiliations, and so on, can create a power dynamic that results in some attendees feeling less willing to contribute during the meeting.
Here’s a simple alternative approach to facilitating introductions that enables greater human-first connection: a focus on superpowers.
To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.