March 05, 2020 BY: Gretchen Schmelzer

Trauma Impacts Leadership. Heal it with Emotional Intelligence.

Over the course of the last 20 years I have supported community leaders and their teams who were working to […]

November 08, 2011 BY: Gretchen Schmelzer

The Steve Jobs Phenomenon: 3 Steps to Bring Your Purpose to Work Everyday

He was great at computers, but clearly loved design and style. His passion for aesthetic in its most beautiful and practical application was and is inspiring. I can recall bringing home an iMac about 8 years ago and putting on the desk in my living room with it’s sleek, clean design—and thinking, “I want everything in my life to be that sleek, useful, brilliant.”

September 24, 2011 BY: Gretchen Schmelzer

Mindfulness: Pay Attention as if Your Life Really Matters

Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention, on purpose, in a non-judgmental and open way, as Kabat-Zinn (2005) states, “as if your life really mattered.” Mindfulness is about making contact with yourself and the world around you, including the people in it.

May 24, 2011 BY: Gretchen Schmelzer

When Systems Need to Heal: Guidelines for Organizational Mending

If we replace “organization change” with the term “organizational mending,” we give ourselves and the system permission to address both the transactional and the emotional work needed to deal with the past and move forward toward a more hopeful future.

March 23, 2011 BY: Gretchen Schmelzer

This Is Your Brain on Trauma – Leading and Caring through Crisis (Part II)

What can you do to be an effective leader during a traumatic crisis, even when it’s on the other side of the globe? First, realize, it’s…


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