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Sixty percent of new leaders fail in the first year

That’s expensive. Insanely expensive… and deeply tragic.

Real dollars are lost. Real time is wasted. Valuable employees are burned out or quit.

But most leadership development is focused on mid- and upper-level leaders

Year after year, first-level leaders are allocated the lowest budget for leadership development of any other group.

Even though they have the most impact on an organization’s employees, often responsible for as many as a dozen direct reports … they get the least support. And that’s a big team for someone new to management, and a huge increase in responsibility from serving as an individual contributor.

This doesn’t make sense.

The highest impact for your leadership development budget is right there, where your newly-minted managers and supervisors can learn good leadership skills before acquiring bad habits – and before causing the skilled, experienced individuals on their teams to leave in frustration. (Gallup’s polls show, year after year, that most people leave managers, not jobs.)

People deserve leaders who help them grow. 

And leaders deserve support to help them grow into the leader they want to be – and their teams deserve – and their organizations need.

Devi and I are very comfortable as facilitators, but leadership is different. Leadership is owning and embodying the call, disturbing the dream, disturbing the space, being more provocative by declaring things. You helped me become more comfortable and more clear about my leadership role.

~ Eric Klein, executive coach, author, and meditation instructor, Wisdom Heart, Encinitas, California

I’m a leadership geek … with a side of MacGyver-like resourcefulness

I help my corporate clients grow their leadership capacity, creating robust bench strength and options for succession planning. Not incidentally, they save money and time, becoming more productive and more successful and enjoying the rewards of a more engaged employee population.

I help my individual clients solve the challenges of developing leadership confidence and personal leadership style. As they learn the key leadership skills of communication, professional empathy, conflict transformation, and negotiation, they turn down the volume on the inner critic and step into the leadership role their teams – and their organizations – need them to own.

I’ve studied communication since I was a toddler (no, seriously; read about it on my About page), leadership starting in college, business since my first corporate job, and negotiation, mediation, and conflict management since 2013. I’ve learned about neuroscience, the role of emotions in decision-making, and the power of professional empathy.

I’ve been a corporate officer, executive, and member of senior leadership teams for over 16 years, an independent consultant since 2005, and I’ve volunteered for and served on the Boards of several non-profits.

I bring all this knowledge and experience together to help you.

Grace blends her vast corporate knowledge and experience with her outside-the-box thinking, creating results that are immediately applicable while creating pathways for a new approach to whatever you are doing. I truly enjoy working with Grace, as she is not afraid to disagree nor is she afraid to laugh. Both are qualities I find refreshing and critical to any change process.

~ Shannon Thompson, Executive Director, Shakti Rising, San Diego CA

Next steps!

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