I’ve been working in the domains of organizational governance and positive mental health for more than ten years. At first, I did not see the connection between these two areas, keeping them in separate silos. I see it differently today. Let me explain more specifically by looking at the connecting thread between the Sociocratic Circle-organization…Continue reading
Author: Francine Proulx-Kenzle
Talking Circles Indigenous Peoples have used talking circles and practiced inclusion and collaboration for millennia. All leaders in a tribal council are heard, without interruption. Decision-making happens in a circle, and all living things are viewed as equal within the circle. Power-with is a dialogue, where everyone stands on the ground, face to face. The…Continue reading
Spaghetti Night: Mothering with Consent
A typical conversation around our dinner table among our four teenagers: “Can I have the car tonight?” “My teacher is the worst!” “You’ll never believe what happened to me today!” My clan around me, sharing a meal together after a busy day, I felt fulfilled. Amidst the chit-chat, our second son Jeremy says “I’ll stay…Continue reading
How Safe Is Your Team?
Would you be surprised that the research on workplace effectiveness addresses the value of psychological safety? The notion of “psychological safety,” a term coined by Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson,1 has been researched extensively over the years. Psychological safety in a work context relates to a person’s perspective on how threatening or rewarding it…Continue reading