January 2023

January 2023

Happy 2023! While many are wincing looking ahead at the year, we’re going to use our time together to stay grounded in story and purpose, building strength of mind (which builds grit and resilience), and continuing to learn and grow with the optimism that is critical to all of our success, no matter what comes our ways. Are you in? YES!

Did you miss any of these amazing guests? The last month of holidays can get away from us easily-- and if you DID happen to miss these latest episodes you are definitely going to want to go back to listen/watch.
From mentoring expert Lisa Fain, to DEI powerhouse Ruchika Tulyshan, leadership founder and CEO (and Marine) Courtney Lynch and Spokane Diocese Bishop Gretchen Rehberg, each episode is an absolute gem, and will support you being your best-- and supporting your company to be theirs-- in 2023.
Listen in on your walk or commute, and then check out the UNCUT interviews over on Youtube!

A special invitation THIS FRIDAY— here’s the link to register for FREE! (space is limited for this, and this event will not happen again. But register if you’re interested even if it’s hard to fit in, as we will have replays available for registrants.

NEW for 2023:


I’m thrilled to share with you all that I’m joining the faculty this spring for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth’s Leadership and Strategic Impact Executive Education program. Tuck is a special place, and my business school Alma Mater, and it’s an incredible honor to be heading back to Hanover to work with people who were MY professors, as well as other amazing leaders and educators. I’ll be continuing delivery of Paths 2 Purpose to the NEXT STEP cohort at Tuck this spring as well. (Available for you or for your company! More information at www.thegritinstitute.com)

If you have people in your organization ready to take the next step in their own development, LSI is a terrific program to consider. Find more on that HERE.

And of course if I can assist in helping you develop your program at your company, or help to integrate The Grit Institute training in purpose, grit and resilience and mindset, reach out anytime.


Creative inspiration for your journey:


(a new section where I’ll include a poem for your consideration, thought, inspiration and strength.)

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

All my best always, and to YOUR grit!


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