Lodestar Consulting & Executive Coaching
Why use a Trauma-Responsive Paradigm for Professionals?
Professionals Are Often Reluctant to Seek Help
After decades of schooling and intense (and sometimes brutal) training, most professionals are programmed with a survivalist mentality, committed to the mission or the work above all else. The past several years of social and cultural upheaval have only compounded these tendencies. At this moment in time, burnout, toxic stress, and harm is nearly ubiquitous.
Regardless of the source, the primary, secondary, and vicarious toxic stress and - for many, the trauma - has both bled into or even been caused and amplified by the workplace.
Our multi-pronged approach - including 1:1 executive coaching, Trauma Responsive Leadership (BRAVE) Leadership development, and facilitation or All Of Us training - dramatically improves the efficacy of your organization's work and the ability of individual team members to ability to maintain sustainable workload. Because we have been there ourselves, we recognize and can address the ongoing impact of toxic stress, notice when it leads to trauma, and provide meaningful, actionable, sustainable skill development to disrupt the cycle, mitigate past harm, and rebuild workplace cultures.
Trauma-Responsive Methods Yield
Although trauma-informed principles have been taught and successfully implemented in leading-edge institutions for nearly two decades, the locus of that teaching has been external-facing. What happens now that those in need of this awareness are, in fact, the professionals who staff these very institutions? Absent a trauma-sensitive lens and tools that expand leadership skills, the impact on professionals within our organizations is costly and profound.
Lodestar Faculty facilitate, train, and coach in a manner which includes the best of traditional methods overlayed with a rich, nuanced approach designed specifically to meet the unique challenges of this moment in history.
How Do Exhaustion and Trauma Manifest?
For the Individual:
- Omnipresent mental exhaustion
- Generalized anxiety
- Brittleness and impatience
- Acute stress
- Inability to "turn off"
- Work avoidance
- Apathy and career dissatisfaction
For the organization:
- High and rising levels of attrition
- Unexpected early retirements
- Increased resignations
- Recruitment difficulties
- Distrust among employees
- Noticeable apathy and detachment
- Increased workplace incivility
- Decreased productivity
- Decreased worker engagement, especially amongst previously high-performing staff
- Work avoidance
- Career dissatisfaction
When everyday stressors persist without relief, support, or the ability to control or implement solutions, this stress can turn toxic. Unrecognized and unaddressed, toxic stress leads to burnout and increased attrition. We are uniquely qualified to support our clients - doctors, attorneys, government leadership, corporate leadership - in recognizing and mitigating workplace stressors with an eye on the long-term health of organizations and the people who make them work.
Unmitigated stress leads to toxic stress. Unrecognized and unaddressed, unrelenting toxic stress leads to burnout and increased attrition. Our clients are professionals; doctors, attorneys, clinicians, government leadership - in a uniquely difficult position over the past few years.
What are we seeing?