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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 and work above all else.  The past several years of social and cultural upheaval have only compounded these tendencies. 

At this moment in our collective history, burnout, toxic stress, and harm are nearly ubiquitous

Regardless of the source, toxic stress has both bled into - or even been caused by - the workplace.  

Because we have been there ourselves, we can recognize and address the root cause and ongoing impacts of toxic stress.  We provide meaningful and sustainable pathways to disrupt the cycle, mitigate past harm, and rebuild workplace cultures.

Our Methods Yield Sustainable Results

Leading today requires more than a traditional model.  

Trauma-informed principles have been taught and implemented in leading-edge institutions for nearly two decades, however the locus of that teaching has been external-facing.  And so we asked - what happens when those who in need of this trauma-informed perspective are now, in fact, the very professionals who were once tasked with recognizing trauma in others?

 

That's where the BRAVE Leadership model comes in.   And our impact is profound.  

 

This work takes time.  The initial feelings of relief, answer, clarity - that comes from our first few days together - could lapse into previous  "survival mentality" patterns of toxic behavior left untended.  That's why BRAVE lasts for a year and includes components of ongoing coaching, didactic learning,  and monthly opportunities to be in community.    The result?  

- Tools that expand any leadership style.  

- Restoration of trust and functionality to teams.

- Ability to lead an organization suffering from toxic stress or trauma.  

Our Lodestar Faculty facilitate, train, and coach in a manner which includes the best of traditional methods - and we overlay what is already familiar for many leaders 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

- Fatigue

- Generalized anxiety

- Brittleness and impatience

- Acute stress

- Inability to "turn off"

- Disengagement from clients and patients

- Dissociation

- Work avoidance

- Apathy and career dissatisfaction

 

For the organization:  

 

- High and rising levels of attrition

- Unexpected early retirements

- 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

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