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Fredricka Joyner


Choosing How to Show Up

October 21, 2016

In this post, I am going to share the framework that I have developed to guide my work and interactions – in other words, how I choose to show up. These choices are unique to each person. How do you choose to show up?

Sometimes life offers up an unexpected situation that yields surprisingly meaningful results. I recently had one of those experiences, and it provided me with the opportunity to clarify and make explicit my personal values around “showing up.”

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Partners, Leadership

The Strategic Value of Connective Competence

August 31, 2016

“A smile relieves a heart that grieves…” – from Waiting on a Friend by the Rolling Stones

As I was standing in a long, slow line at the post office one very dreary morning last spring, I began giving myself a pep talk about appreciating the moment. As I turned around to look out the window at the pouring rain, my eyes connected with a man standing a few positions back in the line. We smiled at each other and he made a small joke about how great the May flowers would be with all of these April showers. We both laughed, and in that moment my mood was transformed from impatience to positivity.

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Partners, Leadership

The Path to a Life Worth Living

July 7, 2016

Have you ever read a book that changed the trajectory of your life? Sometimes it is the ideas themselves and sometimes I think it is the magical combination of encountering them at the moment when you are most ready to hear them.

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