I believe that having a seat at the table is not the same as having an equal voice.
I believe that sprouts need time and space to grow, whether those sprouts are tender new plants or fragile new ideas.
I believe that the still, small voice inside is the one most worth listening to, and that we have to get very quiet to be able to hear it.
I believe that everything, including mindfulness, can be used as a weapon by those who are acting aggressively, and that everything, including conflict, can be used as a tool for growth and connection by those who are acting with loving-kindness.
I believe that group dynamics are much more complicated than relationships between two people, which are complicated enough.
I believe that the stories we hear in our heads have a lot of power over us. It’s hard to see that they aren’t the truth, especially if the people around us reinforce them.
I believe that getting hurt when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable will keep us from getting vulnerable again for a long, long time. I believe that from the outside it can be hard to tell if another person is actually feeling vulnerable. I believe we should always assume the other person feels vulnerable, even if they are acting brash.
I believe that connections between people are the most important thing we can create.
I believe that understanding, compassion, and acceptance are the most important tools a team has to create a space where everyone feels welcome and able to be vulnerable.
I believe that new ideas are vulnerable things. It doesn’t take much to crush the idea and the person offering the idea.
I believe that new ideas are necessary to move the world in a sustainable and healthy direction, and to create prosperity for the people doing the moving.
I believe that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, that being vulnerable is a sign of great strength, and that it takes courage to be open to change.
I believe that I can help teams find this place, where they believe these things too and can make their own spaces safe to be vulnerable and new. I believe I can help you.