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People don’t need to be fixed

Yesterday, I led an amazing workshop with Conflux Co-Learning where we were able to go really deep into some of the frustrations of working and leading in this different and difficult world.

The hybrid/WFM environment.

Working and leading among different generations.

The major people concerns that are keeping us from the strategic/operations work.

The difficulty in hiring.

The fatigue and burnout.

The stress.

It is a lot.

For a moment, I had a bit of doubt. People just want it to be fixed and to be easier, and here I am teaching and modeling for them self-awareness, emotional well-being, empathic accountability, courageous conversations, and resilience skills.

Is it enough?

And then it dawned on me.

First, people don’t need to be fixed.

They need to feel loved.

I will forever stand by that and do everything in my power to create that space for people to remember how loved they are.

Second, these skills that I teach and model may not fix it all (which isn’t my job anyway), but they will absolutely help you to navigate all this hard and make the hard less freaking painful.

Thank you so much to Conflux Co-Learning and to the leaders of AJ Adhesives Inc and Materialogic for such an incredible half-day workshop!


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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