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What will it take?

As I am working with many organizations to plan their 2023 people and leader trainings, I am getting some version of the same sentence in my inbox over and over.

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And I get it.
I appreciate that many organizations are dealing with tight budgets.
I often work within those tight budgets.

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The world is forever different.
Your business probably is too.
People are forever changed.
Your people needs simply need to be invested in.
Find the resources, move the money around, take care of your people.

The pain points of your people are searing at this point.
The need to know how to navigate tough conversations, meet people with empathy while holding them accountable, and how to take care of ourselves by practicing true resilience is palpable.
The yearning to feel cared for and seen, especially at work where they have most likely helped you survive these last few years, is your opportunity to create a true culture of belonging.

More and more, I am hearing from managers, especially, how most of their time is spent supporting their people through mental health crises, family and health concerns, and dealing with levels of stress, burnout, too high of a workload, and trauma, and therefore mistakes being made. 

Our people issues aren’t worse.
They simply have been revealed by years of trauma and neglect.

At what point will organizations invest in their people? Losing good talent over and over and over? Does it take someone losing their shit on a team member and doing irreparable damage to relationships? Or worse, someone coming to work with a gun? Or someone losing their life to a mental health crisis?

What will it take?

And if you are going to use the excuse of budget to not pour into your people, I challenge you to take the time to really look at how much stress, trauma, and drama are costing you.


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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