Battle Cries For The Season

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Connect More To Self & Others

We are in a battle, folks. It is time for us to suit up, show up, and be the warriors we are.

Mental health challenges were at an all-time high before this shitstorm and now this necessary distancing can exacerbate loneliness, stress, addictions, anxiety, and depression. The net-net for leaders is this: connect more to self and others. Since we are hard-wired for connection this is not an option but an imperative.

This season will bring out our best and our worst. Yet, let us find meaning in this.

These are the battle cries that keep me connected (and on which I will expound in upcoming communications, one battle cry at a time):

  • Listen deeply
  • Celebrate curiosity
  • Exhibit empathy
  • Demonstrate accountability
  • Create courage-based confidence
  • Put the oxygen mask on yourself first
  • Battle-test your tribe
  • Practice gratitude
  • Serve a higher purpose

This season will bring out our best and our worst. We will harvest what we plant now at work and home; let it be a reaping of abundance, wisdom, health, vulnerability-based courage, and service to others. It won’t be easy because we are collectively grieving. Yet, let us find meaning in this.

Let’s redefine leadership by returning to a spiritual, holistic way of leading and living that focuses on a hallowed grounding, a courageous connection, and a daily Sabbath-kind-of-life.

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Karen Hardwick brings decades of expertise to her work as a trusted advisor and coach to C-level and senior executives, their teams, and organizations.

Karen is known for sharing her own life-stories with clients in order to role-model transparency, foster connection and empathy, and enhance success. She has created a unique model for deepening connection — The Connected Leader™ — which gets to the core of a company and its people with compassion, intuition, and business savvy. Her upcoming book, The Connected Leader, is filled with her powerful voice and inspires others to lead with emotional wholeness, spiritual strength, and mental well-being in order to become their best selves and help others do the same.

Karen lives in Atlanta with her husband, Greg, and their 17-year-old son, Matthew, where she can be found around the table with friends and family eating nourishing, home-cooked meals and sharing stories. She is the biggest contributor to the family ‘swear jar,’ despite her daily practice of meditation and prayer. And above all, Karen believes that living a life of connection is courageous; a sacred calling that requires all we’ve got.

Karen J. Hardwick, M.Div., MSW

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