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Trauma + Business

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When Sh*t Hits the Fan, The Fan Keeps Spinning—8 Themes for Building Organizational Resilience

The other day while completing an assignment for grad school (MBA, University of Wyoming), I found a research gem from the University of Ottawa for my fellow entrepreneurial trauma survivors and wanted to share it with y'all! Enjoy!

Organizational Resilience?!

I can't be the only person who's set a goal for herself, made really big plans, and then had those plans get completely thwarted by some unforeseen event, tragedy, diagnosis, crisis, etc. I know I'm not alone in this experience—pandemic …

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Two Cautionary Tales: All About Testimonials & Why Entrepreneurs with Trauma NEED Evidence-Based Protocols

Please learn from my mistakes, so you don't make the same ones. In this post, you'll hear two cautionary tales from my mistakes. Both underline the benefit that an entrepreneurial trauma survivor gains from creating evidence-based business protocols. This especially applies to testimonials, referrals, and recommendations.

Understandbly, trauma affects our decision-making skills as business owners. We have more to gain than our trauma-free colleagues from establishing business protocols that are s…

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What's your business coaching philosophy? How did you get started doing this work?

Why would your background as a musician make you a better trauma-informed business coach for your clients?

Great question! In brief, the application of my philosophy is salutogenic, whole-person, and strengths-based. In greater detail, I'll start with some musical background, entrepreneurial beginnings, and a foundational philosophy from a Japanese teacher...

From childhood, I learned to play the cello with wonderful teachers. Almost immediately after college, I used my business degree as a pr…

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An easier way might be sitting in your garage...

Trauma-informed coaching with The School of Bravery operates from a mutual agreement that martyrdom, sacrificial productivity, and marathon rides on the struggle bus are 100% not worth it. A bonus domino effect from this motto is that doing hard things *can* feel easier.

Yes, we can do hard things.

Yes, hard things might feel uncomfortable, but why make it more difficult?! 

The decades I've spent as a musician and music teacher showed me that the process of optimizing something doesn't have t…

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I Kissed Capitalism Goodbye: a Case Study on Commerce & Deconstructing Joshua Harris' Course Launch

"When we know better, we do better." ~ Maya Angelou

If you are Joshua Harris, and all you read is this paragraph, that's understandable. Of course, you may read the full post, but if you leave this page knowing one thing it would be this: You are like so many business owners with religious trauma—you are brave and you are imperfect—you are human. I see so much of my own story in yours. I hope you’ll continue to de-center yourself, listen intently, and learn to apologize sincerely. Please cons…

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Why I No Longer Do "Sales Calls"

This one time I was on a really intense sales call...

Somehow my ADHD procrastination that day had pulled me through a random webinar sales funnel and I was suddenly talking on the phone (gasp!) with a guy named Chad. He was pitching me the latest "life-changing" 12-week coaching "experience" that I was about to miss out on it! Oh no! ;-)

Throughout the sales call, Chad managed to do the following:

  1. blatantly ignore my lack of consent
  2. gaslit me and my experiences
  3. negged me strategically ri…

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There Will Be No Mountain for Mark Driscoll

I have religious trauma.

You might already know this. I'm not that shy about it. If not, welcome. Pull up a chair and consider this your trigger warning if you need it before reading on... because buckle up y'all.

By the time I was 25, I had been a member of at *least* 16 spiritual communities, churches, faith groups, or home churches. I didn't know it then, but this high number is not abnormal for those adults with adverse religious childhood experiences.

I double-downed on Evangelicalis…

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