Strategy in Motion
August 2019 Newsletter

Darcy Misiak Bien, Strategic Planner
         Darcy Bien 

Learning Forum
Our Purpose:
To be your experienced guide helping plan your organization's future.

Our Core Values:
Lifetime Learners, Challenging the status quo, Feedback is a gift, Strategy is
energizing and fun.

Our Vision:
 Implementation by our clients.

Do you choose the road everyone's taken, or the path that's best for you? 

The last couple of newsletters have been focused on increasing self-awareness. Research continues to show that as we increase our self-awareness and manage our responses more effectively, we create leaders worth following. Once we have leaders worth following, they need great strategies to be successful.

I highly recommend The Road Less Traveled. It was one of my first self-awareness books and took some time to read as there is a lot to process. Author Scott Peck examines our tendency to live on autopilot, without much self-reflection, in order to avoid pain and difficulty. The process of confronting and solving problems makes life difficult, Peck explains, yet it's precisely the process of meeting and solving problems that gives life meaning and helps us reach a higher level of self-understanding. See the connection to strategic planning, addressing strategic issues and having a defined purpose!

One of my favorite parts of the book is "Openness to Challenge," which resulted in the core value, "Feedback is a Gift." This was life changing for me and it's why we are doing our upcoming learning forum (see below). A dedication to feedback because we "deeply care" and the balance of the person being "open to feedback" is critical for feedback to be seen as a gift or not.

Learning Forum: A few spots left for August 21 Radical Candor    
August 22 is sold out, but a few spots remain for Wednesday, August 21. No reading required! Join us to discuss Radical Candor. The Radical Candor method provides guidance, along with praise and criticism, to produce better results for your team.      
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Facilitators: Darcy Bien & Cyndi Wineinger
3805 Edwards Rd.
Suite 550 (Office Key) 
Cost: $49

Contact Darcy for more details or register:

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