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To Be of Use

To the Fringe community, this month, I wanted to speak directly to you — not about management, or bias, or skill-building, but about the human experience. I’ve never been someone who struggles to fall asleep. Before this year, I could drift off as soon as my head hit the pillow. But I’ve recently found myself lying awake or waking in …

Supporting Each Other From Six Feet Apart

In case you missed it, the world is a really f*ing stressful place right now.  Collectively we’re dealing with a global pandemic, social upheaval, systemic racial violence, an economic downturn, and unrelenting uncertainty about the future. Individually there are also the pains and pressures of personal trauma, sickness, job loss, and canceled celebrations. I imagine that the 2020 election (before, …

When Sorry’s Not Sorry

American politics has given us many examples of inauthentic nonapologies in recent years. Yet Rep. Ted Yoho’s cringe-worthy attempt to apologize to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers a fresh reminder of what not to do after calling your co-worker “crazy” and “f—ing bitch” — namely, go through the motions of an apology without an ounce of self-reflection or an attempt at …

Turning Uncertainty into Action

You may have thought it was Siri or Alexa, but it’s actually the human brain that wins the top spot for its ability to see and anticipate patterns. Yet like any good algorithm-generator, the accuracy of the brain’s predictions depends heavily on the accuracy of the underlying data.  The powerhouse that is human decision-making becomes faulty when the data of …

Coaching as a Path Forward

Quarantined but communicating effectively

This past December, Fast Company announced that 2020 would be the year of working remotely. Well, the magazine’s editors may be right about that — but not for the reasons they expected. Instead, growing concerns about Covid-19 have prompted many organizations, both global and domestic, to start talking about protocols for sending their workforces home and ways they can maintain high levels of operability should …

Walking The Talk Of Unconscious Bias Training

Article originally published in Forbes, December 2019 As a communications coach, I’m a staunch supporter of companies having a robust professional development curriculum. Yet even I will agree that corporate training on inclusivity and unconscious bias have their pitfalls and limitations if employees don’t — and aren’t expected to — practice what they learn when their decisions matter most. Enter the annual …

Oops…I Did It Again

Remember in January when we set our sights on those shiny goals for a new year and a new decade? Well, welcome to February — the lustre of our ambition has worn off a bit, and (if you’re like me) you may be feeling a bit disheartened about your progress to date.  But as with most things, the magic in …

Fringe PD makes big move to enhance client experience

WASHINGTON — One of the fastest-growing coaching and training firms just got bigger: Megan McGrath Corsetti joined the female-led Fringe Professional Development (PD) team on Feb. 10 as its director of client relationships. “We are thrilled to be adding Megan’s energy and wisdom to our team of whip-smart trainers and consultants and look forward to seeing her ideas strengthen the impact of our …

Cancel Culture, Revisited

Any good business person will tell you that failures are a necessary ingredient of success. They demonstrate ambition to push limits, resilience against setbacks, and the creativity inherent in trial and error. Yet this same principle is rarely applied to the rules of engagement between co-workers. An isolated slip-up of questionable language, for example, can lead to HR action, and …

Gather ‘Round the Table, Ya’ll

Want to know what I’m thankful for this year? Thanksgiving dinner. But it’s not because the food is delicious (although my sweet potatoes are amazing …). It’s because holiday meals are the perfect testing grounds for mediating disputes.   Think about it. Mediation, when successful, is simply communicating through conflict with the goal of reaching an agreement that lets everyone carry …

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