ANNOUNCING Our 2023 Graceful Giving Recipients!

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We are SO pleased to announce the selection of eight seasoned and aspiring non-profit managers for this year’s Graceful Giving leadership training series based on Patrick Lencioni’s book, “The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®.”

For nearly 10 years, they have committed to giving back by holding an annual celebration called Graceful Giving. It culminates in the award of free professional development to benefit non-profit leaders who serve our communities every day. 

In the past, only six individuals were chosen to receive training. However, for 2023, the candidate pool was so compelling that eight have been invited.

Our professional development time together will leverage The Five Behaviors® proven framework to help each participant adopt powerful principles and shape new behaviors, empowering them to rewrite what it means to work as team.

“We had an amazing and impressive pool of applicants this year!” -Robin Eichert, Founder of PeopleSense Consulting

This inspiring cohort will dive into their five-session training series and invest in approximately eight hours of professional development from December 2022 to February 2023. Using the Everything DiSC® Management model, learners will reflect on several key management skill sets, choosing one to focus on. The strategies they uncover will:

  • Increase their effectiveness as managers

  • Help them develop the full potential of the people they lead

  • And result in BIG benefits for the non-profits they serve!

Both rich and challenging, the program (valued at $995 per person) will leverage Everything DiSC’s proven framework to help each participant understand how their unique style informs their management approach.

Here’s what this year’s change-makers had to say about why they want to Manage with Grace…

“Often as a manger, we don't always have time to focus on our management style, I would appreciate learning how to be more effective and efficient.”

Erin Buck

Fitness and Personal Training Director

“I am looking forward to this program so that I can recognize and develop my own management style. I’d like to better understand the strengths and weaknesses I am likely to emulate as a leader and develop my own growth plan in this area.”

Lauren Getts

Director of Marketing and Communications

“As a first generation Haitian American, a lot of my choices break new ground and I am often figuring things out as I go along. I hope to pass on the best of the things I learn to those who will greatly benefit from them coming up behind me.”

Stanley Delva

Institutional Relations Manager

Strong leaders and a healthy work culture are critical to the sustainability of a thriving non-profit, and those are two ingredients PeopleSense Consulting bakes into the work we do all year long. With this year’s Graceful Giving cohort, we’re looking forward to a fun, engaging, and worthwhile experience together.

Here’s to your Graceful Leadership!

October is Graceful Giving!

At PeopleSense, we believe in a couple guiding principles: fostering healthy relationships and giving back.

They’re baked into the work we do all year long, but October gives us a chance to highlight these important priorities. What started years ago as a fun and quirky birthday celebration for my adopted dog, Grace, continues to grow and evolve into a significant offering to non-profit organizations.

The original intent was to acknowledge what an inspiration Grace had been to me, not just personally but professionally.Understanding how we interact with another, especially in challenging times (whether co-worker, family member, or pet), we can improve those relationships. It starts with self-awareness, then building skills to adjust in ways that respect both parties.

A natural extension was to involve the non-profit community, recognizing the work (and people) who do so much to enrich the lives of all of us. Grace and I benefited from several non-profit organizations that not only pulled her off the streets of Puerto Rico but also provided training resources that made an enormous difference in our relationship.

Graceful Giving was launched nearly 10 years ago and even though Grace has passed, her lessons remain strong.

Non-Profit Managers—We Invite You to Join Graceful Giving!

Free Training Program for Non-Profit Managers!

This year, our Graceful Giving program will offer six individuals, each from a different non-profit, a seat at a management development program entitled: “Managing with Grace: Find Your SuperPower to Leading Well.” The program is intended to support anyone wanting to improve and enhance their leadership potential.

Non-profits are often (and understandably) struggling to fund services that support their mission. With budgets tight on basic needs, like infrastructure and payroll, professional development programs are historically neglected, if held at all. Yet, having strong leaders and a healthy work culture are critical to the sustainability of a thriving non-profit.

Supporting leaders in their professional growth, which leads to healthy work environments is what we do. Let’s collaborate! We can support your needs and our resources for a fun, engaging, and worthwhile experience together.

“I really appreciated the chance to be introspective and better understand the strengths and challenges of some of my tendencies. I think the most beneficial part was hearing how each of the DiSC styles play off of each other.”

-2021 Graceful Giving Participant, Monadnock United Way

Description of “Managing with Grace” Program

Our work together will be based on the Everything DiSC® Management module, a professional development solution proven to increase the effectiveness of anyone in a management rolewhether managing direct reports or the relationship with their own manager. A complete program focuses learning in five key areas:

  • Your Management Style
  • Direct and delegate
  • Motivation
  • Develop talent
  • Manage up

Our first, full-group session of “Managing with Grace: Find Your SuperPower to Leading Wellwill provide an overview of each area. Then you will select one of the content areas that meets your unique professional development goal. Others with similar development goals will meet in a small group, facilitated for deeper discovery and improvement opportunities.

You’ll also have the opportunity to experience a one-on-one session, where you, in discussion with a member of the PeopleSense team, identify specific, actionable steps to drive your success. Your learning journey culminates in a full-group gathering where you will present your goal, learning steps, and action plan.

At the completion of the program, participants will have ongoing access to the learning platform, Catalyst, for continued development long after our official time together as a group wraps up.

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Participant Take-Aways

This list outlines the potential benefits of this program. Note that each person will find some more applicable than others for their specific needs.

  • Discover your DiSC Management style: recognize the priorities and preferences that shape your experience as a manager of others and as an employee who must also effectively manage up.
  • Understand how your unique style informs your approach to directing and delegation.
  • Learn strategies for improving employee motivation and developing the full potential of people with various DiSC styles.
  • Identify new ways to work more effectively with your manager.

“Excellent facilitation! You do a great job of reflecting back what you are hearing and adding helpful insights. The lessons were really good and you provided a safe place for everyone.”

-2021 Graceful Giving Participant, MUW