office 10 pano.jpg

Inspiring Healthy Organizations since 2007…

About The Work

What inspires me to do this work is thinking about the many individuals and organizations I worked with over the last 10+ years and what they achieved. They got out of the toxic situation. They changed the team they worked on, or resigned and started their own businesses, or went back to school. Business owners started realizing how expensive it was to chase talent that was always leaving for “greener pastures.” These owners started looking for new approaches to working with people - not merely giving lip service to ‘being respectful’ but actually doing it in tangible ways like using the enneagram, being vulnerable, and creating safe spaces to communicate and disagree. The stories they tell of the today version of their organizations are unrecognizable from the ‘before’. Today, they’re making money, happy to contribute and innovate, and truly enjoy their work and colleagues. They’re not just surviving, they’re thriving!

What inspires me even more is reading about other cultures - and here I give a heart-felt and deep bow of respect to Indigenous cultures the world over - that have known the ways of making productive and peaceful collaborations. It inspires me to read about Deganawidah, also known as the Peacemaker, of the Iroquois Confederacy on whose Constitution our very own US Constitution is based. Or, a more contemporary example would be Elder Jeannette Armstrong of the Okanagan First Peoples who shares the "Four Societies" practice of community organizing, a way for all voices to be heard and contribute to decision-making. There is wisdom in these stories and practices, and, it reminds me of what Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes (author of "Women Who Run With The Wolves") once said, “wisdom is what works."

We can build better companies, strong collaborations, and prosperous eco-systems. There is only one starting point.

People matter. Not some. Not some of the time. People matter (period). Building a company, or organization, on that solid ground is the path toward prosperity and peace. And that more than anything inspires me!

 
 

About Kelleen

Kelleen Griffin helps people work well together, so they can make a greater impact in the world. Hailed an “organizational healer”, Kelleen has helped many mission-driven companies transform their people issues into productive, peaceful collaborations. Blending management and leadership principles with indigenous wisdom and storytelling, Kelleen’s pioneering approach brings out the brilliance in people to unlock business performance.

Kelleen has an MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business in NYC, and a Masters of Science in Organizational Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in MD. She completed a Certificate in East/West Psychology, focused on cultural anthropology and indigenous approaches to community building and healing. She is a former CPA who specialized in mergers and acquisitions on Wall Street where she ‘discovered’ just how messy humans could be! She’s a professional public speaker and has lived, worked and traveled all over the world, 19 countries and counting.