10 Feb 2021

Grooa newsletter February
The Steep Road of Courageous Inclusion How are you holding up these days? As policy makers go about renewing and extending contact restrictions, I find myself suspended in between a mild euphoria for the comfort of working from home and the heartbreaking longing for human contacts. It is a constant emotional rollercoaster that consumes energy, so that I get more easily fatigued and nee...

13 Jan 2021

Grooa Inspiria Center
Happy New Year! These first days of January have been quite rainy in our part of the world, but I am sticking to my personal new-year-resolution: to spend more walking time outside, no matter the weather. I am a stubbornly indoor person, but I have decided to stop making excuses and use the little private forest that surrounds our Grooa Academy Center; even if we are not open for clients...

18 Nov 2020

Grooa Newsletter November
BRINGING SEEDS FOR THOUGHT TO YOU EVERY MONTH! I hope you are staying safe in these proving times. The Second Wave of Pandemic appears to be more proving than the first one. The First Wave was hard, but we learnt a lot. After the initial period of anxiety and fatigue, we managed to cope and we built resilience. Liberated from the obligation to commute, we felt more productive while en...

30 Sep 2020

Grooa newsletter october 2020
I don't know about you, but I am noticing a slight dip in my usual level of energy now that the temperature drops, the rain falls and the pandemic has a global resurgence. We had a long sunny summer in Europe; it helped warm our hearts, soothe our souls and rest our minds from the constant worries about health, work, the worldwide growth of economic inequalities, or even the global warm...

22 Jul 2020

Grooa Newsletter July: Overwhelmed by too many Priorities? These 3 strategies will surprise you
Not a day goes by without someone telling me that they feel under increasing pressure to make faster decisions and deliver ever faster results. I am not surprised. The complexity and interdependence of work has dramatically increased in recent years at the same time as the digital agile world demands ever faster decisions and faster outcomes, whether the organisation one works in has a f...

13 Jul 2017

toxic work place article grooa
“Dear Laura, my workplace has become a nightmare; the workload is horrible, nothing is ever good enough, or fast enough, I am exhausted, my family suffers, I suffer, but I have no choice. Urgent requests keep coming, pressure increases, positions disappear, and I am afraid to loose my job, so I try to hold on, but I am not sure how much longer I can go on like this. What can I do? Love, ...

01 Dec 2016

Grooa Being Present
If you are like me, you are probably very busy right now, juggling the additional work and private demands that seem to make most of us a bit more frantic than usual as we approach Christmas. Every year I try very hard to plan for additional buffer time to help me cope with the inevitable year-end urgencies; and every year I end up filling up all my buffer time and a little more. Yet t...

30 Aug 2016

Increase your Influence
Do you keep a cool head when your ideas are criticized, but become condescending when the discussion takes emotional tones? Are you skilled at diffusing tensions between people, but at the risk of taking too much responsibility on your shoulders? When does your natural style help you and when not? How can you further strengthen your influence? In principle, everyone is capable of learni...

30 Aug 2016

Female Leadership Grooa
Extensive studies show that women across all countries have significantly lower Self-Esteem than men. This is often reflected in a lower degree of Confidence: in spite of proven leadership effectiveness, many women still doubt their capabilities, which may affect their happiness and success. Fortunately, it is possible to increase both Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence. Find out about the...

30 Aug 2016

Grooa how to say no article
If you find it difficult to say NO to colleagues, friends, your boss, or family, you are probably juggling a lot of tasks at the moment! Since you are busy, I will keep this short: you may want to try the ”YES, AND... ?” approach. About 40% of my executive clients have confessed a strong dislike for saying NO to boss and peers, while they find it easier to say NO to subordinates. Anoth...