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Bredenberg Associates provides proven approaches and leading-edge resources for harnessing your team's energy, talents, and creativity. Our coaches mentor leaders to cultivate cultures of trust, accountability, synergy, and get the work done. We equip your team with the leadership skills and innovation solutions to navigate nimbly and sustainably in today's environment of dynamic change.

Services we offer:
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Is Leadership a Position, Process or Practice?

We often think of leadership as a "position." But really, it's as much a process as well as a personal practice. What is YOUR leadership practice or process? 

Curiosity is a skill I encourage leaders to cultivate. In the 21st century, leaders can't possibly have all the answers. But they CAN ask useful questions. Well-formed questions can engage participation, encourage creativity, and help focus efforts toward a goal.

If you are interested in resources and research into Leadership behavioral "best practices," join a select group of leaders, OD professionals and trainers in Boston on Thursday, March 13 for Leadership Essentials: Intro to The Work of Leaders, where we will explore a simple, compelling leadership process that successful leaders use. Registered participants will receive a personalized Work of Leaders profile that provides feedback on their application of research-based leadership best practices. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

5 Non-Romantic ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

I LOVE Valentine's Day!
It's a reminder to open my heart to love.  It's a chance to share love...romantically, platonically, spiritually.
Even though I'm an incurable romantic, Valentine's Day hasn't always been one of my favorite holidays.  Many V-days I've been single and not in a romantic relationship.  All the hearts and flowers, reminders to "share your love," and storefronts with displays of sexy lingerie were irritating reminders of what I didn't have in my life.  I longed for a partner that I could lavish with love and attention.  It was easy to slip into depression and a sense that I was really missing out on an important aspect of life.
So I learned to be creative...and loving.  I declared Valentine's Day, "I Love Me Day" and make sure I give myself the love and caring that I would give to a lover.   It helped to actually plan my Valentine's Day in advance so that I could arrive on the date with an open heart and positive anticipation.  Starting with my first thoughts of the day, greeting myself with words of love and appreciation....even pointing out those qualities that are unique and would sound like bragging if I said them out loud to someone else.   Hey, I know myself!
Even on work days...especially on work days...I make sure to treat myself to things that I might not otherwise do...take a leisurely lunch break followed by a walk, personal pampering, lose myself in a good movie or book (you don't need another person to enjoy a good flick and homemade popcorn).  I found some very interesting non-romantic ways to celebrate Valentine's Day here.
This year I am grateful that I have a beloved to celebrate Valentine's Day with.  He's already dropping hints about a special meal that he's planning to make and other delicious surprises for the evening.  I've got a few ideas of my own.  But I'm still planning on celebrating "I Love Me Day."

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Leadership Essentials: Intro to The Work of Leaders

Is leadership an inherent quality or is it something that can be learned and practiced?

Come join us on Thursday March 13th, 5:30 PM- 8:30 PM at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA!

Gear up for the next phase of your leadership journey equipped with knowledge and best practices that are essential to guiding your organization and team.  This highly interactive session addresses real-world demands that today’s leaders face.  You'll participate in powerful conversations that are generated through strategic inquiry, multimedia presentations, and case studies.  Outcome-based activities lead you to a clear path for action. This program is designed for business and community leaders, consultants and coaches.  Teams are encourage to attend to make the most of the learning together.

For more information or to register click HERE.

The Work of Leaders was developed from six years of research analyzing and distilling the work of prominent leadership scholars.  Interviews with over 300 leadership experts contributed to this program’s design.  Self-assessment, peer interactions, and expert facilitation inspire strategies for more skillful leadership.  Designed for leaders in all sectors and throughout organizations. You will receive your own Work of Leaders profile that helps leaders take action with personalized insights and strategies.  Tuition includes The Work of Leaders profile ($90 value). Pizza and beverages will be available during 5:00 - 5:30 Networking period.
“Leaders need more than just vision. They need to be able to align people, processes and projects to their organization’s purpose.  And then they need to take action to make things happen." -- Dr. Charles Tweedly, Dean, Center for Innovative Professional Development at Pine Manor College.

Be one of the first 6 to register and receive a 20% discount! Register by clicking HERE.

Speaker Ingrid Bredenberg M.A. is known for her fresh, innovative approaches to collaboration, creativity and leadership. For over 20 years she has been working with leaders in healthcare, education, government, and business, equipping them with strategic thinking and collaboration skills to lead their organizations more effectively. She teaches Leadership & Management at Marlboro College Graduate School in Brattleboro, VT and is on the faculty of several leadership programs in western Massachusetts. She is the designer of NY State’s Office of Healthcare Insurance Programs leadership program for senior leaders. She is also a Certified Practitioner of Holacracy®, NLP, and an Everything DiSC Partner with John Wiley Publishing. Visit her website at

with Ingrid Bredenberg M.A., Strategic Coach

Why is Leadership even more important now?
New England is at a precarious and pivotal point in its competitive position in the national economy. Among the greatest workforce challenges are an aging workforce, a shortage of skilled youth, and a mismatch of existing worker skill sets for today's and tomorrow's needs.
National workforce facts:
  • Health Care -75% of the medical knowledge is obsolete in 8-10 years.
  • Computers Replacing Human Capital - By 2015 the power of an off-the-shelf computer will exceed the intelligence of that of a human being.
  • The Need for Continuous Learning - 50% of the job and knowledge skills of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) became obsolete in 12-15 years; 50% the job and knowledge skills of those born after 1965 and before 1984 will become obsolete in just 30-36 months.
  • Future Workforce - 80% of the jobs today's kindergartners will occupy sometime in the future, don't yet exist.
In New England
  • Employment - Employment in New England has been basically flat for 15 years.
  • Aging Workforce - Seven of the 10 oldest states are in New England, with a median population age of 38.5.
  • Slow Population Growth - Seven of the 10 slowest growing states are in the Northeast.
Our region needs workers that are able to keep pace with the accelerating educational and technological demands of the 21st Century workplace.
Leaders must be innovative collaborators, effective coaches and lifelong learners, gaining skills to move “at the speed of change”. They must be able to create a work environment that fosters trust and accountability. They must be able to implement strategies and provide time and resources to attract develop, and retain good workers.
The Work of Leaders research, program and profile can help you develop your leaders to provide Vision, build Alignment, and champion Execution to assure success and sustainability of your organization.

Register for this event by clicking HERE!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Leaders...Will you dance?

Bredenberg Associates: Will you dance?: Why should leaders dance?   It's more than a great metaphor...dancing requires essential leadership skills. A leader who dances ha...