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LIFE HAPPENS ON THE EDGE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE™



One of the hallmarks of our work at Common Ground Consulting LLC™ is asking and pushing our clients to step outside of their comfort zones and embrace the sense of awe, excitement, and opportunity that comes with facing one's fears-organizational or individual. We work systematically to create safe spaces where questions are encouraged, differences are celebrated, and conflict is viewed as a natural and requisite component of any change process.

We will create a space for you to have difficult conversations; address the issues that are creating organizational blocks; and uncover and discover hidden skills, talents, and other organizational assets.

In order to understand how the comfort zone concept is integrated into our consulting practice, we use the metaphor of the bubble, which surrounds and moves with us, protects and shields us, and keeps us feeling safe. The fluidity of the bubble allows us to move through our day interacting with people and situations through the safety of our comfort zone. As we navigate our often stressful lives, this approach helps us to be productive, feel connected to those we care about, and maintain our personal status quo.

Usually, when a client comes to us for consulting services, it is because the status quo is no longer working or "the bubble" has become too limiting. Sometimes we become so comfortable that our organizations stop innovating-stop growing. Even worse, maybe they have begun to wither. Perhaps your staff or board members approach their work with less passion, or it has become more difficult for you to remain competitive with your colleague organizations.

In these moments, we will work with you to address the systemic issues; and then, perhaps more importantly, we will begin to push. We will create a space for you to have difficult conversations; address the issues that are creating organizational blocks; and uncover and discover hidden skills, talents, and other organizational assets. We will help you to create strategies for risk-taking that allow your comfort zone bubble to expand and adapt to changing conditions. We will help you to increase your organizational fluidity and become more competitive and more efficient.

Often in the social-profit sector, our personal and professional lives can become blurred. This is normal and can be expected when people with a passion for making a difference in the world manage to find an organization that can help them do it. In this case, too, we will work with each client to determine the best ways to help the individuals connected with your organization to expand their own comfort zones, making them better able to deal with conflict, differences, and all of the other day-to-day events which can create anxiety and weaken your mission-critical activities.


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