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If there is one thing that we need right now, our teams and workplaces alike, it’s more compassion in the workplace. This requires Grief-Informed Leadership. As leaders and team members spend a significant portion of their time in the workplace, cultivating understanding of grief becomes a powerful way to foster connection and trust among colleagues.

Enter Kathi Balasek, an educator, grief literacy communication coach, university assistant professor, speaker, podcast host, and widow advocate. Kathi specializes in training professionals to enhance their grief literacy communication skills, enabling them to effectively engage, support, and retain clients and employees navigating life’s most challenging transitions.

In my conversation with Kathi, we delve into various aspects of grief, discussing both personal considerations when grieving and what leaders should be attuned to when a team member is experiencing grief. There’s no better time than now to take a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to addressing grief in the workplace. When team members feel that their well-being is genuinely cared for, they not only feel valued but also experience a heightened sense of belonging.

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Welcome to Season 3 of Inside Out Leadership with Robb Holman

Robb Holman is on a mission to interview the world’s greatest Inside Out Leaders in 2023.

These transformational leaders are leaving an extraordinary mark within their sphere of influence resulting in transformational change. They have faithfully demonstrated inspiration, humility, courage, perseverance, and servant leadership!

SEASON 3 FOCUS: “Leaving A Legacy”

Your legacy depends on the presence you bring to your relationships. This is about having influence that matters. If you desire to leave a lasting imprint on your organization, learn the discipline, the beauty, and the power of being present with the one team member that’s before you. The interviews will be recorded and then featured on Robb Holman’s Inside Out Leadership Podcast.

In the tenth episode of season 3, I engage in a conversation with grief literacy coach Kathi Balasek. Together, we explore various facets of grief, addressing both the personal considerations individuals face while grieving and the important insights leaders should be mindful of when a team member is going through a period of grief.


About Robb Holman

Robb Holman is a sought after global  Keynote Speaker, CEO of global leadership consultancy, Holman International, and 3x Author of leadership books, Lead the Way, All In, and Move the Needle. In 2022 and 2023 Robb was named one of the World’s Top 30 Leadership Speakers & Thought Leaders through Global Gurus.  In 2023 he was inducted into the Power List of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership, and his Inside Out Leadership philosophy has been featured in publications like Inc, Forbes, and Fast Company. You can visit Robb by going here.

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