That Make a Difference
Do You Want to Thrive or Just Survive?
Social and emotional competence and strong social capital are keys to thriving. Our well-being and performance depend on it.
We’ve been so focused on academic and professional achievements, our social and emotional skills are underdeveloped or underutilized.
The good news is that we can develop and learn to use social and emotional intelligence to create connections, with ourselves and others, and improve our social capital so we can thrive. Who doesn’t want that?
What are you waiting for? Invest in your well-being and performance today!
“Kjirsten brings a refreshing passion and energy to teams and projects, adding value through novel insights and bold thinking that is not constrained by the status quo. Her presentation skills are amazing.”
Jean, Consultant and Author
Kjirsten speaks at events and delivers workshops on topics related to developing and utilizing social, emotional and cultural intelligence to develop a greater sense of self, more effective management of emotions, stronger relationships and ultimately elevated well-being and performance.
Recent speaking engagements include:
- General Mills, Hispanic Leadership Development Day, Authentic Impact
- Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) Annual Conference, Workshop: Partners in Coping
- Girls Are Powerful organization, Well-being Matters series, Workshop: All the Feels
- Connection Radio Show, AM950, Interview: Conversations that Connect
- School Social Work Network, Interview: Leadership for Teacher Leaders
Coaching & Consulting
“Kjirsten is a passionate and “present” coach – she listens deeply and responds with genuine care and good questions and counsel. She is masterful at helping clients wrestle with their limiting beliefs and helping them get “unstuck”.
Mary, Leadership Development, Executive and Career Coach
Leaders, Professionals, Parents, Educators: Are you living the life you want to live?
Invest in yourself. Discover who you are. Explore what’s possible. Become who you want to be. Create the life you want to live.
What is Coaching?
- Coaching is a partnership that we co-create to help you identify who you are, what you want and how to make it happen.
- It’s about starting where you are today and creating a path forward.
- It’s about discovery, exploration, and creation.
- It’s a gift you give yourself to live the life you want to live. You deserve it!
Social, emotional and cultural intelligence at the individual level is really important, but it’s not enough. Organizations thrive when social, emotional and cultural intelligence is integrated into the way they do business. Not just in HR…but also Sales, Supply Chain, Finance, Marketing and R&D.
Our kids are our future changemakers and employees.While it’s never too late to develop social and emotional intelligence skills, the younger the better.
Connection Zoo® gives kids a vocabulary to talk about the big emotions, stress or anxiety they’re feeling. This play-based learning product teaches kids the social and emotional skills they need to feel well, be well and do well.
Use as conversation cards or for game play to create a regular practice of connection, awareness, conversation, and self-management for now and throughout life.
Fun. Easy. Screen-Free. Portable. All abilities.
Connection Zoo ® is playful learning that connects.
Mother and son team, Kjirsten and Taylor Mickesh, started ConnectHuman because they understand the power of social connectedness, at home, school, work, in life. Their mission is to create human connection that improves well-being and performance.
Kjirsten is Co-Founder and CEO of ConnectHuman. She has been a student of human and organizational behavior for over two decades, having led all aspects of Human Resources at global companies in multiple industries. Kjirsten is an ICF certified coach with specialized training in social and emotional intelligence.
Kjirsten is known for her courageous leadership and ability to address complex opportunities with focus and alignment to achieve differential results. Her approach to building relationships allows her to create boundaryless partnerships and collaboration.
Taylor is Co-Founder and Product Design and Development Leader for ConnectHuman. He designed Connection Zoo®, social and emotional skills products for kids, to respond to the growing prevalence of childhood stress and anxiety and an inability to talk about and manage emotions.
Taylor is an outgoing, creative, empathetic person with a competence in product design, photography, ergonomics, and customer satisfaction that makes people’s lives better.
“Today’s most valuable currency is social capital, defined as the information, expertise, trust and total value that exists in the relationships you have and social networks to which you belong.”
– Keith Ferrazzi, Author & Thought Leader
We’d love to explore how we might work together. Let us know what questions or ideas you have. We’re very happy to spend up to 30 minutes with you in an initial exploratory conversation to discover the magic we can create together.