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Do You Want to Thrive or Just Survive?
Emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance, explaining a full 58% of success in all types of jobs. –World Economic Forum
The quality of the connections we have with other humans has a huge impact on all aspects of our life. Our ability to relate to ourselves and others, socially and emotionally, is what separates us from machines and ultimately contributes to our success.
Social and emotional intelligence – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management – improves emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing, relationships and performance. These skills help us learn, think clearly and make sound decisions. They help us relate to and develop relationships with people who are different from us. Social and emotional skills aren’t soft skills – they’re POWER skills!
As a society, we have been so focused on academic and professional achievements, our social and emotional skills are often underdeveloped or underutilized. The good news is that we can develop and learn to use social and emotional intelligence to create stronger connections, improved well-being and outstanding performance.
What are you waiting for? Invest in your wellbeing 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 a variety of topics related to improving performance and well-being for both individuals and organizations.
- Social and Emotional Intelligence, including Resilience and Empathy
- Diversity and Inclusion, including but not limited to, Cultural Intelligence, Diversity Recruiting for Differential Results, Inclusive Leadership, Courageous Conversations, DEI as a Business Strategy
- Culture Transformation
- Authentic Impact
- Integrated Talent Strategy and Management
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!
Many companies tackle complex challenges with programs or check-off-the-box solutions (usually with really good intent). Often times this approach results in great “pieces” that don’t always fit together in a way that brings desired value and impact to the business. Integrated solutions that are aligned to business objectives, are outcome driven, consider impact on all parts of the organization and involve key stakeholders in a way that optimizes their strengths and relationships, yield differential results.
We help you navigate complex business challenges through the lens of people and organization.
Areas of Expertise:
- Social, Emotional and Cultural Intelligence
- Social Capital as a Business Advantage
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Integrated Talent Strategy
- Global, Virtual Team Effectiveness
- Learning and Development
- Mentoring and other Learning Partnership Programs
- Organizational Change and Transformation (including M&A Integration)
- Culture and Engagement
- Integrated talent strategy, programs and practices
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 empower people and organizations to improve their wellbeing and optimize their performance through meaningful human connection.
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 cross-boundary 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.