Bright Morning Blog
Best-selling author and coaching expert, Elena Aguilar, shares her wisdom about coaching, leading teams, and designing and facilitating transformational professional development.
How to celebrate Coach Appreciation Day
November 5, 2023
Coach Appreciation Day was yesterday, but since it was a Sunday, you can celebrate today, or any time this week! Here are a few suggestions for how to celebrate...
What you’re likely missing when onboarding folks to an established team
August 14, 2023
Many organizations focus on orienting new team members to the technical aspects of a job and their roles and responsibilities. That’s necessary. Few organizations focus on intentionally bringing new teammates into the organization’s culture. Which is unfortunate, because that is game-changing.
How we onboard new team members to our culture
August 7, 2023
In a healthy culture, team members thrive and the organization is far more likely to meet its goals and fulfill its vision. So when Bright Morning recently onboarded new team members, we made the decision to prioritize bringing them into our culture in their first months on the team.
What I’m doing differently in meetings this year
July 31, 2023
Do you facilitate team meetings? If so, is there anything you want to do differently this school year in regards to how you design and facilitate meetings?
10 Post-Facilitation Reflection Questions
July 25, 2023
I am still processing all that I learned at our team retreat in Boulder. One thing I feel really good about is that we accomplished our primary objective—for people to build relationships and connections. I recall dozens of moments during the retreat when that happened, and I can trace that back to intentional and specific design. I designed for connection—I was clear on that being the purpose of the retreat. I attended to a hundred little details that served this purpose—from considering who was paired with whom for activities to the activities that we engaged in. I consistently attended to emotions—I scanned faces and bodies and tones of voice for how people were feeling; when I noticed trepidation or confusion, I named it and paused the conversation and clarified; I cultivated playfulness and joy, because those are powerful avenues for connection. I was very aware of power dynamics and strove to mitigate those as much as possible. And so much more. I could probably write an entire book about leadership and PD just through unpacking one retreat. […]
Say, “Goodbye,” to Imposter Syndrome
July 10, 2023
I have delivered hundreds of presentations and keynotes. Last Friday was the first time I didn’t experience imposter syndrome. As I prepared for my first in-person keynote since November 2019, I wondered if I’d feel rusty or nervous in front of the 500 leaders in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools. I didn’t. I felt energized. And it went well. Really, really well. I didn’t need the applause or appreciative feedback after the speech because I knew in my body and spirit that what I shared hit home and was relevant, useful, and resonant. […]
The Ladder of Inference
July 10, 2023
The Ladder of Inference is widely used in multiple fields. Skillful use of the ladder expands a story. Expanding a story is always helpful when dealing with resistance, because resistance can be frustrating. And an expanded story helps us shift into curiosity and compassion – critical dispositions for a Transformational Coach. […]
How I’m preparing my leadership team to lead
July 10, 2023
I’m in Boulder today with my leadership team preparing for our team retreat which starts tomorrow. We’ve been planning for months, and today, there are final details to attend to: organizing supplies, buying snacks and beverages, scoping out accessible trails, and most importantly, orienting ourselves to how we want to show up. […]
Read this if you design and facilitate team retreats
July 3, 2023
In July 2023, the Bright Morning team will convene in Boulder, CO. We’re spread around the U.S., so it’s a big deal to have in-person retreats. We have lots of virtual meetings, and we get a whole lot done in those and our asynchronous connections. So when I plan our retreats, my guiding question is: What is it that we can only do or experience when we’re in person together? […]