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Soliciting Advice: Soliciting, accepting, understanding and implementing feedback related to your projects from users, experts and stakeholders.

Cultivating Emotional Awareness: Being totally yourself in personal and professional settings, by strengthening your understanding of who you are and your relationship with the people around you.

Overcoming Explicit Bias: Surfacing, confronting and questioning your explicit biases (assumptions that you know that you make) and understanding how these biases influence your ability to make consistently sound decisions.

Surfacing Implicit Bias: Surfacing, confronting and challenging your implicit biases (assumptions that you don't know that you make) and understanding how these biases influence your ability to make consistently sound decisions.

Charismatic Connecting: Making certain that your team interactions are energetic, personal and balanced and making consistent efforts to explore outside of your team, bringing information back.

Cultivating Compassion: Understanding and showing compassion for the suffering of your teammates, collaborators, audience or users and being motivated to support the relief of that suffering through your creative designs. 

Cultivating Inner Confidence: Trusting in oneself to take action; trusting your intuition, remaining optimistic when facing challenges and productively advocating for your unique solutions.   Recognizing and overcoming the emotional fears that restrain your decisive or creative actions.

Cultivating Courage: Recognizing and overcoming the emotional fears that restrain your decisive or creative actions.

Embracing Conflict: Acknowledging the inevitability of conflict and suppressing the urge to fight or flee when emotions run hot.

Taming Your Ego: Maintaining a balanced level of esteem and avoiding the over-inflated ego, primarily through discovering and embracing activities that are done not with the expectation of some future benefit, but simply to experience it.

Cultivating Empathy: Considering the perspectives of others through authentic, empathetic understanding.

Cultivating Broad Exploration: Maintaining a lifelong learner’s mindset by embracing new experiences and seeking diverse perspectives.

Cultivating Your Flow: Identifying and embracing the capabilities where you excel and the activities that put you in a flow state.

Cultivating Active Listening: Giving full attention to what their people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Cultivating Presence: Avoiding the temptation of jumping to conclusions and strengthening the discipline to consistently look beyond surface-level impressions.

Cultivating Persuasion: Making your point clearly and concisely through informal communications (chats, emails, conversations, calls etc.).

Evoking Your Purpose: Understanding and embracing your calling; what it is that you’re meant to become.

Cultivating Resilience: Embracing a mindset that views ‘failures’ as propulsive learning opportunities and not as debilitating setbacks and value judgments.

Cultivating Self-Acceptance: Calming the instinct to self-censor and seek social acceptance through thoughtful routines and consistent inner-work.

Cultivating Thoughtful Skepticism: Resisting the assumption of commonly held beliefs and status quo opinions, remaining open to alternate possibilities.

Enjoying Solitude: Embracing the moments of space, silence, and solitude that can instigate a greater understanding of self.

Cultivating a Culture of Support: Operating collaboratively and earning trust with teammates in a way that provokes loyalty, strengthens retention and encourages others to go the extra mile.

Cultivating Trust: Understanding the people with whom you collaborate through engaging in frequent, meaningful interactions in an atmosphere of equality.

Cultivating a Culture of Wholeness: Unlocking optimum team performance by creating a professional and productive environment where every team member feels comfortable being themselves when they show up for work.