Keys 2 Action Consulting

To make strategy real, for an individual, team or organization, it must be actionable and achievable. K2A can help design your best solution.

TED Radio Hour

I love the hope this teacher gives me for the future of our young people and the inspiration to be a part of the conversation at all levels.

Liz Kleinrock teaches her students about diversity and race whenever she can — even during science and writing lessons.

Sunni Brown Ink

You don’t have to be an artist to doodle and the benefits have been proven time and time again.

New article in Fast Company encouraging the spirit of the #DoodleRevolution, and it wasn't even me who offered this brilliant quote:

"When you engage in drawing, to the brain, that is like having chocolate. It feels good. And doodling actually activated it the most.”

WorkWhile Life

And more of need to find ways to demonstrate that we value life balance to ourselves and those we lead.

Who we are is how we lead.

Brené Brown

In our homes, classrooms, organizations, communities, and countries.

Are you ready to take the steps towards becoming a more authentic leader? Are you willing to be brave in discovering what is holding you back or getting in the way? I’m ready to partner with you as a guide for that journey. Reach out and let’s talk about how to get started.

So grateful for last week’s training with Brené Brown and her team to dig deep into topics like how we armor up to protect ourselves from the vulnerability of feeling shame, how the stories we tell ourselves often reinforce those feelings, and how all that gets in the way of how we show up as leaders, partners, parents, and friends. Can’t wait to start helping clients who are ready to do the hard work of uncovering their own authenticity.

Two and a half days of amazing learning with Brene Brown. Can’t wait to bring this important process to my clients.

Just arrived in San Antonio for 2.5 days of training with Brene Brown to become a certified Dare to Lead facilitator. Let the learning begin!

Love being a part of this great community of small and large businesses supporting our military readiness.

Member Spotlight|| Katherine Smith, CEO & Founder of Keys 2 Action Consulting traveled and served 4 tours around the world before she was 30. She plans to travel more around the USA in the future. Learn about the company and what membership brings to her as a small business defense contractor. #defensecontractor #CDCA

Brené Brown

We are so excited to be a part of the June cohort for the Daring to Lead program based on this same material. Looking forward to adding this approach to our leadership development and coaching toolbox.

The Daring Way™ is an empirically based training and certification program for helping professionals, based on my research. We offer curricula that focus on the topics covered in my books, including courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Our methodology is designed for work with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Our goal is to make the world a more courageous place by helping people learn how to show up, be seen, and live brave. We rigorously train helping professionals in an effective and empirically based approach to change.

We’re building a community of wholehearted practitioners who believe in the worthiness of all people and who are dedicated to walking with them on some of their most difficult journeys. To maintain the integrity of our program, our community of professionals has access to peer support, case consultation, the exchange of ideas, and ongoing practice development and tools.

Join us in May or July for one of our 2019 trainings!

Stay brave, kinda awkward, and always kind.

Fast Company

Those who demonstrate emotional intelligence are able to touch our lives in amazing ways no matter what their role.

Six years ago, Bourdain ended the series "No Reservations" with one of his trademark epilogues — delivered in the way only he could. (via Inc. Magazine)

Love the simple drawings for some words that I find complicated to capture when graphically recording.

Clever Illustrations Of “Same” Words That People Confuse Way Too Often

Harvard Business Review

These thoughts apply to leading organizations, working with teams, or pitching your next great idea to the world.

What makes a great presentation, according to a TEDx producer.

Trust is a Muscle!!

Trust is a muscle that needs exercise to strengthen. “How do I know when I can trust a Rebel at Work?” We often get asked this question. A manager or team leader hears Lois or I present, agrees with our message that the people who work for him often have solutions for the team’s problems or can identify new opportunities, but double clutches at ...


“If we are going to find our way back to each other, we have to understand and know empathy....”

"Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage." — Brené Brown

Watch Brené's classic TED Talk here:

Drew Brees had incredible message for his kids after breaking NFL passing record

"I love you guys so much. You can accomplish anything in life if you're willing to work for it! Alright?" Drew Brees knows it...hard work is critical and working with a great coach can make that effort pay off even faster. Amazing message.


Coaching isn’t about how good you are, it’s about how great you can be.

Want to get better at the work you do? Find a coach.

Watch Atul Gawande's full TED Talk here:

Great tips for better listening...something that we can all benefit from.

Good listeners master these 7 skills:

This Change-Maker Left Wall Street To Support Female Entrepreneurs of Color - Conscious Company

This is a great article about women helping women, especially important for women of color but a lesson we can all take. Women of color are the fastest-growing population of entrepreneurs in the United States. As of last year, more than 5 million Black, Latina, Asian, and Native American women sat at the helms of their own companies — pulling in $360 billion in revenue — and women of color now start between 600....

17 Brene Brown Quotes to Inspire You to Success and Happiness There's a reason researcher and bestselling author Brene Brown inspires millions around the world to success and happiness with her words of wisdom.

Getting ready for the kickoff meeting with our new corporate client and found a great little coffee shop/alternative office. Life is good!

The Economist

One of our key actions is to help organizations hold fewer, more meaningful meetings with higher employee engagement.

Perhaps because they are aware of the futility of their input, fewer than half of the people in a large office meeting will bother to speak and at least half of the attendees will at some point check their phones

How visual learners can use color to take better notes - Ink Factory

At K2A we believe that the mindful use of color is key to making learning easier, improving the ability to remember content and in just making the process, almost any process, that much more engaging. Whether you want to stay focused during a presentation, remember more information during a class lecture, or explain your ideas more clearly in your next pitch, having color in your visual notes tool belt will make all the difference!

The Surprising Solution to the Imposter Syndrome | Lou Solomon | TEDxCharlotte

Lou Solomon states that nearly 70% of successful people have experienced imposter syndrome. She suggests that reframing our self talk can be an important first step to building confidence. When that’s hard to do, an experienced coach can help you find the keys to change the your story.

Answers to the self-doubt experienced by successful people can help anyone build a stronger sense of self. 70% of successful people have experienced the feel...

[06/18/18]   As a consultant, I’m often asked how to improve some current process or product that my client is struggling with. Looking at the material for a training class on financial procedures, I asked myself a question that we use in leadership coaching all the time…”was there a time in the past where you successfully navigated a situation like this?” With that simple prompt, I remembered a 2-day business simulation that I’d gone through MANY years ago when the organization I worked for at the time wanted a quick way to teach business acumen. The very fact that I still recall the training more than 20 years later says a lot about how impactful the approach was despite that the material was much like what I was now reacting to as dry and boring.
When I shared the idea of creating a financial simulation with my client and explained what I would model it from, they were excited and energized to move forward with this “new” approach. It just goes to show that we never know where we may draw inspiration from our past, but it’s there to serve us if we only ask the right question.

What are your go-to questions?

The Life On Purpose Movement

Great quotes by Brene Brown to remind us how to be resilient and strong.

So many gems! "To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly."

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Hopefully more organizations will follow his lead. Storytelling helps create connection and engagement as well as a deeper exchange of information. Three reasons why narrative memos replaced PowerPoint at Amazon.

Partnering with our colleague at Cognitio Corp on an exciting potential new project. Getting out the portable paper and markers!

Fast Company

More and more I hear from senior executives who feel trapped by organizations that only want them to keep doing what got them to the senior ranks in the first place. They lament lack of personal and professional growth, and a waning of their technical skills. This article points out some great steps, including working with a coach who can help open the aperture to see new possibilities.

The bad news: There’s no single decisive thing you can do to engineer a change. The good news: Your small habits and activities can add up to a successful exit strategy if you’re diligent.

8 Reasons Conscious Companies Should Embrace Remote Work - Conscious Company

More evidence of a growing trend for remote workers. Number 7 about less interpersonal issues may be true, especially compared to those working in cubes, but doesn't address that a lack of interpersonal relationships may lead to disengagement. Coaching employees can be a useful way to let employees know they are valued while helping them address some of the issues of working in nontraditional spaces. Companies are finding fewer and fewer reasons to resist telecommuting.

These companies want you to work from home

More and more people I meet work from home or some other non traditional office space. Challenges they mention include finding motivation and staying engaged with the company. If you are part of this growing trend, what do you find most demanding? As professionals demand work flexibility, more and more U.S. companies are giving employees the opportunity to work from home.

What a great start to the holiday season at Keys 2 Action - volunteering for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. [Before, During, After Day 1] Hard work but fun day with fellow volunteers from Fruit of the Loom, Spokes, and the Citadel.

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