Father Christmas in an airport

A time for Grace and Gratitude

December 21, 2021

This will more than likely be our last post for 2021. And what a year it has been. For those of you that follow along in this space, you know that in July, I had a pretty severe accident and spent a week in the ICU. Last week I had the final of 4 surgeries on my right foot rebuilding and repairing all 5 of my metatarsals. I lost my dad in January and had a long-planned sabbatical shrunk to a wonderful few weeks off.

So all in all 2021 was a year to forget.   

On the upside, we have had a great year serving clients and are very pleased Stephanie Craig has joined Jeff, Andrew, and me. Her energy and insight have been a refreshing breath of fresh air that we have all benefited from, but mostly our clients in the way she is leading our consulting business. We successfully launched Kith Academy and the learning and growth we got to be a part of was a highlight of the year. 

All of that makes me pause and reflect on grace and grounding.

To that end if you are looking for a great holiday read that will feed your soul and serve your career please check out Saving Grace by Kirsten Powers. She writes for USA Today, and is an on-air political analyst at CNN and has a terrific new book out called ‘Saving Grace:  Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts’.  

Saving Grace by Kirsten Powers

Here’s an excerpt that sums up why grace is so important.

Grace is good for the world, but it’s also really, really good for you. It keeps you from giving away your power or becoming that which you oppose. When you reject the revenge, aggression, domination, and retaliation that are the hallmarks of our culture and respond with grace, you bring peace into the world. You bring peace into your heart…….It is substantial and muscular. It is a force in its own right. It is our strength in times of trouble. It points us to the possibilities in people and in our country. It conjures up images of something more than what we have – of a place where the idea of the “other” does not exist. Grace is an idea worth saving, and in the end, it might just be what saves us – in ways we have not yet imagined.

Sounds like great idea to me

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and on to a great 2022. 

Our 2021 Christmas card up top is by the amazing Lina Pinilla

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Bill is a reputation management, crisis communications and professional development expert, keynote speaker, Wall Street Journal Risk & Compliance panelist, and best-selling author of Critical Moments: The New Mindset of Reputation Management. He has more than 25 years of global experience managing high-stakes crises, issues management, and media relations challenges for both Fortune 500 companies and winning global political campaigns.