We are trained to provide spiritual and emotional care for moments where life surprises us. We have partnered with clients support them through grief and loss, hospital visitation, or short term counseling.
Roadblocks are part of the process. We coach employees with skills needed to address obstacles in order to achieve their goals. We have assisted some clients discern next steps in their career or life decisions.
At times, a client may want to re-envision their culture, values, and leadership practices. We partner with leaders to create spaces of safety to explore new possibilities.
We believe the workplace deserves purpose, meaning, and joy by nurturing a humanizing environment through care, coaching, and counseling.
We imagine a workplace where you derive purpose, meaning, and joy. We provide care that fosters personal and professional growth. It’s no longer just about work. It’s about why and how we work. It’s about creating a culture of thriving and safety to achieve the goals we dream about, both in the workplace and in life.
Spiritual & Emotional Counseling
Our all-stars come from a diverse areas of specialization.
Executive Director, Staff and Leadership Care Consultant
“Top 3 favorite podcasts/books:
the wounded healer, the advantage, Gymlet startup podcast
What is the one thing about your job that you are really passionate about? Listening and asking questions that help people have deeper understanding of themselves and their current circumstance.
What are your credentials/past experience that have equipped you to be a corporate chaplain? Masters in chaplaincy and pastoral care and counseling, certified spiritual director, currently working on a doctorate.
Kindra Green Carson
Staff and Leadership Care Consultant
Top 3 favorite podcasts/books:
On Being Podcast, Tattoos on the Heart (Gregory Boyle), Awed to Heaven, Rooted to Earth (Walter Brueggemann)
What is the one thing about your job that you are really passionate about? Fiercely insisting that no person suffers alone. Traveling with others as they journey towards wholeness.
What are your credentials/past experience that have equipped you to be a corporate chaplain? I studied Bible and Theology for my Bachelors, Divinity for my Masters, and Doctorate in Leadership. I have been working in ministry for over 20 years.
Staff and Leadership Care Consultant
Top 3 favorite podcasts/books/tv/movies:
Podcasts: Improv 4 Humans, Today: Explained, Homilies by Fr. Richard Rohr
Books: Lord of the Rings, The Shack, The Tale of Desperaux
TV: The Office, DareDevil, The Daily Show, Madam Secretary
What is the one thing about your job that you are really passionate about?
Perhaps this relates to a problem that you feel you can fix given your special skill-set (one sentence): I love meeting one-one or leading a workshop to help someone discover a core issue and action steps for their home or work life.
What are your credentials/past experience that have equipped you to be a corporate chaplain?
Over 15 years of public speaking, organizational leadership, and one-one coaching to individuals, companies, and non-profits. Over 600 hours of certified hospital chaplain work supporting diverse patients and their families during illness or death. Certified Leadership Coach.
We enable companies to re-envision their culture, values, and leadership practices.
We coach employees with skills to overcome obstacles.
We are excited to announce Kindra Green Carson as the new COO of SquarePatch!!
Kindra will develop strategy and implement organizational values and goals for the company. She comes with 20 years of experience in leading and 5 years of consulting. She has a Doctorate in Leadership and is a Certified Leadership Coach.
Kindra is passionate about healthy leadership and the dignity and power of the individual. She thrives on challenge and change. She looks forward to this new year and this fantastic opportunity.
“My favorite thing about this work is supporting companies to fulfill their mission through people living into their fullness— working with dignity and leading with whole hearts.”
Kindra looks forward to serving you and your companies while empowering SquarePatch to fulfill its mission—we believe the workplace deserves purpose, meaning and joy, by nurturing a humanizing environment through care, coaching, and counseling.
You’re an executive in a company that is undergoing changes. New products and services are on the line. Your team has worked hard on creating a new service that you believe will have a big impact on the clients and your bottom line. But another team in a different division is not so excited about the changes and is pushing back. As an executive, it’s a moment in your leadership abilities to resolve the pushback and conflict that is ensuing.
You’re an accounting clerk and have been working at the same company for 12 years. Your department has undergone some changes. You’re not too happy with them. The manager seems to care and understands something needs to change in order to make the department run smoother. The culture and morale feel heavy and some team members have quit. You are fighting the temptation to quit but also don’t know how to have a conversation with management about the issues you see.
Your son wants to go out on a weeknight and it’s a homework heavy week. He makes his case that he will work hard to turn in his assignments on time and that he will be back home before curfew. But you know that it might be tough for him to finish his AP chem homework and go to the movies that night. You also know it’s going to take him longer to get and it will pass his curfew. He’s been struggling as all teens do and you feel like it might be good for his morale if he goes but you’re unsure.
Our personal and professional lives are fraught with small and large conflicts. Some are very easy to work through. Others seem to cause anger, frustration, and like the world around you is falling apart.
The executive might be inwardly angry but doesn’t show it. The clerk has expressed frustration but now feels demoralized that nothing is changing. The parent has work conflicts to deal with and now also has to deal with the teenage son.
Developing and strengthening our ability to self-regulate and focus on the issue with some clarity is a major key when working through conflicts. Some wisdom traditions call it peace-making. I personally struggle with calling it conflict resolution because it seems like such a corporate fad these days. But conflict is very real and if not handled well, it can impact morale and money.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks shares a story from his faith tradition about working through conflicts. He’s a great writer whose work with the British empire gave him a perspective that included working with politicians, corporate executives, and armed services leaders.
What he found in his faith tradition stories when working through conflict was revealing: he saw parallels with 3500 year old stories and Harvard’s Negotiation Project guidelines!
Here is a primer on the guidelines:
My only addition to this negotiation conflict skill is the inner work of self-regulation. For example, doing deep breathing for me when I am angry over a conflict has helped to slow down my emotional process so that I can think through the guidelines prescribed. Slowing down my emotional cycle helps me to de-escalate the situation within me so I can be a peacemaker.
We couldn’t agree more with this view of leadership:
Organizations need people for their energy, effort, and talent. Individuals need organizations for the many rewards they offer. But the needs of the individual and the organization don’t always line up very well. When the fit between people and organizations is poor, one or both suffer. Individuals may feel underpaid, unappreciated, or disrespected. Organizations sputter because individuals give less than their best or work against organizational purposes. Douglas McGregor argued some fifty years ago that the central task of leadership is to ensure alignment between people and organizations so that individuals find satisfying, meaningful work, and organizations get the talent and energy they need to succeed.
Bolman, Lee G.; Deal, Terrence E.. How Great Leaders Think
While there are structural and strategic forms of leadership, organizations need people to execute their tasks with precision. Our team has seen it time and again when an organization isn’t tight and right on their care for employees. Higher turnover. Low morale. Infighting. Lack of motivation.
Harmony is what we long for in our corporate structures. Harmony of purpose, values, meaning, and care of the people.
One way to accomplish this is by doing exercises to reflect on what’s working and what needs improvement. Get your team involved and empower them to be honest. It’s humbling (humiliating sometimes) but very meaningful. Remember that it’s helping us get to the results we’re hoping for!
A healthy leader (healthy: self-aware, humble, competent, caring) is constantly thinking about the organizations mission. Mission first above all else. Mission helps shape decisions, values, practices, and culture.
What’s the goal? Purpose? What are we trying to accomplish? All mission driven questions.
Sticking to your core mission will, without a doubt, cause resistance within you (as the leader) and the organization. Organisms like stability. They learn to stabilize over a period of time for balance and steadiness. Biologists call this homeostasis. So when the leader is focused on a mission and it requires making changes, the system will naturally resist. It’s normal. Expect it. Prepare for it.
Slow Changes from the Margins
Tod Bolsinger (author of Canoeing the Mountains) talks about a process of observing, interpreting, and interventions as a means to come up with new innovations that meet the new needs. They’re initially experiments in the margins that won’t rock the boat too quickly. But it will rock it.
Peter Senge says:
“The key to their survival was the ability to run ‘experiments in the margin,’ to continually explore new business and organizational opportunities that create potential new sources of growth.”
There are so many changes caused by tech, climate change, customer needs. A leader will be more prepared as they’re learning perennial leadership wisdom to face the changing tides.
NOTE: One of my new favorite definitions on leadership….
“enabling a [team, company) to grow so they can face their greatest challenges and thrive
Bolsinger, Tod E. . Canoeing the Mountains
Bolsinger offers us wisdom for when the resistance comes and we’re trying to strategize:
Start with conviction
stay the course.
SquarePatch’s mission is driven by purpose, meaning, and joy in the marketplace through our services of leadership, employee, and organizational care. It’s a holistic approach of engaging and equipping leaders and employees to face challenges and thrive!
Currently working through #CanoeningtheMountains, by #todbolsinger
A healthy system is working through its shared values translated in behaviors. Leaders set a tone in the system!
It’s been so good!!!
“Like healthy people, systems promote their health through “responsible and enlightened behavior.” The people who are most in position to enhance the health of a system are precisely those who have been empowered to be responsible, namely the leaders. . . . They set a tone, invite collaboration, make decisions, map a direction, establish boundaries, encourage self-expression, restrain what threatens the integrity of the whole, and keep the system’s direction aligned with purposes.”