What is it costing you?

How much does employee turnover cost your company? Can you estimate the cost of a lack of engagement? How much does it cost you personally, in terms of your own well being and satisfaction?

In our current environment, with people leaving their companies at rates never seen before, especially women, leaders are in a crisis. 

How does a leader address this unprecedented challenge? 


Imagine this: in the midst of planning your product, the world comes to a stop with a once in a lifetime global pandemic. Everything is cancelled or put on hold. Sales plummet. Managers scramble to find ways to connect with teams remotely, something for which they have not been trained and feel woefully unprepared to execute.

Social unrest erupts during the summer, and racial inequity takes the fore, and suddenly the advertising campaign you had scheduled looks tone deaf. It will need to be scrapped and rebuilt, but revenue is down so much there is no way you can afford it.

It's hard to know if people are working or not. You are trying to manage a team while your toddler comes into your office in the middle of an all-hands call. You are worried about your elderly parents, and you won't be able to visit.

It's no wonder that some leaders and managers let meaningful connection people slide in all of this, but the impact of that slide is devastating.

People know that they want to do meaningful work, in an environment with meaningful relationships and opportunity to excel. Work hasn't been providing that and they're going to be looking to move to a place that does (or stay at a place where that's already offered.)

Now, on top of revenue challenges, supply chain issues and the requirements to redevelop strategic plans, managers have a new priority:

  • How to hire and keep the best employees, and motivate them to do their best work.

  • How to help their employees find meaning at work and at home.

  • How to give people what they need to develop an integrated sense of self so they can do their best work.

What if you could change the tide?

This is where Grit Institute courses, consulting and coaching come into play. We're committed to building leaders for a better world, to make developing your people easier, providing meaningful training that:

  • lets them know how valued they are,

  • helps them move forward toward their own goals so

  • they feel a sense of meaningful contribution and opportunity

  • which helps your bottom line

  • and builds a culture of contribution

  • where you and your people thrive— together.


Purpose Built Leadership

Purpose Built Leadership equips learners and leaders with 5 specific ways to identify your purpose and learn to lead a more purpose-filled life, both professionally and personally, increasing engagement, performance, and retention. Are you ready to find yours?


Going for Grit

Going for Grit helps you as a leader or aspiring leader or people, of change, of excellence, learn how to develop grit and resilience grounded in a sense of your unique values and purpose. You can contribute all you are meant to in this world, and achieve your dreams.

“I want to tell you, one week in, you have transformed me. I had come to view myself through a lens of limitations. I felt defeated and a product of these problems. But, as I followed your lessons…My journey line became one of power and strength versus weakness and defeat.”

This was a fellow veteran, an executive, someone silently struggling who shared his own journey of transformation. I felt my eyes well up. I am so grateful for the opportunity to offer an experience that literally changes lives.


Following the unique format of The Grit Triad, Polson leads students through the three phases of development: Commit, Learn and Launch. 
Students will invest in understanding themselves and their personal foundation for leadership and grit.

Students consider their own teams, as well as developing the skills of active listening, and building habits that increase grit and resilience.

Students look at how to remain grounded in the past, engaged in the present, and working toward the future with audacity, authenticity and adaptability.

All Grit Institute Learning Journeys include:


All of our Learning Journeys follow a model of instructional design that ensures learners gain new insights and develop crucial skills for increased grit and resilience in professional and personal life.


    Learning through story is innate to the human experience. Our Learning Journeys capitalize on that evolutionary hack and teach lessons of Grit through sharing stories told from leaders in the vanguards of their fields, including Author Shannon Huffman Polson.

    Learning Journeys are based on decades of research with models and methodologies proven work in public, private, and non-profit sectors.

    Our Learning Journeys are filled with tactical tools that teach concrete skills, then create space and opportunity for deliberate practice.

    Each Learning Journey is designed to create insights specific to each individual. While the input we provide participants is steady across the board, the meaning each person makes of it is totally unique to their life experiences.

    Learners apply their new insights and skills by reflecting on a challenge they face in their professional or personal life, then creating actionable plans to incorporate their findings.

You can’t afford not to invest in your people. And developing the capabilities of your people will keep them around for the long term, deepen their engagement, and support their THRIVING for meaningful contribution and connection in their lives and work. Set up a call to discuss bringing our courses to your organization.