Bravespace Workplace: Making Your Company Fit for Human Life

Bravespace Workplace: Making Your Company Fit for Human Life

by Moe Carrick


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People are what make companies great. Good leaders know this, and spend time, effort, and money taking care of the people who work for them so that their business results are phenomenal. So why is it that so many people are still miserable at work. Experts around the world offer countless ideas and techniques and training for elevating the joy (and performance) of workers. And still we fail.

Things must change. Using potent examples from 35 years of working inside and outside of organizations as they strive to be people centered, bestselling author and consultant/coach Moe Carrick offers a fresh, honest, and direct roadmap for leaders everywhere who seek to make their workplace fit for human life.

Bravespace Workplace shows us the unadulterated truth of what it takes to make companies bring out the absolute best in human beings, despite our messy, imperfect, needy, demanding, and complex habits, needs and issues. The book shows how leaders need to focus on six interdependent levers of their day-to-day work (culture, leadership, team, meaning, design, and partnership with machines) to materially enliven and lift the humanity and the performance of everyone who works for them – which is a win–win for both employee and employer.

Bravespace Workplace offers a clearly imagined future for organizations in which the people who work there grow, connect, and thrive. Carrick holds a potent point of view about the unarguable aspects of actually creating a workplace for people, not machines. The book is for leaders in all organizations, at every level, as well as people development, HR, OD, coaches, and consultants who advise others about organizational culture, leadership, structures, and teams.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938548437
Publisher: Maven House Press
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mom, daughter, gardener, wife, ex-wife, adventurer, entrepreneur, and consultant, Moe Carrick believes that people make organizations great. Companies large and small are routinely brought to their knees by the “soft stuff” of people problems – as anyone knows who has tried, this work is hard. As a facilitator, protagonist, consultant, entrepreneur, author, employer, and relentless optimist, Moe believes that people can and should thrive at work, and that when they do, organizations succeed. With over 30 years of work in organizations on issues of partnership, leadership, inclusion, strategy and culture, Moe believes that rigorous self-awareness, courage, honest dialogue, active involvement, and empathy are fundamentals to building full partnerships based on trust and curiosity. As a white, U.S.-born, heterosexual woman, Moe strives to use her privilege with grace to surface assumptions that interfere with teams and to explore systemic patterns.

Moe holds a master’s degree in organizational development, is a Certified Daring Way™/Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, a coach, and an administrator of a variety of tools in her trade. She is also a senior consultant with White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP), the market leader in including white men in the critical conversations required to sustain truly inclusive cultures.

Moe is passionate about the role work plays in creating meaning for our lives and in the role business can play as a force for good. She is a regular blogger on topics related to people at work and is a contributor to Conscious Company magazine. Maven House Press released her first book, the bestseller Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job, with co-author Cammie Dunaway, in 2017. Her second book, Bravespace Workplace: Making Your Company Fit for Human Life, releases in June 2019.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The Messy Details of “Great” for Most of Us

Chapter 2: AI, Machines, and Robots, Oh My!

Chapter 3: Workplace = Bravespace, A New Definition

Chapter 4: Instructions for Human Beings


Chapter 5: This is Not Rocket Science

Chapter 6: Toxic is Bad

Chapter 7: It’s About What We Pick


Chapter 8: WHO – The Human Essentials

Chapter 9: WHAT – A Conscious Culture

Chapter 10: WHERE/WHEN – Purposeful Design

Chapter 11: WHY – Meaning and Context

Chapter 12: HOW – Machines, the Soft Stuff, and Being Real


Chapter 14: Leaders Go First

Chapter 15: Everyone, Yes, Everyone

Chapter 16: Circle Economics

Chapter 17: Small Steps for Big Changes



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Praise for Bravespace Workplace

"We all know it: people are what make companies great and Carrick breaks right through the bull to get real with what it takes to make every workplace a bravespace. If you want your people to bring their best everyday – read Bravespace Workplace now!"
Marshall Goldsmith, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, MOJO, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“Most businesses today are draining the life out of their most essential assets: their workers. Moe Carrick – with her brilliant new book Bravespace Workplace – will help us change this toxic paradigm. Warm, witty and data-driven, Carrick unflinchingly tackles the false dichotomy that a company must choose between profit and people. She shows us how to transform our workplace into a culture that brings out the best in our people. I am grateful for the opportunity to use Carrick’s refreshing and practical Bravespace model with my team.”
Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising

“In a day and age where businesses range from megacorporate America to your one-person start-ups, Moe Carrick has a way to relate to every human being weathering the highs and lows of their careers with wisdom, experience, and, most importantly, heart. Moe not only presents a broad perspective on how to maneuver your career but also adds tools and techniques to become more successful professionally and personally. Bravespace Workplace is a must-read for anyone looking to grow their business and their own capacity for success.”
Molly Carroll, therapist, speaker, and author of Cracking Open and Trust Within: Letting Intuition Lead

“Today more than ever, effective leadership requires more not just the head but the heart as well. In Bravespace Workplace, Moe Carrick outlines how leaders can strengthen their organizations through caring, connecting, and cultivating healthy cultures. This is a must read for leaders who want their people, and their organizations, to thrive.”
Ron Fritz, CEO, Tech Soft 3D

“Moe Carrick understands the future of the workplace. Her open-hearted, trust-centric approach to business leadership is not only good for employees, but it’s also good for the economy.”
Vanessa Childers, Editorial Director, Conscious Company Media

Bravespace Workplace . . . a must read for today’s leaders: When a workplace is toxic, then the employee’s energy is spent ‘coping,’ with great cost in their happiness, health, and creativity. And there is great loss to the organization: through lost opportunity. In Bravespace Workplace, Moe Carrick shows how to diagnose key toxic issues, and how to engage to create an organization where ‘humans can show up as they are.’ Performance will soar!”
Rod Ray, PhD, PE, founder and former CEO, Bend Research

“For anyone who has ever worked in a toxic environment and who says “Never again!” to that – read and share this book. We would have a happier and more fulfilled society if this was required reading (an enacting) for all CEOs.”
Daniela Papi-Thornton, CEO, Systems-led Leadership

“Early on, we realized that culture is an enduring competitive advantage and our people have been key to Hydro Flask’s success ever since. This book offers inspiration and practical tools for any employer who wants to win both by doing what is best for their people and subsequently winning the war for talent.”
Scott Allan, SVP and Global GM, Hydro Flask

“Carrick’s new book is inviting and provocative. She understands what it takes to create healthy workplaces – Bravespaces – and offers a workable model and practical behaviors we can employ right now to make them a reality.
Judy Ringer, author of Turn Enemies into Allies: The Art of Peace in the Workplace

“In business? Then you’re in the ‘people business.’ And if you’re not creating, growing, and leading a Bravespace Workplace, you’re at risk. This is the instruction manual you’ve been waiting for!”
David Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC, CTPC, CC-IQC, founder of DTK Coaching

Bravespace Workplace offers practical tools and necessary inspiration for leaders about creating an environment where their people can thrive, be joyful, and feel that their opinions and contributions matter.”
Marc Hoffman, Partner, A.T. Kearney

“Moe Carrick does it again – her new book, Bravespace Workplace, is a must-read, especially for people leaders. Moe’s lifelong work of studying work cultures and human performance are illuminated in her book. She has spent several decades studying how human’s need a sense of purpose, to be seen, valued, and nurtured. She has witnessed, time and again, companies who foster cultures where these important dimensions exist in an authentic way, see it in both the bottom-line results of their organizations and in how customers are taken care of. She provides practical methods to chart your journey to enriching the lives of others and self along the way. A worthwhile read!”
Michelle Clemens, Vice President of Human Resources, Seattle University

“Moe captures a poignant message that has never been more important for our humanity and the future of work: How do we bring our best whole-selves to every part of our lives – including work where we spend the majority of waking hours? Her transparent and vulnerable voice is easy to read, easy to love and an inspiring call to action for all stakeholders in the global economy. A must-read for aspiring world-changers like me bucking the status quo!”
Shannon Keith, CEO and Founder of Sudara

“Every business professional will benefit from this essential reading (on work in the 21st century). Moe Carrick will inspire you to rethink everything you thought you knew about the workplace and provides honest, clear-eyed, and healing recommendations for our best work-lives.”
Laura Wendt, PhD, neuroscientist, international speaker, and Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion, at A.T. Kearney

“As leaders we need to value the human spirit, the unique contributions that individually we bring to a company. These unique voices, ideas, energies coming together gives us strength. In Bravespace Workplace Moe Carrick offers tools and inspiration to help guide leaders who want to apply a conscious culture and create a company where everyone can thrive. How impactful to have everyone know they are a valued part of your organization and able to contribute at their highest and best level!”
Kathy Kull, Corporate Director Human Resources, Blommer Chocolate

“Business owners and CEOs are still designing workplaces and company cultures in antiquated ways. It’s no surprise that the youth of today are shying away from corporate jobs, even vilifying them. They simply leave no space for individuality and they don’t ask themselves often enough, what can we do for our people. This book is a daring and refreshing manuscript on how to break this mold and re-invent company culture. We should all be inspired going to work every day and we should feel that the places we work are extensions of our value system. After all, we can accomplish so much more working together.”
Omar Samra, adventurer, entrepreneur, and speaker

“A company’s biggest asset is its human capital. So why do so many squander it with one-size-fits-all policies and neglectful practices? Creating a worker-centered workplace is not only the right thing to do, it’s good business. And this book is your blueprint, a must for every leader and manager.”
Norie Quintos, principal at Norie Quintos Media and editor at large at National Geographic Traveler

“It seems so simple, remembering to lead with heart. Bravespace Workplace gave me thoughtful questions to ask myself on how to lead to ensure our business is people and planet first.”
Casey Hansiko, President, Cervello – An A.T. Kearney Company

“This book provides practical, easy to implement tools to do right by those in your workplace, and in doing so, to ensure that your business does well, and the world does better. Thank you Moe Carrick!”
Mara Rudman, JD, Senior VP Policy/Projects, Business Executives for National Security; former Deputy Assistant to the President, National Security Council

“I am a firm believer that companies can win doing the right thing for the customer, employee, and shareholder. Too often companies favor the latter and the employee suffers the most. Moe offers a great handbook for managers to use to create a work environment for their teams to thrive and change the current paradigm.”
Libby Unger, Managing Director, Lumineau

“‘People are messy.’ After running businesses for nearly 40 years, I was hit in the face like a wet fish by Moe’s statement in Bravespace, and I’m grateful that it did.”
Nicky Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO, Angama Mara

“As a pioneering organization operating in two post-conflict countries with staff from many different ethnic backgrounds, we have faced many challenges working together. In Bravespace Workplace Moe Carrick offers a roadmap for leaders everywhere for what really matters in their roles.”
Praveen Moman, Founder and CEO, Volcanoes Safaris (Uganda/Rwanda)

“This is a book about how to disrupt how we think about work and work environments. Through an engaging, actionable blend of research and experience, Bravespace Workplace provides the vision and tools to create whole-hearted work environments where all are able to thrive. A practical, insightful guide for courageous leaders everywhere!”
Katie Kilty, EdD, Principal, MindPower Resources

“There are now three billion working people on this planet. Forty percent of them report being happy, and thirteen percent are engaged at work. Highly diverse and inclusive workforces that are managed well, capture 46 to 58 percent higher financial performance. Being people-centric, Bravespace Workplace points out the way to make your people more happy and engaged.”
Karen Brown, Founder/Managing Director/Consultant, Bridge Arrow

“As a community leader, I strongly believe in finding common ground, shared values, and genuinely safe spaces where individuals can thrive and are inspired to work together for the greater good. Carrick’s Bravespace Workplace is the perfect guide for creating that positive, healthy, and highly functioning workplace the world needs more of.”
Sally Russell, Mayor, Bend, Oregon

“Moe’s passion is strewn throughout these stories, her experiences, and this guidebook for brave, better workplaces. Simple but not easy, clear but not directive, Moe unpacks the heart and bits of healthy work worlds.”
Christine Olex, Owner, The Point

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