Ciara Pressler

Ciara Pressler helps people turn goals into an action plan. She is the founder of Pregame and Pressler Collaborative, author of Game Plan and Exit Stage Right, and creator of The Audience webseries.

Cultivating Psychological Safety at Work: Accelerating Trust on Teams

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Last month, 52Limited and Radius ECD hosted a virtual event featuring my new talk, Accelerating Trust on Teams, as part of their Cultivating Psychological Safety at Work series. [Download the Presentation PDF: Ciara Pressler – 52Limited 2020.11] Who’s your business therapist? Trust starts and ends with relationships. It’s vital to have people you can go to when you need to talk through work challenges. But you can’t just grab anyone and start spilling your problems; create and cultivate relationships over time so that there is balance and mutual support. American culture doesn’t set us up for success. The myth of the individual discovering, […]

December 2020: Farewell

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The general sentiment seems to be that 2020 can’t end quickly enough. All of us have been affected by the pandemic. Depending on where you live, your year may have also included lockdowns, wildfires, protests, counterprotests, election mayhem, and/or general agitation permeating the population. Even if we haven’t become sick, we’ve been physically affected and restricted this year. And it’s certainly created new, added pressure on our mental and emotional states. I’ve noticed friends and family putting up Christmas decorations weeks earlier than usual; it’s as if leaning into the holiday season will get us past the struggles of this year that much […]

America: A Trial Separation

Bliss, Acrylic & Enamel on Canvas, 31_ x 39_

We’ve all been in some level of quarantine for the past seven months; that’s not news. As a family of one, my bubble stayed small. My next door neighbors were a godsend, and I set up regular Zooms almost daily to stay in connected with friends, family, and colleagues. Summer introduced more opportunities to connect with people outdoors, and my spirits stayed high. It wasn’t bad, really. I was ready. The first few months of Covid were much like my first year of sobriety; I had the strange feeling I’d been through this before. Only this time I had tools. And everyone […]

Book Brief: The Dip by Seth Godin

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The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) Seth Godin Portfolio, 2007 Support Local: Powells.com Amazon.com Synopsis In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author Seth Godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. Godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt—until they commit to beating the right Dip. Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out fun…then gets really hard, and not much fun at all. You might be in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. […]

Right Idea. Wrong Business.

Yellow I, Acrylic on Canvas, 48_ x 36_

About 5 (ish) years ago I was invited to one of the first masterminds I had ever attended. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, this is usually a gathering of entrepreneurs in which everyone comes to the table with a problem and the group works in concert with each person to find solutions. This problem-solving method is often referred to as a “hot seat” because one person is sitting and listening to feedback from everyone else in the room and sometimes it can feel a bit intense like having a fire lit under your… well, you […]

Featured Artist: Laura Pretto Vargas

Laura Pretto Vargas

Italo-Brazilian artist Laura Pretto Vargas makes abstract and figural paintings that explore feelings of vulnerability, happiness, energy and sexuality. Using mostly acrylic and sometimes oil, Vargas builds the surface of her large-scale canvases with densely textured brush marks and bursts of bold color. Informed by her background in fashion and international travel, Vargas weaves together different forms of creative expression in a variety of styles. As a result, each painting pulses with universal human emotions, providing a shared space for connection and reflection. Vargas lives and works in Milan and Miami. This month at Agora Gallery, Vargas will be part […]

November 2020: Stick or Quit?

Cosmos, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 36

Do you know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em? Perseverance is celebrated as a strength, as it should be. Sticking through hard times isn’t easy, and is often the make-or-break factor in pushing through to success. However, sometimes quitting is for winners. Staying in something too long when it isn’t serving you, others, or the world at large is not strength; it’s distraction. It’s a misuse of attention that could be better spent on moving forward in a better direction. We all have that friend who stayed in their relationship too long when all the signs were […]

October 2020: Bold Moves

Turbulence, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 22_ x 30_ $1650

Pregame players don’t sit on the sidelines. You’re here because you’re all about big ideas. And the actualization of big ideas requires nothing less than bold moves. When my little brother was in his early-20’s heyday, he had a friend nicknamed Bold Dave. I thought this was hilarious and asked where he got the name. The explanation: “Because he’s always making bold moves.” While Dave’s bold moves may have been about [moves removed to protect Dave’s reputation], his moniker stuck with me. I tend to hesitate, trying to make the “perfect” decision, but when I look back on my life, the […]

September 2020: Burn It Down

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To understate a Covid silver lining, 2020 has been, if nothing else, a remarkable opportunity to rethink everything. My friends have been considering big changes – or taking the leap and going for it. Moving across the country. Buying the house. Doing IVF. Getting divorced. Getting back together. Confronting family members about long-hidden issues. Finally leaving New York. Nothing sparks change like a crisis. Limping along with systems that aren’t working just doesn’t cut it anymore when major events expose weaknesses that threaten core values, connection, and opportunity. Let’s hope our personal reinventions are foreshadowing of change in our country. […]

July 2020: Awakening

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And then suddenly, everyone woke up. Well, not everyone. And not fully awake. But no one can deny that the past month has seen a remarkable wave of increased awareness in America about the perpetual problem of racism, and how society cannot be healthy when we insist on viewing ourselves as individuals whose actions and worldview don’t affect anyone rather than part of a system where everything is connected. To me, waking up is the point. It’s the process. As in, THE process. The purpose of life. To be continually evolving, learning, growing, connecting. It’s difficult because there is no finish […]