Happy New Year from Civility Partners!

by Dec 28, 2021

It’s the season of giving, celebration, and reflection of the year behind us…resolving what we’d like to change for the year to come. In the spirit of the season and a new year around the corner, the Civility Partners team thought we’d share some of our professional and personal highlights from 2021!

We also have a new team member, Sabrina, so we’re happy to introduce her by way of her share out too!

Catherine – CEO

As the CEO of Civility Partners, I am so proud of my team and all they accomplished. We had a set of stellar clients this year, and we continue to grow the team and touch the lives of more and more people by facilitating better workplace cultures.

Personally, despite all of the challenges the last two years have presented, I managed to stay positive (most of the time) and forge ahead. I am a stronger and better leader and mother because of what I’ve learned these past few years.

Rebecca – People & Culture Consultant

This year came with many opportunities to step out of my comfort zone professionally, including taking the lead of our training branch and running point on a few different key client accounts – officially earning me the title of People & Culture Consultant. 

I took on the adventure of starting life in a whole new state this year. It’s been 10 months now and a roller coaster of a journey…one I couldn’t have gotten through without the support of my Civility Partners team and my now fiancè (he popped the question in August so I guess I have two personal wins). 

Kathy – Culture Consultant

My professional win was simple – joining the awesome Civility Partners team!

On a personal note, I had the opportunity to kayak under the Golden Gate bridge, while keeping my eye on a huge sunfish that tracked me. It was a truly breathtaking experience!

Toni – Trainer

One of the key places I feel a point of pride professionally is in the warm responses and bravery exhibited from my workshop participants. This past year has showcased many challenging opportunities along the way where people felt safe to share their true selves, as well as having the courage to share their concerns, questions, and interests in front of their colleagues. The high level of vulnerability shared by others is my personal marker of professional excellence, and I am inspired to continue to deepen this level of connection with participants and clients in the year to come. 

How I’ve grown internally in this past year is something that I feel most connected to in answering this question. By connecting more with who I truly am, it has provided a foundation for me to have even deeper connections with others in my life. I’ve also made more time for self-care, meditation, time in nature, and self-reflection… all of which contribute to me being the best me I can be.

Sabrina – Executive Assistant

2021 was filled with change, as I moved across the country and pursued a new industry. I am thrilled to be part of a team that serves a greater purpose, and I look forward to the opportunity to grow with Civility Partners over the years!

My personal win was taking the jump and moving to San Diego, even in the midst of uncertainty. Originally from the West Coast, it felt like the right time to move closer to family and return to the sunshine…and it was definitely a winning decision!

While we are grateful for the professional and personal successes the past year brought us, we excitedly look ahead to 2022. We aim to constantly be in growth mode and set intentions throughout the year; but in the spirit of tradition, here are a few resolutions from the team:

  • Catherine is going with the ol’ cliche of staying more active. She already has a membership at a place just down the street – so no excuses!
  • Rebecca – in true Civility Partners fashion – aims to embrace our core value of “Learn a Lot” by locating two graduate programs to apply for. She’s exploring the possibility of getting her MBA because being stagnant is not an option! (And of course, she also needs to plan a wedding…)
  • Kathy ultimately wants to focus less on New Year’s Resolutions and more on consistent winning habits!
  • Toni has started to learn the Internal Family Systems coaching method and has a desire to strengthen this modality within her coaching work and personal meditations.
  • Sabrina intends to make 2022 a year of outward focus – placing gratitude at the core of her interactions, and finding ways to improve more lives in more ways!

As 2021 comes to a close, we urge you to reflect on what you’re grateful for! What habits can you form to make 2022 your BEST year yet? Regardless of what you choose, remember to stay kind, respectful, and *always* civil.

Happy New Year!!

About Catherine Mattice Zundel

Catherine Mattice Zundel, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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