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Disrupt to Connect TM

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From Lone Ranger to Leader of Leaders

Scale to sustain or scale to suffer?  The choice is Yours.

Are you transitioning from Entrepreneur to CEO?

Are you scaling rapidly and need to optimize your performance and engagement?

Do you want to elevate your ability to lead, serve and inspire others into action through connection?

Do you want more time and energy back to do what you love?

Do you lead a younger organization (approx. < 10 yrs.) scaling quickly and building out the next level of leadership?

Do you learn by doing and aspire to lead an unstoppable company?








When you engage Gratus Connecting, you gain a thinking-partner for insight, innovation and impact.  Experience breakthrough ideas, shifts in your perspective, identify strategic solutions to what seems impossible, and create lasting impact for yourself, your organization and your community.

How will you amplify, accelerate and strengthen your organization? 


We provide organizational leadership development, collaborative action-driven and innovative group and facilitation (within the Disrupt to Connect Lab TM), and creative value-building and visioning for humans-first leaders running fast-paced, innovaive companies.

Gratus Connecting is fueled by G.R.I.T. (Gratitude, Resilience, Integrity, Transformation) and is committed to making extraordinary shift happen.  We focus on maximizing leaders through unapologetic authenticity and challenging any stagnant status quo.  We strive for individual and organizational awareness, alignment and action, and believe that disruption leads to better connection, and when we live and lead with G.R.I.T., the result is humans-first innovation.

"The secret to having it all is knowing you already do." 
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A message from Kiana Laurin...

After over a decade in corporate consulting, observing and serving guarded leaders and employees who simply wanted to feel engaged, safe, and challenged, I knew I needed to expand my reach beyond the civil engineering industry. I wanted to know what happens when we focus on the strengths of humans to stimulate personal and group excellence outside of one area, and seek to transform something strong into something resilient - starting with leaders serving and building People-and-Purpose-First organizations. I am intrigued by the unique qualities of individuals and love observing the magic created when people feel heard and seen with empathy and compassion.  My vision is to create a brave, safe container for diverse    C-level leaders to generate power (through courage and a willingness to own opportunities to push forward a  paradigm shift from profit-centric to human-centric organizations, beginning with a microcosm of internal disruption and challenge, ultimately creating a "whole" that is greater than the sum of its parts.

What sets my soul on fire?  Connecting, challenging, and serving innovative, driven leaders who want extraordinary shifts in their lives, organizations, and communities.  I believe we all possess the superpower of choice, and anything is possible.

I follow my excitement relentlessly and want to know what exCITEs (Challenges, Inspires, Teaches, and Empowers) you!

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Why G.R.I.T.?

In it's simplest form, G.R.I.T. is what happens when passion meets perseverance. It is what lights our souls on fire.

It is the drive that keeps us moving; to fail and fall forward, get back up and strive for extraordinary returns,

from the inside out.  

At Gratus Connecting, G.R.I.T. also translates into four core serving principles.

“There are three constants in life – change, choice and principles.” Stephen Covey

Gratitude: Finding and appreciating the gift in every experience, even when it seems impossible.

Resilience: Choosing how we respond and recover from failure with agility; adapt with positivity.

Integrity: Speaking and practicing our values, in a whole, undivided, and integrated state.

Transformation: Experiencing recurring game-changing shifts in perspective resulting in rapid growth.

G.R.I.T., Humans-First focused decisions, and a promise to shift the paradigms that hold us back will align with futuristic C-level leaders serving today and tomorrow's organizations.  Still curious about G.R.I.T.? Listen in on The Growth Space Podcast to hear Kiana's story and the WHY behind G.R.I.T.

When leaders demonstrate a willingness to grow, and embrace courage and vulnerability in the face of fear and uncertainty, these traits are modeled and empower future leaders to follow.  

If you see opportunities in challenges, want to level-up your leadership, shift your perspectives to experience greater success, want to hear the truth, and understand servant leadership, Gratus Connecting will align with you.  Disrupt to connect, meet challenges and opportunities, build and sustain human-centered companies, accelerate personal and professional growth, hone your leadership superpowers, and improve all of your interactions and connections.

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To be gritty is to resist complacency.”

― Angela Duckworth

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