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Presence-Based® Coaching

Pragmatic leadership development for tomorrow’s challenges.

LEADING EDGE COACH TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION.

High touch. High value. Deeply human. Organized towards what matters most.

Integrative Tools for Leaders and Coaches

THE WORLD IS ASKING FOR OUR BEST. WE COLLECTIVELY FACE EXTRAORDINARY CHALLENGES.

Leaders, and their coaches, need integrative tools and approaches to help us become what the world is asking us to be.

Presence-Based Coaching draws from the fields of mindfulness, somatics, developmental psychology, complexity theory, leadership, and interpersonal neurobiology to offer an emergent synthesis of the most potent approaches to developing leaders on the planet.

  • three influential books on leadership & coaching
  • ICF-accredited coach training and certification program
  • recognized thought leadership
  • evidence-based embodied development and leadership practices
  • experiential learning at leading companies, universities, and international conferences
  • individual coaching support in developmental challenges
  • leading edge, Creative Commons-licensed tools and resources
  • virtual courses and webinars

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Presence-Based® Coaching Course of Study

Doug Silsbee

We mourn the recent loss of Doug Silsbee, Founder of Presence-Based® Coaching, from cancer. Doug is the author of 3 books, including his most recent Presence Based Leadership. Doug was a master teacher, thought leader in the fields of mindfulness and presence, and created the Presence-Based Coaching curriculum.

Doug was a father, grandfather and outdoor adventurer and explorer of human development and consciousness. Doug’s legacy continues and we invite you to join the community of practice that is holding this work as it continues to evolve.

Doug Silsbee: 1954-2018

Training and Certification in Presence-Based Coaching

Discover our innovative and ICF-accredited certification program. Groundbreaking tools for developmental coaching.

The Presence-Based® Coaching Course provides coaching professionals a pragmatic toolkit for accelerating not only their own development, but also that of their clients. Learn to extend your own presence, and practice specific coaching moves that support long term efficacy in your clients.

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An introduction to the fundamentals of Presence Based Coaching.

Hop on one of our upcoming calls, or listen to one of our prerecorded introductory sessions to get a sense if The Presence-Based® Coaching Course is right for you. You’ll be able to ask the faculty questions, and be a part of a live coaching demo.

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Arthur M. Blank

Success in business is predicated on eliciting the best from people. The Mindful Coach clearly articulates the essentials of how to do this. As someone who believes deeply in the potential of all people, I found Silsbee’s approach both practical and profound.

Arthur M. Blank, Philanthropist Co-founder, The Home Depot; Owner & CEO, Atlanta Falcons

Pam McLean

Your work was profound, important, and interspersed with plenty of psychological stirring of the right sort — beautifully done. I appreciate the great combination of your smarts, humility and strength — a perfect combination!

Pam McLean CEO, Hudson Institute of Coaching

Richard Barrett

Presence-Based Coaching is a masterful treatise on coaching in the consciousness age. This book brings structure and strategy to accelerating the evolution of leaders.

Richard Barrett Author, Liberating the Corporate Soul

Steve Heller, PCC

The Presence-Based Coaching program is a powerful and generative learning experience. The integration of Doug Silsbee’s unique and expansive concepts and models, his powerful personal presence, and his ability to convey sophisticated ideas in a manner that makes them readily understood and easily integrated combine to make the program profound and impactful.

Steve Heller, PCC, Program Director Leadership Coaching Certificate Program Institute for Transformational Leadership; Georgetown University

Dr. Ross Ungerleider, M.D.

Bebe’s unflagging commitment to teaching Presence-Based Coaching, and to mentoring and developing coaches, is both precise and loving. Her laser feedback is deeply insightful while her inviting presence is encouraging and supportive. Bebe’s gifts are integral to this exceptional learning experience, which goes far beyond how to coach.

Dr. Ross Ungerleider, M.D. Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon and Author

Foundations

Presence-Based Coaching draws from multiple streams.

Explore the stones below to sample a few lineages integrated into this leading edge approach.

  • Resilience
  • Somatics
  • Mindfulness
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Complexity
  • Presence

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Resilience

Presence leads to resilience: the capacity to be creative and resourceful and to take optimal action, no matter what’s going on around us.

“Reality does not take breaks.”

– AH Almaas

Somatics

Whole person learning and practices produce embodiment, a compelling leadership presence, and physiologically supported change.

“We are what we have practiced. What we practice now is what we will become.”

– Gautama Buddha

Mindfulness

Rigorous attention on present-moment experience enables choice and awareness. Inhibiting automatic behaviors opens new possibilities.

“My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.”

– William James

Developmental Psychology

As humans grow, the arc trends towards more flexible and complex thinking, holding multiple perspectives, and an ever larger circle of care and concern. Seeing this arc accelerates its unfolding.

“The fewer perspectives you have, the more certain you can be that you’re right.”

– Randy Chittum

Interpersonal Neurobiology

Human connectedness takes place below the level of language, one nervous system to another. Knowledgeable self-regulation leads to authentic and trusting relationships.

“You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.”

– Vironika Tugaleva

Complexity

A world that is increasingly complex requires new and sometimes counterintuitive leadership. Relying on what has worked in the past often makes matters worse.

“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”

– Eric Hoffer

Presence

We describe presence as a meta-competency-- a capability that underpins everything else that we do. It becomes deeply woven into the fabric of who we are and how we organize and respond to our world. A meta-competency includes and enables other competencies. It is a way of being as much as a way of doing.

“Presence is an internal state: the awareness of immediacy, stillness, inclusive awareness and possibility.”

– Doug Silsbee