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Presence in Complexity Series #3: What Does the Body Have to Do With It?

30th November, 2016 / 5 Comments / in Blog, Series / by Doug Silsbee

Everything, really! Our body structures our interpretations of the world around us, generates our reactions to things around us, and determines the actions we take. Attention in the body is the key to staying resourceful when the world isn’t cooperating. It is how we can bring bringing awareness and choice into our reactions to the world. These urges drive our relationships,...

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Presence in Complexity Series #2: Identity on the Line

16th November, 2016 / 4 Comments / in Blog, Series / by Doug Silsbee

Our responses in complexity are often determined, in ways that are both debilitating and invisible to us, by our perspective We experience situations as difficult when they call into question our sense of who we are. Among most of the people I know, domestically and overseas, there is a sense of outrage about last week’s election. Among others, there is presumably a sense of...

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Post-Election: 11/9 and the Throughlines of Resilience

10th November, 2016 / 21 Comments / in Blog / by Doug Silsbee

Yesterday was a very difficult day. I went to bed on Tuesday night with the election trend clear, but not knowing the outcome. I awoke at 6 a.m. yesterday to find out that the candidate that I felt scared by had won decisively. I understand that for many, this was great news, and I appreciate that there can be reason and caring behind this view. I was in shock. I woke my wife,...

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Presence in Complexity Series #1: Reading Our Context

4th November, 2016 / 14 Comments / in Blog, Series / by Doug Silsbee

Because we don’t know how to navigate this terrain, we tend to double down on what we’ve always done in an effort to re-establish our inner sense of a competent self. It’s most people’s experience that the world we live in is changing rapidly. We experience it as “VUCA,” a term coined by the acronym-favoring military at the end of the 80’s to describe the...

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Voting as a Simple Act in Complexity

26th October, 2016 / 27 Comments / in Blog / by Doug Silsbee

I voted early the other day. I didn’t feel any significant sense of relief, though it did feel good to vote for Hillary. But the election is still two weeks away. I actually don’t expect to feel a huge sense of relief even if the election turns out the way I think it will, which is that Hillary will win, and win big. Assuming she wins, I would really love to believe that the...

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Complexity in the Mountains

25th August, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Blog / by Doug Silsbee

August offered me an 8 day wilderness trip in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, accompanied by my two brothers. I came here for the first time in 1973, for a geology field school. I’ve been returning for the past 43 years, exploring new territory each time. This time, we poked around a new part of the high plateau, in particular seeking to visit some of the remnants of the...

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Mindfulness Tips for Behavior Change

27th August, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Blog / by Doug Silsbee

Mindfulness has been receiving wide attention lately in countless books, published research papers, and mainstream business literature. The physical and psychological benefits of mindfulness are indisputable, and the implications for coaching, behavioral change, and leadership development are profound. Coaches and clients alike can leverage their change work through these simple...

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Living at the Frothy Edge

1st April, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Blog / by Doug Silsbee

We are all in transition. Something is always ending; something else sprouting. For sure, some transitions are more painful, liberating, intentional, or dramatic than others. But, we can all point to things in our lives that are diminishing and to others that are taking root. Projects, relationships, health, life circumstances, the focus of our intentions and energies…. these...

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Whole-heartedness

11th March, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Blog / by Doug Silsbee

I have been feeling the turning for some time now. It began a couple years ago, when a combination of circumstances made it clear that we could no longer sustain what we had so enthusiastically built, and it was time to create some change. Moving to town, selling our beloved retreat center, Walker retiring, building the team that delivers and manages the Presence-Based Coaching...

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The Turning of the Wheel

28th January, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Blog / by Doug Silsbee

There is ample evidence for the turning of the wheel There is ample evidence for the turning of the wheel. I have two grandchildren. My father is 85, and counting. I’m in my 60’s. Walker and I have faced significant health challenges. We sold our retreat center last year. All these are indicators of bold new territory! In this emerging chapter of our lives, there is plenty...

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Work and Awakening

17th September, 2014 / 0 Comments / in Blog / by Doug Silsbee

I spent last weekend at an alumni retreat with the Institute for Zen Leadership. It was held at the Spring Green Dojo, a lovely Rinzai Zen dojo ("place of the way," or training center) being carved out of the Wisconsin woods under the leadership of Gordon Greene Roshi. The space is inspiring The space is inspiring. Structures are built in part from thick walnut and oak timbers...

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