Presence-Based Coaching combines a world-class coaching approach with a commitment to leading edge lifelong learning, and a deep understanding of the bodymind as one. This integration is a richly embodied learning experience.
Engaging Perception, Awareness and Understanding
We can only observe what we have learned to observe. Let’s develop new ways to see our worlds. Discern what we are being asked to do. Witness how our own conditioned habits tend to respond. This opens a wide range of new possibilities and responses.
- Including all channels of internal experience
- Witnessing ourselves in action
- Observing the world through new lenses and perspectives
- Making the invisible visible
- Stabilizing attention for focus and precision
- Fluid access to multiple perspectives on any issue
- Focused, present moment awareness
- More complete and accurate understanding of our context
- Greater wisdom and range
Engaging the Body in Whole Person Learning
Prior learning is embodied throughout the entire nervous system, meaning that nearly all our thoughts and actions are pretty automatic. Engaging the body in learning is key. We can build ready access to equanimity and resilience no matter what’s going on around us.
- accessing information available through the body
- sensing the urges of habit in behavior, language, and thought
- embodying new capacities through body-centered practices
- maintaining steadiness and resilience in volatile, fast contexts
- sensitized “early warning systems” for urges and old habits
- new embodied capacities and ways of being
- a strong signature presence
- a stable, resilient inner state regardless of chaos around us
Engaging Culture and Relationships
We lead through relationships. But sometimes old habits and unrecognized identity needs create unintended issues. Leadership presence builds authenticity and congruence. Skillful use of requests and offers helps build shared futures with others.
- extending leadership presence to others
- making and responding to requests explicitly and clearly
- engaging others in mutual learning
- giving and receiving feedback
- trust, authenticity and resonance with others
- skillful and efficient negotiation of tasks and commitments
- a personal ecology consistent with what we care about
- cultures of collaboration, trust, and possibility
Engaging Environment and Systems
Discovering how our context works, and tweaking the systems we use accelerates development. Engaging creatively with complexity is crucial to the volatile times are living in.
- recognizing complex and emergent environments
- designing safe-to-fail experiments
- creating new and enabling conditions
- initiating systems and processes that evoke new behaviors
- a climate of learning and discovery
- new insights and understandings
- forcing functions for organizational and team culture
- alignment of efforts towards what we care about
Self-Development and Getting Coached
Committed leaders can do a lot to develop their own capacities. Leaders can grow fast with a combination of contexts that require new ways of Seeing, Being, and Doing, and rigorous self-development and new practices.
And, we only see what we can see. The human mind is amazingly able to see filter out information that contradicts what we think! Because of this self-sealing quality, our development often lags far behind what a rapidly changing context asks of us.
An outside coach supports development by:
- Providing a sounding board outside office politics
- Offering powerful and precise feedback
- Revealing habits of thought, perception and action
- Evoking leadership presence and awareness
- Identifying high leverage actions and learning practices
Reframing leaders’ challenges in a developmental context.
Great coaches bring both robust methodology and embodied, congruent presence. Far more than a “bag of tricks,” a coach offers authentic partnership to leaders facing daunting challenges, unknowable futures, and new possibilities.