Clear Confident Leader Weekly Observer, Issue #66
From the Greenbelt of Boise Idaho, Spring Snow/Rain
I’m surrounded by the signs of transition as we move from winter to spring. Snow intermixed with rain. Clouds being parted by the sun, trees budding, and the return of birds. Amidst this season of new growth and development I received a gift from a master, Doug Silsbee.
I was introduced to Doug by a colleague shortly after leaving my career at HP, as he suggested I read Doug’s Presence-Based Coaching book and encouraged me to learn from Doug, saying “what he offers works, and keeps on working.”
Doug introduced me to tools and skills to artfully support the growth and development of others through coaching, and invited me on a journey of self-development and transformation of my leadership amidst the complexity and uncertainty of today’s world.
It is challenging to maintain our balance and creatively respond to the pressures rushing around us. We frequently react out of unconscious patterns that enabled us to survive to this point, yet now get in our way. Doug offered ways to observe myself, my habits and impulses, and practices to develop my presence to consciously create with the context of each moment.
Over the past five years Doug synthesized his work into a set of tools and practices for all of us to creatively engage with the complexity and uncertainty we face. Last week he offered this new gift, Presence-Based Leadership: Complexity Practices for Clarity, Resilience, and Results that Matter. It provides a field guide for navigating the territory. And, it invites us to embark on a journey of self-development and transformation to create a better world in the families, teams, organizations and communities in which we live and work.
Simply reacting from conditioned responses is not enough. Returning to a remembered past is not possible. This point in the history of our world requires evolving our conscious practice of leadership to create a better future. Where we go from here depends on us rising to the occasion.
Doug was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer six months ago. He continues to embody presence and his living commitment to show us a way. I am eternally grateful for the gifts he shares.
If you’d like to listen to Doug introduce his work, an interview with Amiel Handelsman is available in two parts Part One and Part Two. If you’d like to learn more about programs and practitioners, visit Presence-Based® Coaching.com
I work with teams and leaders to create better results through the conscious practice of presence. Let’s create a better future today!