Leading from the inside means listening to our inner sensing and navigating systems change from there. This is why I created this ritual experience to help attendees and listeners from around the world tap into their inner wisdom to know how they feel called to create change on the scales of self, land, family, society, and work.
Here's the recording of the ritual I led for Global Entrepreneurs Week.
#GIW2020 was hosted by the League of Intrapreneurs.
Originally the retreat portion for the innaugural cohort of Alchemical Leadership was planned to be an 8-day community immersion near Joshua Tree with a 48-hour wilderness quest. Little did we know when we began on March 3, 2020 that COVID-19 would change those plans. Instead we designed custom at-home retreats for participants based on their unique situations, and it was a truly amazing experience.
The NY Post featured an article on the redesigned quest experience entitled “I went on a tech-free retreat while quarantined in my NYC apartment.” Read the full article here.
In mid-May, I had the pleasure of speaking with Damon Klotz for Culture Amp's 7-part series exploring how we can all work through the pandemic. Damon and I explored some false codes of leadership, particularly diving into grief at work and how leaders can approach transformation at work. The series is a rich digital magazine of information — I highly recommend subscribing to it.
Here's the link to Working Through It by Culture Amp.
I'm honored to be named one of the OBO 100!
The list recognizes innovators achieving successful outcomes and prosperity by putting people first.
Thank you, Dev Tandon, for creating the OBO movement!
Here's the link to see the full list of amazing people and to learn more about OBO: https://obomovement.org/#obo100
As I get excited to dive into this year's Culture First conference tomorrow, I'm remembering a highlight from last year of designing and hosting a panel exploring safety and intimacy at work featuring Chris Marcell Murchison, Jay Bendett, Max Masure, Celeste Hirschman, and William Winters. With this diverse set of panelists with specialties in gender inclusion, activism, and sex and intimacy coaching, this conversation explores the tensions of intimacy dynamics at work and possible ways to move toward professional, intimate connection in our teams....still so relevant. One of my favorite...
"Navigating unmarked territory to find our way through the mystery is an inherent drive in the human spirit. This ability is the essence of the skill known as wayfinding. It is invaluable, in general, and especially now, as we face very real, high stakes globally."
We speak our values and the way we see life into existence through words, so names have great power. People often ask me why I chose Wayfinding—what it is, what it means to me, and why it's relevant for our times. This is my answer.
I'm so happy to be featured as one of Culture Amp's Top 21 Executive Coaches. I'm proud of the work I do at Wayfinding, and glad to be creating positive impact for my clients and in my field.
Thank you, Culture Amp!
Sensing, power literacy, and doing inner work together are crucial skills for stewarding systems change, yet they are rarely discussed due to the double binds we can experience around power dynamics and job security.
Here's a mini clip from my talk—Sensing Power and Cultivating Organizational Aliveness—at last June's Culture First conference hosted by my friends at Culture Amp
In the full talk I explore:
- Our sensing capacity as a critical tool for revealing tension and guiding self-correcting actions in living systems—our selves, teams, and orgs—and how we can...
Grief is a core pillar of my work along with aliveness, power, connection, and creative possibility. It's a critical pillar, because without engaging grief, we cannot deeply access the other aspects of our capability (the elements we most deeply esteem at work).
Here's an amazing conversation I had the pleasure of sharing with my friend and colleague in the Chinese Medicine world, Gray Estrada, about grief as a critical component of personal and organizational aliveness.
It's a long, rich one—there's so much in here!—so here are some nuggets:
- Unprocessed grief occurs as...
In September of 2018, I had the pleasure of speaking on the mainstage of Responsive Conference about power abuse in our culture and at work, and I invited the audience to consider their own rites of passage to release limiting beliefs and fears in order to become more influential agents of change in their organizations. Watch it and hear more here.
I was interviewed by the wonderful Robin Zander on his podcast, The Robin Zander Show, and my episode was just released!
In preparation for the third annual Responsive Conference that Robin hosts where I’ll be presenting on the main stage, Robin and I discuss rituals, transformations, and cultural tensions that are coming to the surface all over the world. We cover the connection between physical injuries and emotional turbulence, the importance of beginnings and endings, and much, much more. Check it out here.
In June after presenting at Culture First, I had a rich (and very fun) conversation with Brad Owens, host of the Small Business Hiring podcast, about the gift of challenges and how to use sensing to reveal the power in the things we most want to avoid. Listen here :) Thanks Brad!
On the eve of Friday December 8, I threw a ReBirthday dance party ceremony to celebrate the end of my 7-year healing journey.
These years since I stood up suddenly, blacked out, and fell off a waterfall on Jan 10, 2011 have been a journey I could have never imagined. One that I’m forever grateful for because I grew into a greater version of myself—more alive, more true, more loving, more joyful, and more powerful. But, oh lordy, what it took to get here…. Read more...
Brendan Baker, founder of Fabric co-working space, invited me to come speak in a fireside chat about company culture and why we can feel like shit at work. It was a great conversation with attendees from Airbnb, Pinterest, Asana, and many more companies. Here are some of his notes from the evening:
Why This Matters to Larissa
Larissa: “I’m madly in love with human beings as a species. We’re living in perhaps the most complex times we’ve faced. I realized in my career very quickly that if we don’t figure out how to be with each other it...
Yvonne Thackray, founder of the good coach, and I had our first exploration in co-writing an in-depth piece on coaching together based on our collective experience in the field. It's a meaty piece with lots in it that's particularly relevant for coaches.
Coaching as we understand it today is part of an evolutionary process in elevating human potential. As societies continue to realize that each individual has greater potential to live beyond their limitations, coaching has tapped into that growing awareness while filling a gap left by the decline of lifelong structured developmental...
Intuition is one of the most frequent and mysterious topics I explore with my coaching clients. It inspires curiosity, intrigue, skepticism, judgement, and profound personal growth, as we work together to develop their intuition as a powerful asset. In this article, I share how I help leaders develop their intuition as a key capability by exploring:
- What intuition is and how it relates to intellect,
- How to develop intuitive capacities, and
- How to leverage intuition for more effective leadership.
It's been an amazing first year!
I'm so grateful to all the champions, friends, and family who helped me build this offering that is my dream work in the world.
My gratitude to all the Wayfinders who found their way to me—you beautiful leaders who want to lead from a bigger inner posture, from greater internal alignment and service for your own thriving and the flourishing of others. You inspire me every day and make me fall in love with you in every client session, rite of passage, circle, and workshop.
And, of course, huge thanks to my dear partners—Laura Griffiths, David...
Listening is one of the most fundamental skills in a coach’s toolkit, and I’ve found that few things have advanced my coaching practice (and life) as much as continually refining my listening skills. While this may seem obvious or rudimentary, I’ve been blown away by the layers of subtlety that exist in the realm of listening. In my growth, I’ve learned to listen more deeply to myself, my clients, our shared space, the larger field, and how all of these realities interact.
In this article, I explore how deeper listening to our own truth can advance our ability to...
2016 was a tumultuous year across all fronts—politically, ecologically, socially, economically—and 2017 is poised to be similarly ripe with turbulence and great change. In this global and social context,
- What is the role of coaching and the contribution of our field?
- How can we support individuals and teams to grow into their potential and be agents of change, while also taking steps in our work to affect larger, positive social change?
Following the U.S. election of Donald Trump as president, I shared a rich conversation with the good coach’s incisive and...
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