Today, I want to discuss a topic that many leaders struggle with: the decision line of retention vs firing in the case of underperformance and how power influences these moments at work.
Here’s a take on one aspect of power dynamics and firing that maybe you haven’t heard before.
I recently had a conversation with a heart-centered CEO who is grappling with the issue of potentially having to let go of some longtime teammates who’ve been with the company through many stages of growth. The organization has the funds to maintain the headcount, but these teammates are...
Common opinions about expanding our power at work often cite things like getting promoted, gaining decision-making power, getting a raise, expanding your network, and becoming recognized as a leader in your field.
But none of these are foundations of power. They are actually expressions of power.
If you've been here with us at Wayfinding, you'll know we have a more specific, nuanced understanding of power than the average bears out there, and if you're new here—welcome!—and peep that link for your power orientation.
So how do we nurture our foundational...
Helping others rise to a new level of consciousness asks certain things of our beings.
This community is comprised of a wide range of such bridges. Each of you helping to infuse more expansive worldviews into the world of work in amazing ways like regenerating the real estate industry; advancing DEIB in organizational leadership, practice, and policy; bringing psychedelic wisdom to the mental health field; redefining best practices at the highest levels of law; and guiding organizations to get work done in more adaptive, human ways.
You bridge a reality of what’s so...
Sometimes a map gives us a whole new perspective.
Throughout this year, we’ve seen the heart-centered leaders in our community experience enduring shifts in their ability to perceive power after seeing and working with this detailed version of the Wayfinding Power Landscape that we developed in January. This impact is hugely significant since the widespread collective understanding of power is so low — what it even is, how it works, how to interact with it in regenerative ways, and how we're each constantly conducting power through our...
Why a Calling Versus a Purpose, Vision, or Mission?
Any mission-oriented organization and any values-led leadership team will emphasize the importance of a purpose and a mission.
These statements are important symbols in an organization. They help organize the ideas, efforts, and imagination of an organization towards a goal that is often inherently service oriented.
At Wayfinding, we emphasize the importance of a calling because to pursue a calling is to be in relationship with it. It asks us to be in tune with our embodied sensing as we navigate the internal and external signals that make...
“We need time to rehabilitate from the trauma of the pandemic” as Dr. David Rock, CEO of the NeuroLeadership Institute, wrote in the Harvard Business Review in February. This is a crucial pattern for all leaders and teams to take note of with many more contributing factors than just the pandemic.
It's notable when I have a moment when I'm having the same conversation across all my clients. This is one of those moments.
Here are some factors contributing to why we’re seeing such a widespread pattern:
Immersion in a constant trauma field in the world &...
The end of the year invites us into our bones.
Whether it's landing our learnings in our bones, being grateful for life's blessings down to our marrow, feeling stripped to the bone by challenges, turning inward to nourish ourselves at the bone level, having the desire to curl up and rest our bones... May we listen and learn from the bones.
Here's a conversation Larissa and Nick had recently to land their learnings and sensing of 2021 in their bones.
Nick: Would you mind inviting me into the house that you speak from when you talk to this community in our newsletters?
Some of the expertise that my clients value the most comes from my personal life and my healing journey from a near-fatal accident that happened 10 years ago on Jan 10, 2011.
This journey is inseparable from my work in the world, informing my work every day.
In honor of my ten-year anniversary, here is a map I made — primarily of the physical layers of my healing journey.
Leaders consistently value the insights I learned through this extended terrain because I learned how to bring a system (my body) back from near-death to bright aliveness, and I know how...
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.
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
"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!
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...
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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