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?
Wayfinding is not only the name of our organization and the signature system I’ve been contemplating, embodying, and weaving to find my way and support others finding their way in life, leadership, and organizational evolution. It is also a long-standing human skill that has existed across time and still exists in rich cultural traditions.
Wayfinding is our ability to find our way to places we have maybe never been before, or to places that we have been, but on a different day, as a different self, in a different time, and so in that way, too, they can be new.
Meet Jimmy Chin. He’s a world-renowned National Geographic photographer that brings us into incredibly intimate relationship with mountainscapes from all around the world (*you should definitely follow JimmyChin)
Jimmy and I have something in common. We both know that questing is a privilege. These are the journeys we choose to make room for and command all of our resourcefulness to make happen.
This is a gaping blindspot in most approaches to leadership, but it's necessary for sustainable, enlivening growth on our paths as leaders.
It's also why we can unconsciously be intimidated by pursuing a calling.
Our vessel wants to know it can survive the journey.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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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