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Who do you think you are? A Leader?

It can be difficult for female solo-entrepeneurs, such as coaches, consultants or therapists who work for themselves, to  claim their right to be identified as a Leader.   I know. I’ve been there.   But leadership is not simply a status defined by a designated role. If you are choosing to step  out on your own, follow your own ideas, vision and direction, and are seeking to enrol others into that vision then yes, you are a leader If you are seeking to make a bigger contribution, leave a lasting legacy, and use your skills to improve the world, then yes, you are a leader If you have the freedom to take action and make decisions that determine the future success of your business then yes, you are a leader  If you are committed to making a difference to your clients’ lives, and ignite conversations that lead them towards new possibilities and change, then yes, you are a leader  If you take responsibility for your circumstances, your actions, your mistakes, and for the growth of the people around you, and invest in them, then yes, you are a leader And if you have the capacity to act as a role model to your colleagues, your children, your friends and community, then yes, ABSOLUTELY, you are a leader  As a woman, you have probably cast yourself in many roles, and now its time to cast yourself as a Leader. Because, the bottom line is, it is the quality of your LEADERSHIP PRESENCE that provides the secure, safe and inspirational foundation from which your clients (and others in your life) can explore new pathways and possibilities and risk deep...

Lessons in Life from Dancing Guy

Dancing is a wonderful metaphor for leadership. And here’s an example I stumbled across today, though it’s been around a while.  The inspired voiceover by Derek Sivers says it all, but I also saw  a really important lesson for performance (and life) that I wanted to add. Dancing Guy  ignites the sparks in others, from simply being in the moment, doing what he loves, because it feels right. He doesn’t seek anyone’s approval.  He honours them, sure,  when they choose to follow, but he nevertheless remains DETACHED from the outcome and stays COMMITTED to his course of action. Is it possible for you to remain committed to your passion, and your audacious goal, even during the times you are out there on your own and facing judgement? What are your underlying motivations for pursuing your passion? Does it bring you satisfaction and joy, or are you attached to the approval that accompanies it? Are you prepared to take a risk, and get into action?   Its good to know that if you do, wonderful things may follow…....

Embodied Leadership Course

If you are interested in Wendy Palmer’s Embodied Leadership work there is a level 1 course happening in London next week Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July. Led by Matthew Dodwell, an experienced somatics teacher with a black belt in aikido, this will be a fun and useful workshop. Wendy will be hosting a level 2 course in London in August. Here is the information from the website. To book go to http://www.embodiedleadership.co.uk/content/workshops or for more details, please email Matthew, or phone on 07732 859637   Leadership Embodiment Level 1 Experience yourself in a whole new way! Leadership embodiment gives us a level of insight into ourselves and our patterns that is revolutionary. You can’t change your mind with your mind alone. If you could of, you would have. Come and experience yourself at different level, engaging your somatic, or body based, intelligence. The level 1 course is the introductory level course. WeYou will work with a series of exercises that will put us just a little off balance, so that you can have a strong experience of coming back to ‘centre’ and back to a sense of being able to handle yourself. We will use ‘4 part centring’ as the primary method for coming back to full consciousness when our awareness is caught up something else. Using from a partner (it can be very soft and still take us off balance) to activate our patterns and then practice returning to a calm, relaxed state. When you have a strong physical sense of what it feels like to be balanced and centred under pressure in a workshop situation, then your body will remember and be able to duplicate this when you’re back out in the everyday world. You’ll experience how this can help with:   Meditation – learn how to be more relaxed and aware during prayer / meditation time (certainly has helped me stay awake and aware for at least an hour during our quaker meetings, even with unhelpful chairs!) Stressful situations – such as work and home stress, people giving feedback, being annoying etc! Giving presentations – how to stay calm, focussed and present Being a parent – our children (and pets) usually respond to what our body language is communicating, rather than our words and often we’re not aware they’re different! – Find out how to give a unified message that helps those around us to feel more relaxed and secure. Taking things ‘off the mat’ – if you do any other form of bodywork such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, chi gong etc. then...

Paul Linden Returns

After a successful workshop a few months ago, Being In Movement founder and body-mind master  Paul Linden is returning to the UK with a new Embodiment For Trainers and Coaches workshop on 31st August in Brighton.  From September 1st Paul will also be available for 1:1 coachings. For more information visit http://integrationtraining.co.uk/blog/2012/07/paul-linden-uk-workshop-embodied-training-tools.html. I had lots of fun and learning on the last one, so it comes highly recommended.      ...

Conflict Is Not A Dirty Word

Conflict. It’s a word charged with emotion and it can strike discomfort and fear into the bodies and souls of many of us. That’s not surprising, since our experiences of conflict tend to be painful at worst and frustrating at best. Just bringing the word to mind can produce images connected with negative states of opposition, hostility and harm. No wonder we go out of our way to ignore or deflect it, even when we know that’s a pointless exercise, since it will return to bite us hard on the backside. But yesterday I was reading a conflict post over at www.thecorporatehippy.co.uk  and got to thinking. Since I am in the practice of looking for where the Power resides inside my current challenges, I was curious about our trouble with conflict, and whether there is a more positive power that lies at the heart of it. And I’ve come to the conclusion that conflict is everywhere and it informs everything we do.   Where there are ideas to share, there is conflict Where there is opinion to be spoken, there is conflict Where there is diversity to celebrate, there is conflict Where there are stories of adventure, love and triumph, there is conflict In short, where there are people, there will be conflict Conflict is not by nature destructive, competitive or disabling. But our reaction to it usually is.  We feel the way we do about conflict, because we have learnt some things along the way, which may no longer be serving us well. Our conflict triggers are partly learned through our childhood experiences and family interactions, and which are now embedded in our bodies as habits and patterns. These patterns formed before we knew better, before we had the competencies and authority we need to meet external challenges with self-trust and confidence and before we had exposure to teachers and role models to show us differently.  We have learned to experience conflict as a challenge or an attack on our safety, our psyche, our identity. So we forget that conflict has generative power and lies at the heart of new ideas, creativity, and, ultimately, change. Without it there would be no vital force to drive our selves or our businesses through stagnation and stuckness, towards progress and growth. For all these reasons, conflict doesn’t have to, and can’t always, be either deflected or resolved. And if we are to step into being powerful Leaders for our businesses and our selves, we need to learn to be okay with that. We need to...

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