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How Present Are You?

2019-05-14T18:04:34+00:00

Think back over your day. How often were fully present? Take this quick quiz to help you determine how present you are during a typical day. Check the box if the accompanying description is something you experience on a fairly regular basis. □  You have a hard time quieting your mind when you’re going to [...]

How Present Are You?2019-05-14T18:04:34+00:00

Name That Feeling

2018-10-15T17:03:10+00:00

With the constant demands for our attention and always being "on", it’s easy step over what we’re feeling. Stepping over our emotions may appear to be “productive” or helpful in the moment, but the down side of this approach is that emotions don’t go away, they simply settle into our system and build. These built [...]

Name That Feeling2018-10-15T17:03:10+00:00

What Is Sound Work?

2019-05-21T22:07:27+00:00

In early 2017, I was introduced to a healing modality called “sound healing” or “sound work”. Sound work uses specific sound frequencies via the human voice, singing bowls and other sound tools such as tuning forks to help calm the nervous system and transform energy. We (and everything around us) are made up of vibrating [...]

What Is Sound Work?2019-05-21T22:07:27+00:00

Guest Blog: The Leadership Mistakes I Hope I Never Make (again) by William Treseder

2018-10-03T00:40:15+00:00

I’ve made thousands of mistakes in my professional career. And that covers a wide variety of work. Over the years I’ve been: a salesman; a U.S. Marine; an employee of a large company; an employee of a small company; a teacher; a consultant; and an entrepreneur. Despite my best intentions, I keep making mistakes. Many [...]

Guest Blog: The Leadership Mistakes I Hope I Never Make (again) by William Treseder2018-10-03T00:40:15+00:00

Guest Blog: Don’t Forget to Take Time to Be Present by Maria Gonzalez

2018-10-03T00:40:15+00:00

So often we forget to take time to be in the present moment.  And, in so doing, we miss life.  Whether it be a season, a conversation, a meal, if we are not present, we have not really experienced it.  And, that moment will be forever gone. Life ONLY happens in the present moment. When [...]

Guest Blog: Don’t Forget to Take Time to Be Present by Maria Gonzalez2018-10-03T00:40:15+00:00

Guest Blog: Mindfulness in Public Speaking by Robert Rabbin

2018-10-03T00:40:15+00:00

NOTE: The author of this blog, Robert Rabbin recently passed away and our planet has most definitely lost a wonderful light. Please enjoy some these last teachings from Robert. Mindfulness refers to our capacity to see, understand, and relate to what is actually happening, rather than what we think is happening. That is why we [...]

Guest Blog: Mindfulness in Public Speaking by Robert Rabbin2018-10-03T00:40:15+00:00

Growing Up Mindful with Christopher Willard

2018-10-03T00:40:15+00:00

Discussing ways to build resilience and manage stress in ourselves and our kids with Christopher Willard Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. Today we are joined by [...]

Growing Up Mindful with Christopher Willard2018-10-03T00:40:15+00:00

Accessing the Clear Mind

2018-10-03T00:40:16+00:00

In my book, Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage, I write about the challenges I worked through when first learning to access my clear mind. First I had to disentangle myself from thinking my thoughts were who I was and, instead, I learned to shift my awareness to the stable ground of presence. [...]

Accessing the Clear Mind2018-10-03T00:40:16+00:00

Join Me On Sabbatical

2018-10-03T00:40:16+00:00

I'm in the midst of a four-month sabbatical to rejuvenate and relax in a way I have never done before. The root word of sabbatical is sabbath. Although "sabbath" has several meanings, Wayne Muller, author of, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight In Our Everyday Lives, describes it as intentional rest and stillness and how we [...]

Join Me On Sabbatical2018-10-03T00:40:16+00:00

The Art of the Sabbatical with Chris Murchison

2018-10-03T00:40:16+00:00

Taking a sabbatical or stepping away from a normal routine, whether it’s long or in micro bursts, can help you rejuvenate and renew so you can return to work refreshed and with a new, creative perspective. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" [...]

The Art of the Sabbatical with Chris Murchison2018-10-03T00:40:16+00:00

Guest Blog: “Everyday Sabbatical” by Chris Murchison

2018-10-03T00:40:16+00:00

Buenos Aires. Six weeks. Private Spanish lessons. Tango. Empanadas. Iguazu Falls: all the trappings of an exotic travel adventure. Which it was, but my time in Argentina was much more than just a vacation. Which, as we now know, is extremely important for us. This sojourn was intentional, thoughtfully planned and carefully curated. After a stressful [...]

Guest Blog: “Everyday Sabbatical” by Chris Murchison2018-10-03T00:40:16+00:00

Do You Love Your Calendar?

2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

Do you have an intimate and loving relationship with your calendar? I know that sounds like a weird question, but having a close relationship with your calendar is one of the most profound things you can do to find more clarity and sanity in your daily life. I have a weekly rendezvous with my calendar [...]

Do You Love Your Calendar?2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

From Self to Society: Cultivating Leader’s Capacity to Lead More Consciously with Jeremy Hunter

2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

Jeremy Hunter, PhD is here to talk about the importance of how learning to understand the survival system gives us the ability to cultivate the skills to manage it. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer [...]

From Self to Society: Cultivating Leader’s Capacity to Lead More Consciously with Jeremy Hunter2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

Where Is Your Attention?

2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

We all know what it feels like to have our attention pulled in many directions. Recently for me, the book launch and tour, political landscape and family commitments, have all vied for my attention. These last months have been an opportunity for me to live by one of tenets of presence I offer in the [...]

Where Is Your Attention?2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

The Power of Mindfulness at Work with Ted Meissner

2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

Ted Meissner shows us how mindfulness is impacting the corporate world and the science behind the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. [...]

The Power of Mindfulness at Work with Ted Meissner2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

The Why of Stillness

2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

While many people meditate to relieve stress, increase performance, and become more centered and focused, meditation offers a deeper possibility. Meditation can be the doorway for you to explore and inquire about the nature of your reality and the possibilities of your life. Through stillness and silence, you have an opportunity to see that you [...]

The Why of Stillness2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

Speaking Truthfully with Robert Rabbin

2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

Robert Rabbin is here to discuss what it means to live life authentically and speak truthfully. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. On today’s show we [...]

Speaking Truthfully with Robert Rabbin2018-10-03T00:40:17+00:00

Ally or Adversary? Why The Quality of Your Professional Relationships Matters with Morag Barrett

2018-10-03T00:40:18+00:00

Morag Barrett is welcomed to the show to discuss the importance of relationships to both professional and personal success. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. The Whole [...]

Ally or Adversary? Why The Quality of Your Professional Relationships Matters with Morag Barrett2018-10-03T00:40:18+00:00

The Power of Nature with Jill Suttie

2018-10-03T00:40:18+00:00

Being in nature can reduce stress, increase positive emotion, restore attention, and lead to more kindness and creativity. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. On today’s show we welcome Jill [...]

The Power of Nature with Jill Suttie2018-10-03T00:40:18+00:00

Are You Marinating Enough?

2018-10-03T00:40:18+00:00

Now that the New Year is well under way, how are those resolutions working out? No matter if you have stuck to them with fervor or if they are already a distant memory, there is another way you can be in relationship with the things you desire and it’s called “marinating”. Last year I had [...]

Are You Marinating Enough?2018-10-03T00:40:18+00:00

Pushing Past Digital Distractions with William Treseder

2018-10-03T00:40:18+00:00

Sara and William discuss how the world is rapidly changing and what people can do to avoid being left behind. Download Audio File*| Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. Sara and William discuss how [...]

Pushing Past Digital Distractions with William Treseder2018-10-03T00:40:18+00:00

Drop In Highlights of 2016

2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

As many of you know, 2016 was an exciting year with the launch of my 2nd book, Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage. I am so grateful and honored for all of the media attention it has received. Just in case your 2016 was moving as fast as mine and you missed some of the [...]

Drop In Highlights of 20162018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

Holiday Presence

2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

As the holidays (and political transitions) are in full swing, it seems like everyone I know is stressed and overwhelmed. I too have felt the impact of the external world, and it makes me even more passionate about how much we need to to turn inward to listen and act from a place of presence [...]

Holiday Presence2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

Guest Blog “The Intentional Use of Silence” by Chris Murchison

2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

Sometimes it can be hard to find the words to describe how exactly we feel. The words may be deep inside, under layers of emotion and locked up in our bodies. Or the words are swirling around inside and need time to be processed. Or you may fear using the wrong words, saying something that [...]

Guest Blog “The Intentional Use of Silence” by Chris Murchison2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

Am I Living on Autopilot?

2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

When you’re on autopilot, you’re going through the motions of life, checking things off your list, but not being really, truly present to your experience. The tricky thing about being on autopilot is the unconscious nature of it. Think about how autopilot works in a jet: the pilot decides to put the plane on autopilot [...]

Am I Living on Autopilot?2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

Navigating the Election Season with Presence

2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

Every election season evokes emotion, charged rhetoric and drama, but this election season feels particularly painful. The jabs, accusations and downright cruelty are taking a toll on our emotional and mental wellbeing. As the primary election season wrapped up earlier this year, I tuned into my reactions to the outcome. As I felt my own [...]

Navigating the Election Season with Presence2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

The Wake Up Call That Changed My Life – and Career

2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

I often get the question about how I started on my “path” towards presence. My answer is “when I got Bell’s palsy.” Bell’s palsy is a virus that paralyzes one side of your face and when I woke up one morning in 2009 unable to drink, speak or smile, at some level, I knew my [...]

The Wake Up Call That Changed My Life – and Career2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

Leading When the Moment Counts with Lili Powell

2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

Listen in to learn how mindful practices can help you as a public speaker to become more present... Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. When you are a leader, you are [...]

Leading When the Moment Counts with Lili Powell2018-10-03T00:40:19+00:00

Deep Listening

2018-10-03T00:40:20+00:00

Thank you for all of the support and words of encouragement many of you sent after I announced the upcoming publication of my new book, Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage. Last month I previewed some of the new content by offering the Tenets of Presence and this month I'm sharing one of the most valuable expression of [...]

Deep Listening2018-10-03T00:40:20+00:00

Mindful Parenting: Helping Kids Use Their Internal Guidance w/ Sharon Ballantine

2018-10-03T00:40:20+00:00

Each of us possesses our own internal compass that will always direct us to our best answers. Download Audio File*| Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. Join us for a moving discussion on how [...]

Mindful Parenting: Helping Kids Use Their Internal Guidance w/ Sharon Ballantine2018-10-03T00:40:20+00:00

Bringing Your Inner Voice to Life, Work, & Relationships w/ Kris Prochaska

2018-10-03T00:40:20+00:00

Shifting our perception (and practicing what keeps us in this expanded view) can be as simple as transforming our internal alphabet Download Audio File*| Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. Most of us lead [...]

Bringing Your Inner Voice to Life, Work, & Relationships w/ Kris Prochaska2018-10-03T00:40:20+00:00

Cultivating Work-Life Balance & Wellness Through Mindfulness w/ Jennifer Wolkin

2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

By practicing mindfulness techniques, we can learn to tune into what we truly need to nourish ourselves... Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. In this age of mass distraction, honing our [...]

Cultivating Work-Life Balance & Wellness Through Mindfulness w/ Jennifer Wolkin2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

Are You Bad at Meditation?

2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

Recently, my friend and I were talking about meditation and she told me that she was starting to experiment with meditation. She quickly confessed that she was a “bad meditator,” and I thought to myself, Welcome to the club. But instead of saying that out loud, I asked her why she thought she was a [...]

Are You Bad at Meditation?2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

The Role of Leadership Revolutionized with Cy Wakeman

2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

In this podcast you will hear Cy reveal her latest philosophies on the true role of leaders in organizations. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. In Cy’s most recent work, she [...]

The Role of Leadership Revolutionized with Cy Wakeman2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

The Art of Letting Go

2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

Many of my clients are facing incredible transitions in their careers and are facing tough choices about what to keep and what to let go.  It’s a natural human tendency to want to hang on to what is familiar even if it’s painful or no longer working, but in my experience hanging on too long [...]

The Art of Letting Go2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

A New Model of Leadership

2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

Nearly three years ago was the first time I heard of The Leadership Circle. When my friend and colleague Pamela Saari introduced their work to me, I had a gut sense that their leadership assessment products and body of work was something I wanted to know more about. My visceral, gut sense surprised me because [...]

A New Model of Leadership2018-10-03T00:40:21+00:00

A New Model of Leadership w/ Betsy Leatherman President of The Leadership Circle

2018-10-03T00:40:22+00:00

When you start being transparent and really authentic I believe energy and ideas flow through you at a much greater speed and accuracy. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. What does leadership look [...]

A New Model of Leadership w/ Betsy Leatherman President of The Leadership Circle2018-10-03T00:40:22+00:00

How Mindfulness Enhances Executive Leadership w/ David Brendel & Emmie Stamell

2018-10-03T00:40:22+00:00

Effective leaders manage stress proactively and can benefit from a variety of mindfulness strategies to help them maintain calm and steadiness, even under conditions of uncertainty and rapid change. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play [...]

How Mindfulness Enhances Executive Leadership w/ David Brendel & Emmie Stamell2018-10-03T00:40:22+00:00

Parenting with Presence

2018-10-03T00:40:22+00:00

When I conduct classes on leading with presence it never fails that the class participants want to know how the concept of presence can be applied to parenting. When leaders start examining how their reactivity, emotional triggers, and self-awareness impact those they lead at work, they naturally start examining their impact at home as well. [...]

Parenting with Presence2018-10-03T00:40:22+00:00

Why Aren’t I Over This Yet?

2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

During a recent coaching session with one of my clients we were discussing his reluctance to find the time he needed to design a new strategy his team desperately needed. After a long line of questioning my client surfaced old thought patterns that were making this strategy development quite difficult. Bottom line, he was (unconsciously [...]

Why Aren’t I Over This Yet?2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

Do You Feel Like a Fraud?

2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

I work with a diverse group of individuals: men and women of different ages, from different cultures and countries, at different levels in their career, and from different industries. But in all, there is one theme that is commonly present: Deep down, all of them are afraid they aren’t as good or competent as they [...]

Do You Feel Like a Fraud?2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

Your Secret to Success: Presence, Not Adrenaline

2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

What is the last thing you see before you close your eyes at night? Your partner? Your book? Or your email? I recently heard a well-respected female technology leader talk to 200 fellow employees about how she created her successful career.  The advice she shared at first was sound for any leader: be clear of [...]

Your Secret to Success: Presence, Not Adrenaline2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

It’s Not Personal

2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

Last week, one of my clients told me he wasn’t going to interview for a job he wanted because he was sure he wasn’t going to get it. One of the details of the job description changed suddenly and without explanation and he was certain this had been done because the company had someone else [...]

It’s Not Personal2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

Stop Living Your “Plan B” with Warren and Betsy Talbot

2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

Today’s guests, Warren & Betsy Talbot will show you the secret to eliminating that feeling and give you actionable steps to creating room to finally go after what you’ve always wanted. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to [...]

Stop Living Your “Plan B” with Warren and Betsy Talbot2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

How Do You Get Someone Else Present?

2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

The most common question I’m asked after I speak to a group about my book Get Present is, “How do I get someone else (like my boss, colleague, spouse, etc.) to be present?” I love the honesty of this question, because I think we all have a desire for other people in our lives to [...]

How Do You Get Someone Else Present?2018-10-03T00:40:23+00:00

Bankable Leadership with Dr. Tasha Eurich

2018-10-03T00:40:26+00:00

Learn how anyone—whether you’re a formal leader or an informal one—can become a better leader by making small, incremental changes to their leadership approach. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" option, if you prefer not to play MP3 file in browser. Dr. [...]

Bankable Leadership with Dr. Tasha Eurich2018-10-03T00:40:26+00:00

My First Lesson in Presence

2018-10-03T00:40:26+00:00

My parents and our dog Gus. He doesn't have anything to do with this story, but at least he's cute. I’ve been in the midst of a very busy time with work – getting the preparations done for the book launch, ramping up with new clients and nursing sick kids back to health.  [...]

My First Lesson in Presence2018-10-03T00:40:26+00:00

Mastering Leadership: The Universal Model of Leadership with Bob Anderson

2018-10-03T00:40:26+00:00

In this episode we will explore the key elements of conscious leader framework and how it can broaden, deepen and accelerate our efforts to develop effective leaders for the complex future that is already upon us. Download Audio File* | Stream on iTunes | RSS * Right click on download link and choose "Save As" [...]

Mastering Leadership: The Universal Model of Leadership with Bob Anderson2018-10-03T00:40:26+00:00

A New Approach to Goal Setting

2018-10-03T00:40:27+00:00

The New Year is here and like so many others, I’m naturally drawn to imagining what I want for 2016. I notice the part of me that wants to create lists and spreadsheets with lofty marketing and income goals and plan with great detail how I’m going to achieve my vision. It’s like a default [...]

A New Approach to Goal Setting2018-10-03T00:40:27+00:00

Handling Holiday Stress with Presence

2018-10-03T00:40:27+00:00

I recently ran into a friend at the grocery store and started discussing how busy we are.  We’re both are up to our eyeballs preparing for the holidays, traveling, attending parties and meeting work deadlines.  She was frustrated because she had gotten into spat with her husband about the holiday “to do” list and confessed, [...]

Handling Holiday Stress with Presence2018-10-03T00:40:27+00:00