Closing the Presence Gap: Simple tools for rediscovering this innate leadership ability

(The three people described below are each composites of a number of clients who have come through my public speaking  programs and services.) Jane was bright, experienced, and the only female on her work team. Frustrated, she felt that nothing she said at team meetings was taken seriously and her participation was frequently discounted or More…

Absence: The Number One Obstacle to Presence

(Original article copyrighted in 2008) I was at a team meeting recently where a group of us were talking about the leadership training program in an organization employing about 275 people. One person in the group asked the CEO, “What’s the opposite of leadership?” The CEO without any hesitation immediately said, “Absence!” How interesting! I More…

Speaking with both feet on the ground

Several weeks ago I gave a workshop on this topic with the intention of, for the first time, beginning to clarify what I mean by the phrase “embodied presence”.  Here is some of the thinking that went into the workshop. Where we put our attention, that’s where energy goes.  This is probably the core principle More…