The Center for Transformational Presence http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog Alan Seale's Personal Blog Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:31:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 When in Doubt, Call Forth Greatness in Yourself and Others http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/doubt-call-forth-greatness-others/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:02 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2113 In recent days, there was yet another school shooting in the United States. Reports keep coming about human atrocities within our own borders as well as in other parts of the world. We are surrounded by political partisanship, obsession with power, and widespread controversy and scandal. Today, we as an American society are long on […]

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In recent days, there was yet another school shooting in the United States. Reports keep coming about human atrocities within our own borders as well as in other parts of the world. We are surrounded by political partisanship, obsession with power, and widespread controversy and scandal. Today, we as an American society are long on accusation, blame, and attack. We are short on responsibility, curiosity, and compassion. Perhaps most importantly, we are short on lifting up the human spirit and the caring for the natural world. We seem to have lost any connection to the idea of brother’s/sister’s keeper. It’s everyone for him or herself.

I fully acknowledge that this is a broad blanket statement. The truth is that there are many open-hearted people committing extraordinary acts of kindness, compassion, and care every single day – people who are committed to supporting the wellbeing of others and of our world. And for those people, I am extremely grateful. Yet we still have a ways to go to reach critical mass.

Hearts open in compassion through personal experience. When something touches us at the core of who we are – at a deep feeling level – we are much more likely to take action for a greater good. When we feel a sense of connection to another person or group, we are much less likely to attack. Instead, we are more likely to be curious and open-minded, seeking out the truth of what is happening.

The bottom line – what we do not love, we will not save. When we do not see the good in something or someone, we are less likely to care what happens to them. This does not create sustainable societies or a sustainable world.

With each heart that opens, with each expression of compassion, and with each feeling of connection, we step closer to a tipping point – a shift in the mass consciousness towards awareness that we are all connected.

Therefore, this week, I offer a meditation that I adapted long ago from the Buddhist practice of Loving Kindness. I invite you to set aside 20 minutes today and join me in this guided meditation. It is a simple yet effective practice that opens hearts and minds – one that you can also offer to others.

I have no delusion that this simple practice is the answer to all of our ills. However, I know from experience that it can be a powerful starting place. Hearts that are open with compassion and love become hearts in action for a greater good.

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Meeting Each Day from Love http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/meeting-each-day-from-love/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:00:08 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2107 In this Valentine’s week, I continue to focus on the two priorities – dare I say “resolutions!” – that I spoke about in a blog video at the beginning of the year: 1) Slow down to the speed of presence, and 2) Be love. Holding those resolutions as my ongoing top priorities has helped me […]

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In this Valentine’s week, I continue to focus on the two priorities – dare I say “resolutions!” – that I spoke about in a blog video at the beginning of the year: 1) Slow down to the speed of presence, and 2) Be love. Holding those resolutions as my ongoing top priorities has helped me remember that we can indeed choose our attitude and approach to whatever is happening.

I’ve been practicing meeting each day from Love. Not so much the hearts and cupids Valentine’s Day love, but rather the full-on Love – the powerhouse Love that is the creative and sustaining force of all and that is the core of our being.

My practice has been further inspired recently by words of the Irish poet John O’Donohue:

May you experience each day as a sacred gift
woven around the heart of wonder.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift. Let’s first talk about that word “sacred.” It’s a word I often avoid because it means different things to different people.

However, years ago I heard Huston Smith speak at Chautauqua. He was perhaps the greatest 20th-century scholar on world religions, and he defined sacred as “anything that evokes the sacred in you.” In other words, anything that touches the profound nature of your being – the part of you that you recognize as being at one with all that is. I like that definition a lot because instead of tying the word to a particular belief system, it becomes about personal experience.

You know that you have touched the sacred within you when suddenly you become quiet, when tears spontaneously come to your eyes, or when there are no words. It’s that moment when something is happening inside of you that you may not be able to describe. It just is. You’re touching something deep within the heart of your being. Or, in John O’Donohue’s words, your heart of wonder.

For me, these words bring a powerful invitation.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift
woven around the heart of wonder.

What could be possible if I met the events, circumstances, and people in my life each day from my heart of wonder?

I’ve been playing with this invitation each morning during those first moments of waking consciousness. As I transition from the dream world back into this three-dimensional reality, I’ve been consciously choosing to invite the new day to weave itself around my heart of wonder. I’ve been choosing Love as my point of entry to the day.

This has helped me live into my New Year resolutions even more fully – to live at the speed of presence and to be love. I’m discovering that the more I stay focused on those priorities, the more easily the day becomes a series of sacred gifts woven around my heart of wonder. I increasingly experience life as a series of synchronicities and connections. And at the end of the day, I am often in awe of all that has unfolded. Making a conscious choice about how I meet the day is making a difference. It is spilling over into awareness of how I choose to meet each new moment – each new encounter.

Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of the artist-philosopher Brian Andreas. His word drawing, “Real Hero,” comes to mind:

Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me,
but try waking up every morning
& loving the world all over again.
That’s what takes a real hero.

  

When I consider the true heroes of my life, I realize that part of what made them heroes to me was their ability to be fully present and to be love, no matter what was happening. While they might never have used these words, they moved at the speed of presence, and they were the personification of love. They had no interest in slaying dragons. Instead, they had huge interest in being love – in living love – and finding the gift in whatever was happening.

At this Valentine season, 

May you experience each day as a sacred gift
woven around your heart of wonder.

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Unleash, Focus, Align – The Power of the Heart in Action http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/unleash-focus-align-power-heart-action/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 06:00:35 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2100 It’s extraordinary what can happen when the heart is fully engaged. Last week, 28 people from eight countries on three continents gathered in a castle in the countryside outside of London for the five-day Transformational Presence for Leaders and Coaches (TPLC) course. It was our first time for this program in the U.K. As always, […]

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It’s extraordinary what can happen when the heart is fully engaged. Last week, 28 people from eight countries on three continents gathered in a castle in the countryside outside of London for the five-day Transformational Presence for Leaders and Coaches (TPLC) course. It was our first time for this program in the U.K. As always, I was excited about meeting a new group and embarking on a new journey, yet I could not have imagined what would unfold during our days together. Simply put, we discovered (or re-discovered) the power of the heart in action.

Some years ago, I described the process of Transformational Presence as “unleash, focus, and align.” Reflecting on the experience of last week has taken my understanding of that process to a much deeper level. Some participants spoke of a heart awakening, others of a great expansion of awareness, and other of an enormous shift in their own presence in the world.

Though we didn’t name it as such last week, I realize now that we were deep in an “unleash, focus, and align” process. Our experience inspired me to return to that description of the Transformational Presence process and explore it further with you this week.

Unleash the Power of the Heart

Unleash. Focus. Align. It all begins with unleashing the power of the heart – the power of our full-on presence when we are willing to bring to the table all of who we are and the gifts that we have to share.

At first, unleashing the heart can feel messy and out of control. Sometimes it makes us feel vulnerable or exposed. We uncover the full spectrum of our own human experience and emotion. All of the parts of us come rushing to the surface – the parts that we love, as well as the parts that we aren’t so eager for others to see.

However, we get to choose what we share with others and what we keep to ourselves. We don’t have to reveal deep, dark secrets or share painful aspects of our past if we don’t want to. Yet we can acknowledge that we all have our own stories of the human experience. In varying degrees, we have all experienced joy, love, pain, sorrow, grief, anger, frustration, hurt, disappointment, and perhaps even devastation.

If we’re willing to unleash the full power of our hearts, we are much more likely to discover the pure, raw, uninhibited nature of Love in its unbridled potency, strength, and resilience. We touch the full spectrum of experience and emotion that has brought us to this moment in our lives.

Focus Intention

As we become more at ease with the full-on heart experience, we gain deeper insight, awareness, and clarity about our own potential. We stop shying away from our own capacities for leadership, creativity, action, and impact, and begin standing taller in the authentic power and strength of who we are.

From there, we can focus that energy in a particular direction. We can clarify our intention for who we are called to be and what we feel called to do. We may become aware of an even deeper calling than we had recognized before. Or we may discover that there is more to what we are being asked to do or to create than we had previously recognized or understood. We discover how to focus the power of the heart, streamline its energy, and aim it towards a particular vision, dream, or calling.

Align Presence and Action

The third phase is to align your life – your choices, decisions, and actions – with what you are discovering within yourself. As you fully inhabit and embody the power of your heart, and let it guide you towards its mission and vision, a greater alignment emerges between who you are and what you do. Presence and action come into full partnership. Increasingly, your clarity about who you are, and your focus on what you are here to do, become so strong that you forget to be afraid. You forget to doubt or to question your abilities. There is no time or energy for fear or doubt. You just go. You just keep taking your next step.

Your Powerful Heart Can Guide You

On the final morning of the TPLC, we bring together all of the learning from the first four days through the Potential-Based Approach. I invite a participant to join me for a demo coaching session. Last Friday, the participant who stepped forward brought a big vision as his topic for our coaching. You could feel his passion and sense of urgency as he began describing what he wanted to do for the people in his company, as well as his apprehension about going for it. Yet he knew that this could make a significant difference.

However, within a few minutes, his vision exploded into something much bigger – a project that could serve the good of all of humanity.

Initially, he was overwhelmed by what was happening. He kept saying, “I don’t like what’s happening inside. It feels too big.” Yet without prompting, he reminded himself of discoveries he had made during our previous days. Within seconds, he realized that his heart was actually both incredibly excited and quite calm. His heart wasn’t anxious at all. Only his “head” had doubts. As he breathed into the power of his heart, his fears of whether or not he could do this were quickly transformed into clarity and focus.  

Staying with that awareness, a little later in the coaching session he discovered that, although this was an enormous project, it was important not to get lost in how long it could take. That just didn’t matter. He realized that his job was to stay focused on the present moment – on what wanted to happen now towards the manifestation of his big vision.

He realized that if he stayed in touch with the wisdom of his heart, kept his focus, and took action in alignment with his bigger vision, he would find each next step. The project would show him the way. In his words, “Now. Just do it now. Take the next step that you can take now. That’s all that matters.”

Unleash. Focus. Align.

We are living in challenging times. Yet we can choose to make them extraordinary times.

As a society, we have barely begun to scratch the surface of what could be possible if we would unleash the power of the heart. We stand on a new frontier of human potential – of heart-based leadership that is supported and implemented by the power of focused intention and aligned action.

What could “unleash, focus, align” mean for you? What is waiting to be discovered in your heart?

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Finding Clarity and Simplicity in a Complex and Confusing World http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/finding-clarity-simplicity-complex-confusing-world/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 06:00:48 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2097 Last week, I spent two days with a group of 20 CEOs and their deputies from seven European countries. I had been invited to introduce Transformational Presence Leadership and to offer them tools and approaches for navigating the ongoing rapid change and disruption in the arena of global business. As we explored together, it became […]

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Last week, I spent two days with a group of 20 CEOs and their deputies from seven European countries. I had been invited to introduce Transformational Presence Leadership and to offer them tools and approaches for navigating the ongoing rapid change and disruption in the arena of global business. As we explored together, it became clear that everything we were talking about actually applies everywhere, from our personal lives and families to the largest companies and organizations – even to government and public policy. Transformational Presence is a way of life – a way of leading, coaching, and serving.

After an opening exercise that took us straight away into the energy of Transformational Presence, the participants introduced themselves by sharing a burning question that was in front of them at that moment in their leadership. One of the leaders observed that from every level of her organization, people were asking for clarity and simplicity. Her burning question was how to offer clarity and simplicity to them when she was longing for the same thing!

Right away, many of the other leaders were nodding their heads in agreement. Their people were seeking the same things. And as I consider the many conversations I have every day with people from all over the world who serve in different leadership and support capacities, these two words capture their longings as well.

While change has always been a natural part of life’s unfolding, it hasn’t always moved as fast as it does now. Yet it’s probably not going to slow down, at least in the foreseeable future. Many of us increasingly find ourselves navigating a sea of swirling currents. The faster things move, the more confusing they become. Lines of separation or distinction increasingly blur. And because we are moving so fast, we often don’t notice how thoughts, feelings, emotions, and circumstances – our own as well as others’ – are piling one on top of another, quickly adding layers of complexity to our lives and work.

As the complexity deepens, people everywhere are longing for clear understanding of what is happening and a simple, straightforward way to approach life and work.

So how do we get there? How do we find clarity within the confusion of all that is happening? How do we find simple and straightforward ways to move forward?

There are steps that we can all take in this direction, yet they may not be the steps you expect.

Our first steps are actually inside ourselves, not in what is happening on the outside. While we may not be able to find clarity and simplicity in our situations and circumstances right away, we can find clarity and simplicity within ourselves. It starts with knowing who we are and why we are here.

The better we know ourselves – the more tuned in we are to our own inner processes and experiences – the clearer we can be on what is important to us and where it will serve us to spend our time and energy. So it’s about doing our own inner work.

Furthermore, the more clarity we have about the difference we are here to make – our soul mission or life purpose – the easier it is to recognize what we are called to do. It’s not just about what we can do – it’s about what we feel called to do. It’s about what brings us alive – what we long to bring to the world, and where we find the greatest sense of personal fulfillment and reward.

In other words, the more we know ourselves, the clearer and simpler life becomes. We practice putting our attention on situations and circumstances where we can make an impact – where we have a good chance of making a difference – and letting go of the rest.

It doesn’t mean that we don’t care about what is happening. And it doesn’t mean that the confusion and complexity within our circumstances or situations necessarily goes away.

What it does mean is that we are no longer looking for clarity and simplicity outside of us because we have found it inside of us. We know who we are, we know why we’re here, and we keep taking steps towards fulfilling that mission and vision. Instead of looking for clarity in our situations and circumstances, we look from a place of clarity inside of ourselves.

We are all players in this big complex game of life. The clearer we become as individuals and the simpler and more straightforward our own thoughts and actions, the better chance we have of navigating these complex and disruptive times in a calm and focused way. And the bonus just might be that our own clarity and simplicity will begin to spill over into our circumstances and situations as well.

 

P.S. If you need some help getting started, this Welcome Video and exercise can be a place to begin. It’s the first video on that webpage. The exercise begins at about 1:25 into the 8-minute video.

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Standing Tall, Being Seen, and Taking Your Work to the World http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/standing-tall-seen-taking-work-world/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:00:19 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2092 There were nearly 30 people in the teleconference – the monthly open gathering of Transformational Presence graduates from around the world. Several weeks now into the New Year, we were exploring the callings in our hearts for 2018 as leaders, coaches, and people who want to make a difference. While it was not the intended […]

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There were nearly 30 people in the teleconference – the monthly open gathering of Transformational Presence graduates from around the world. Several weeks now into the New Year, we were exploring the callings in our hearts for 2018 as leaders, coaches, and people who want to make a difference. While it was not the intended theme of the session, the theme that emerged was “standing tall, being seen, and taking your work to the world.”

The context for our exploration was the idea that whatever we create – a company, a product, a book, a workshop, a family, or a relationship – will, in time, begin to create us. We looked back to 2017, reflecting first on where we had put our focus – what we had given large amounts of time and energy to, and what we had sacrificed other things for. And then we considered how those choices and efforts had shaped who we had become through the course of the year.

There were stories of becoming stronger and more confident by overcoming challenges and immense hardship. There were stories of grieving for things lost or dreams that never materialized. There were stories of great learning and growth, of immense joy and celebration, and of disappointment and sorrow. Through our reflections, we were recognizing connections between what we chose to create, the stories we chose to tell, and what we gave significant energy to, and who we became through the process.

What we create will, in time, create us. Understanding this fundamental truth, the most important question going forward is not “What will we create?” but rather “Who do we wish to become?” And perhaps even more powerful, “Who do we feel called to become?”

As we clarify our next frontiers in the evolution of our own “presence” and what we bring to the world – the qualities and characteristics within us that want to be further developed and refined – we can then design projects and creative pursuits from a higher level of awareness. We can consciously create initiatives that can be vehicles for the next iteration of our “becoming”.

Acknowledging our “becoming” journeys through 2017, we looked ahead into 2018. The questions on the table, in this order, were: Who do you feel called to become in 2018? What is the next evolution in your “presence”? What do you feel called to do, create, or initiate in order to live into your “becoming”?

The energy in our virtual space was palpable. People were sharing big discoveries and rich insights. Some were taking risks to show up in vulnerable yet deeply inspiring ways. It was a space of tangible awakening.

As participants shared insights and discoveries about their own “becoming,” two common threads stood out.

First, no one’s calling was small. Not one person was content to just “sit back and see what happens.” Everyone was feeling called forth in some particular way.

Second, many participants quietly, and sometimes reluctantly, expressed their fear or discomfort with being visible – being seen as who they are, as a message-bearer, as a person here to make a difference. The questions arose: Who am I to do this? Am I good enough? What if I fail?

As we kept talking, there was a tacit acknowledgment that “taking your work to the world” requires courage, strength, commitment, and, sometimes, just plain guts. People who feel called to big transformational work in the world are sometimes introverts by nature. Yet it is their deep reflective capacity that uncovers their compassion and restless desire to make a difference.

The more you go “out there” with your work and let yourself be seen, the fewer places there are to hide. You learn your lessons in front of an audience instead of in the privacy of your own space. You make mistakes, you face challenges, sometimes you experience great success, and occasionally you may even fall into moments of unanticipated joy and celebration.

You learn how to stand tall, to be seen, and to take your work to the world from a place of humble confidence, quiet courage, deep strength, profound awe, and never-ceasing wonder. This is Transformational Presence. It’s not always an easy path, yet it can be rewarding and fulfilling beyond measure.

Standing Tall, Being Seen, and Taking Your Work to the WorldYears ago on a hot summer afternoon in New York City, a friend took me to the African market in Harlem. I will never forget the vibrant energy, the bright colors, the sense of community, and the aliveness I felt there. It was a feast for the senses. While wandering from booth to booth, I came across a simple wooden statue of a proud female African warrior. In that moment, she struck me as strong, confident, and perhaps defiant. For me, she stood her ground, no matter what – never backing down from who she was, what she believed in, and what she was here to do. I couldn’t stop looking at her. She wouldn’t let me walk away from her.

She came home with me and has held a prominent place in my working spaces ever since. She reminds me to stand tall, to be seen, and to keep taking my work to the world, no matter what. She carries a torch for what she believes in, and reminds me that I must do the same.

As our graduate call drew to a close, her energy was so present with me and in our virtual space. I sensed that she was asking us very directly: Who are you called to become in 2018 as stewards for Transformational Presence in the world?

I believe we are called to keep becoming stronger through alignment with something bigger than we are – to become ever more confident in our abilities to sense the path ahead, and to navigate the challenges and opportunities coming our way. We are called to be humbly proud, quietly forthright, gently powerful beacons of light – to stand tall, to be seen, and to respond to the callings of our hearts and of the world soul.

And from this presence, we are called to take our work out to the places where it can make a difference.   

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Knowing When To Take the Lead and When To Step Aside http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/knowing-take-lead-step-aside/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:00:09 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2088 Poet and philosopher David Whyte is one of the teachers and guides whose writing and speaking awakens greater depth in my own work. Recently, this quote landed in my inbox:   The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger and more courageous and more compassionate […]

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Poet and philosopher David Whyte is one of the teachers and guides whose writing and speaking awakens greater depth in my own work. Recently, this quote landed in my inbox:  

The only choice we have as we mature
is how we inhabit our vulnerability,
how we become larger and more courageous
and more compassionate
through our intimacy with disappearance.

These words speak to me in two ways. First, as I ease into my sage years, they beautifully articulate my own current unfolding journey. I have begun mentoring others to lead the Transformational Presence work and carry this way of living, leading, and serving further out into the world. I’ve become aware that there is both an inner and outer process as I gently yet intentionally give space to others to steward this work in the world. It’s about supporting them to grow into their greatest potential through the gifts they are here to share. It’s about much more than just how to realize their visions and make their contribution – it’s about refining their art of Transformational Presence in leadership, coaching, and service. While I’m not yet ready to “disappear,” I am becoming more intimate with that eventual reality.

However, it is the second way that these wise words of David Whyte speak to me that I feel called to write about today. When I first read these few lines, my first thought was how much this same idea applies to conscious leadership. With only a slight change in the first line, his words offer a profound invitation:

An important choice we have as leaders
is how we inhabit our vulnerability,
how we become larger and more courageous
and more compassionate
through our intimacy with disappearance.

In the mainstream conversation, we have perhaps long thought that having a large presence and a good amount of courage were important, if not essential, for influential and effective leadership. However, words like vulnerability, compassion, intimacy, and disappearance have not often been a part of that conversation.

As I keep reading these lines over and over again, the unspoken word that I sense is “transparent” – transparent in what is important to us, and the ethical and integrity considerations that color our choices and decisions. It’s about being true to who we are and what we stand for, and not hiding that. It means letting our hearts have an active voice in the conversation.

As the conscious leadership movement is becoming more widely recognized, the words vulnerability and compassion are, in fact, beginning to come into the conversation. Yet with the words intimacy with our disappearance, David Whyte invites an even deeper awareness and exploration. I admit that this concept both rattles my system and feels deeply welcome.

In my new book, Transformational Presence: How To Make a Difference In a Rapidly Changing World, I write about an emerging fourth level of leadership development. The first three levels describe the conventional development path: 1) Choose a leader to follow; 2) Become a leader of your own life; and 3) Become a leader for others.

However, a fourth level is beginning to show up on the periphery of leadership consciousness. This fourth level invites us to recognize that the emerging potential – or “what wants to happen,” as we often say in Transformational Presence – is actually the real leader. The emerging potential will show us the way forward if we pay attention. Therefore, the response-ability of the person with the “leader” title is to listen, sense, and feel what is emerging – to sense what wants to happen in service of something bigger – and then translate that message to the people he or she serves. Leadership becomes fully about stewardship.

“Stewarding potential” is not the same thing as “making something happen.” Stewarding potential means that the potential is the leader, and that you take your cues from it, not the other way around. The potential tells you what it needs and shows you your next steps. Your job is to listen and respond. This is the new paradigm of conscious leadership – the fourth level of leadership development.

When you are big enough, courageous enough, and vulnerable enough to follow the potential and be its steward, the potential is likely to stretch you – to challenge you to grow, and to call you forth to new levels of engagement and commitment. It will probably ask you to be more visible and put yourself on the line in ways you haven’t done before. It may ask you to make sacrifices, and to be the torchbearer for the project or initiative. In the biggest sense, stewarding a particular potential might even become your life’s work.

Yet there will inevitably come the moment when it is time to step aside or shift your role. The potential lets you know that something else is needed. And that something else may include someone else.

Or the potential may tell you that it’s ready to fly on its own now – that it’s time for you to let go of the steering wheel. Maybe that letting go is for a day or a week or a month; maybe it’s forever.

It’s all part of a natural cycle. There is an arc of energy through everything. Everything in life and leadership has its own natural rhythm and flow. Being aware of the arcs, the cycles, the rhythms and flows, are important capacities for conscious leadership in today’s world.

And so we come back to David Whyte’s invitation. The more we can inhabit our vulnerability, nurture our own authentically large personal presence, be courageous to live what matters to us, be compassionate with the twists and turns of life and work, and become intimate with the idea of our own disappearance, the more conscious our leadership becomes. And the greater difference we are likely to make.

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Transformational Presence Leadership Center Is Now Open http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/transformational-presence-leadership-center-is-now-open/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:00:51 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2081 The “How-To” Place for TransformAction and Conscious Leadership The Transformational Presence Leadership Center is now open—a resource center for anyone committed to making a difference through their leadership, coaching, or service. For the first time, I am making full scripts, instructions, and videos available for the many breakthrough Transformational Presence leadership and coaching tools, frameworks, […]

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The “How-To” Place for TransformAction and Conscious Leadership

The Transformational Presence Leadership Center is now open—a resource center for anyone committed to making a difference through their leadership, coaching, or service. For the first time, I am making full scripts, instructions, and videos available for the many breakthrough Transformational Presence leadership and coaching tools, frameworks, and concepts. Also for the first time, we are putting particular focus in the Leadership Center on how to use these concepts and tools within organizational and business settings, both for teams and one-and-one support.

What is the Transformational Presence Leadership Center?

A couple of years ago, I was invited to create a program called “Leaders Shaping Culture Through Their Presence” for high-level and high-potential global leaders within IKEA. More recently, I was asked to create a video and pdf article curriculum for that program that would allow them to scale it down through the whole company all around the world.

As I worked on that curriculum, I realized that members of our community might appreciate a similar kind of resource – actually a much bigger resource – that would give them access to all of the skills, tools and frameworks from the Transformational Presence work. With that idea, the Transformational Presence Leadership Center was born.

Recognizing that Transformational Presence provides the foundational tools, skills, frameworks, and capacities needed for conscious leadership in today’s rapidly changing world, the Leadership Center is designed as a subscription-based resource center to support you in your conscious leadership.

Based on the content of my new book, Transformational Presence: How To Make a Difference In a Rapidly Changing World, and it’s companion, The Tools, Skills, and Frameworks, the Leadership Center is a resource library of interactive videos and step-by-step scripts of more than 50 Transformational Presence tools and frameworks, concepts and approaches.

The subscription also includes monthly live videoconferences where we dive deeper into specific topics and tools. These videoconferences are recorded so that you have the option of watching them at your convenience.

Our intention with the Leadership Center is to support you as fully as possible to apply Transformational Presence tools and concepts in your work in any field.

Who is the Leadership Center for?

The Transformational Presence Leadership Center is designed for leaders, executives, managers, organizational developers, coaches, mentor, educators, visionaries, public servants, and anyone who wants to help create a world that works.

 

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What roles do Alan and Trace play as hosts?

My role in the Leadership Center is as the creator and primary teacher of the foundational concepts, tools, and frameworks of Transformational Presence – and to keep on creating more! In the Leadership Center, I teach these concepts through a library of short videos and full script texts. Where appropriate, I also share how I have applied Transformational Presence tools and concepts in work within organizations and companies as well as with individuals.

I asked Trace Hobson to join me in hosting the Leadership Center to build on my work and help us explore the full application of the Transformational Presence approach specifically in business and organizational settings.

Together, Trace and I will lead the monthly interactive teleconferences where we can go deeper into the application of specific topics, tools, and frameworks.

From time to time, we will also invite others to contribute – members of the Transformational Presence community who are making a difference in organizations, businesses, and societal systems through Transformational Presence concepts and approaches.

How does the Subscription Work?

Free access is available for anyone to a dozen videos and scripts. Just sign up to receive your login and password credentials for the Leadership Center and go explore.

Becoming a monthly subscriber gives you access to more than 60 videos and scripts. Many of the scripts are available now as well as quite a few videos. Each month, I will continue to add more videos to enhance your understanding of how to best use the scripts and instructions. In many of the videos, I actually lead you through the tool or exercise, almost like a mini-coaching session.

For those who wish to subscribe and take full advantage of all the Leadership Center has to offer, the monthly charter subscription fee is $47. You may begin your subscription at any time and discontinue when you feel that you have gotten what you need. Becoming a “charter subscriber” means that your monthly subscription fee will never be increased as long as you maintain your initial subscription. The charter subscription is available to everyone through August 2018.

Just a further word about your subscription fee – as you might suppose, it helps to support the creation and ongoing evolution of this extensive library and resource center. However, perhaps more importantly, it supports the ongoing evolution and development of Transformational Presence work in the world. Thank you for your contribution to the continuing expansion of this work.

What Does My Monthly Subscription Include?

Your $47 monthly subscription includes:

  • Monthly live and interactive 75-minute videoconference with Alan and Trace exploring the practical application of Transformational Presence concepts and practices in leadership, coaching, organizational development, and personal/professional development. All live videoconferences will be recorded so that you can always watch them later at your convenience.
  • Ongoing video and audio support and resource development for living, leading, coaching, and serving from the Transformational Presence approach.
  • More than 50 leading-edge discovery-based organizational and leadership development concepts, tools, approaches, and practice, including full scripts and supports.

If the Transformational Presence Leadership Center feels like it could be a valuable resource for you, join us! We look forward to meeting you there, being with you in the monthly teleconferences, and supporting you in any additional ways that we can.

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When There Is So Much You Want To Do and Not Enough Time http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/so-much-to-do-not-enough-time/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 06:00:58 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2072 It’s the New Year and I feel like I’m still catching up from the Old Year. Perhaps you can relate! Whether it is things you want to do for fun, or, as in my case, so much that I want to create, how do you fit it all in? What do you do when there […]

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It’s the New Year and I feel like I’m still catching up from the Old Year. Perhaps you can relate! Whether it is things you want to do for fun, or, as in my case, so much that I want to create, how do you fit it all in? What do you do when there is so much you want to do and not enough time?

I’m looking for the “sweet spot”—the balance that allows me to do it all. In this five-minute video, I share what I’m learning about how the conventional “priorities” we’ve been taught are not necessarily the ones that serve us the best.

What about you? As you watch and listen, how might this relate in your life?  

 

 

 

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Greetings for the New Year! http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/greetings-new-year-2/ Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:00:02 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2066   As we cross the threshold into 2018,  may the New Year bring you health, happiness, fulfillment, and love. May you know the Love that you are, and shine your light brightly. May you live into your absolute best in 2018 and discover a potential within you that you didn’t even know was there. Together, […]

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As we cross the threshold into 2018, 
may the New Year bring you health, happiness, fulfillment, and love.

May you know the Love that you are,
and shine your light brightly.

May you live into your absolute best in 2018
and discover a potential within you
that you didn’t even know was there.

Together, we can make a difference.
Together, we can create a world that works.
Blessings on you and on our world.

Alan, Kim, Trace, and Wayne

The Center for Transformational Presence

 

 

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Holiday Greetings in this Season of Light! http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/holiday-greetings-season-light-2/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 06:00:01 +0000 http://transformationalpresence.org/alan-seale-blog/?p=2059   All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well… for there is a Force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go. – Julian of Norwich   In this holiday season, may you find light in your soul, even in the darkest night. […]

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All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well…
for there is a Force of love moving through the universe
that holds us fast and will never let us go.
– Julian of Norwich

 

In this holiday season,
may you find light in your soul,
even in the darkest night.

May you look for the light in every situation,
and may you stand like a lighthouse
and shine your light everywhere you go.

Many blessings,
Alan, Kim, Trace, and Wayne

 The Center for Transformational Presence

 

 

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