What makes a leader?

The zeitgeist of now illuminates an empathy divide so expansive, change makers grapple with the immense work to be done while sustaining themselves in the process. This Empathy Leadership practice is an invitation to expand our mind as to what is possible, using the...

Resources & Suggested Readings

  Beyond Compassion Manifesto (Download & Printable) The Body Keeps the Score (Book) The Center for Nonviolent Communication (Website, Training, Forum) Chopra Center: 7 Steps for Dealing with Difficult People (Article) The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and...

On being witnessed.

I know first hand the experience of being compassionately witnessed by another and how this act of being witnessed facilitated part of my healing journey. About six years ago, I unexpectedly received a phone call from my sister that my 36 year old brother had been...

Useful phrases & questions.

Active listening or asking open ended questions does not require us to solve the problem or situation at hand. Rather, active listening can be a huge, if not most important, part of showing up for another. Open ended questions can clarify the scope and magnitude of a...

Birth of the circles.

I initially created what is now the Empathy Leadership framework twenty plus years ago while working at Crisis Intervention of Houston - the crisis hotline for the fourth largest city in the U.S. Crisis Hotline was the go to resource for not only connecting people...

Cultivate skills.

Knowing that our leadership and the way we show up in the world can evolve, identifying skills to cultivate is part of a sustainability plan. Be sure, not feeling skilled enough is NOT a reason to avoid showing up. A leader shows up with what they have and wisely...

Reflections on the journey.

Permission granted.  I wave my magic wand over you: permission is granted. Do not wait to be invited to the journey. No formal invitation will be issued.  No promotion.  No announcement.  You may avoid the journey because of self doubt or fear. More often we are...

What to bring. What to leave.

A suggested packing list as you head off on empathy adventures. Pack light. Only the essentials are needed for your journey to the zone of maximum opportunity - the Compassionate Witness sweet spot. What to bring: Your essence - the core part of who you are when...

Sustaining ourselves as Compassionate Witnesses.

Showing up as a Compassionate Witness takes guts, skill, knowledge about what you can offer, clear communication and awareness throughout the process of your boundaries.   We can build and grow these skills to traverse empathy adventures for life. Cultivating these...

Invest in resilience.

To sustain yourself as a Compassionate Witness, commit at the outset to a practice of radical self care that is viewed not as a luxury - instead as necessary, vital part of the preparation we do to to show up and compassionately witness another’s journey. Every...

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