Letting Go and Allowing
July 14, 2014
Hosted by Shahmeen Sadiq, PCC
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Poet David Whyte says, "What you can plan is too small for you to live." Many of us have built successful careers, loving families and other monuments that pay beautiful testimony to our passion, desire and willpower. And then there comes a time when all of that planning and striving isn't so satisfying or useful anymore. If you've felt inklings of this, you'll love our show this week. Join Shahmeen and her guest, Sonia Sinisterra, as they explore what it's like to sit in the in-between place where knowing and striving aren't going to work, but "the new" way hasn't shown itself fully just yet, how to let go even though it feels like an utter freefall to do so, and what practices support this surrender to allow life to have its own way.
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Over my years as a leadership consultant and executive coach, I’ve been fascinated by the stories that lie underneath the surface of our human façade. I’m noticing a theme: We think we are alone in our experience and we have learned that it’s not OK to talk about it.
Things happen in life: wonderful, terrible and sad things. It appears safer, especially at work, to put a neutral face on it all and carry on. Better to look like we have it all together than to let them see the joy, shame or dread we might be feeling on the inside.
My hope is for us to become more resilient and effective by connecting at the level of our shared humanity. When someone courageously gives voice to their yearning, fear or uncertainty, the potential for creating extraordinary results at work, at home and elsewhere is exponentially increased.
Learn more about this, how it works and how you can put it into service in your life.
Shahmeen Sadiq, PCC
Shahmeen Sadiq is the CEO of Anjali Leadership Inc., a company that has been serving organizational leaders since 2005. She serves as Executive Education Program Faculty and Executive Coach for the University of Notre Dame and as a Senior Consultant and Executive Coach with The Full Circle Group. As a Master Facilitator with The Leadership Circle(tm), she teaches and mentors leadership development professionals.
Shahmeen is passionate about supporting her clients to create sustainable business performance with ease, grace and elegance. She engages them in deeper conversations about what really matters and the passion that underlies their commitment. She is renowned for her fiercely loving authenticity and her ability to help leaders uncover and, if required, change the stories they are telling about themselves, others and how things work, so they can become more purposeful, inspiring and effective.
A graduate of the coach certification program of the Coaches Training Institute and the ORSC program of CRR Global, Shahmeen was honored in 2009 by the International Coach Federation with a Prism Award for leadership culture change with a not-for-profit organization.
Shahmeen is committed to raising her two children mindfully and intentionally. She has an adventurous spirit and spent a good part of her life enjoying and teaching the sport of skydiving, is passionate about the art of Egyptian dance, and enjoys running in her hometown of Toronto, Canada.
William (Bill) Adams
Bill Adams is passionate about relationships, leadership and business. As CEO of premier leadership consulting firm Full Circle Group and The Leadership Circle, Bill brings 30+ years of experience to his clients – CEOs of major Fortune 500’s, non-profits and private equity start-ups. A trusted advisor and consultant, Bill is a master at working with top teams to manifest their leadership and organizational potential. His clients include: Honda, Wikimedia, Pixar, Carlson Companies, Marriott, Kaiser Permanente, American Express, VF Corp and Yale. Bill co-authored the books, The Whole Systems Approach: Involving Everyone in the Company to Transform and Run Your Business and The Quest for Quality: Prescriptions for Achieving Service Excellence. He contributed to The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future, and to Managing Quality in America’s Most Admired Companies. Bill is most at home in the outdoors with his wife and partner Cindy, their 4 children and 3 grandchildren. View Guest page
Bob Anderson www.theleadershipcircle.com www.fcg-global.com Bob Anderson is a visionary and thought leader; he is the founder of The Leadership Circle and one of the founders of Full Circle Group. Bob is the creator of the Leadership Circle Profile, an integrated leadership development system used by companies worldwide. The LCP is being heralded as a genuine breakthrough in the field of leadership development, and Bob’s leading-edge research has put him at the forefront of the leadership development conversation worldwide. The Full Circle Group offers organizational consulting services rooted in TLC frameworks and approaches to furthering leadership development. Bob’s success derives from his ability to take complex ideas and integrate them into models and methods for leadership development that offer powerful results for his clients. He has consulted to businesses the world over and is sought after as a keynote speaker. Bob was honored with the Partner in Innovation Award and is an Extended Faculty member at The University of Notre Dame. View Guest page
Jim built a successful practice supporting clients in navigating complex change. As a skilled consultant of change management at the individual, team, and organizational levels, Jim has helped hundreds of individuals and organizations to improve their effectiveness by developing a deeper sense of market-tested self-awareness and presence. Self-awareness and accountability make up the foundation of Jim’s practice. He draws from nature as a metaphor to create context and meaning around the services hen provides. Jim has partnered with a variety of businesses and industries on their journey of transformation, including: Exempla Health Care, CHS Inc., University of Notre Dame, Healthcare REIT, Hon Manufacturing Company, Boeing, Taco Bell, Textron and Coors. Jim attended the Ohio State University where he received a degree in Economics and served as captain of the wrestling team. He and his wife have raised five amazing children and make their home in Colorado. View Guest page
Danny Arguetty, M.A., E-RYT, is a yoga teacher trainer, nutrition and health counselor, wellness educator, and lover of the environment. He is the author of Nourishing the Teacher: Inquiries, Contemplations & Insights on the Path of Yoga and The 6 Qualities of Consciousness: Practical Insights from the Tantric Tradition of Yoga. Danny is passionate about supporting people to flourish in our modern-day world through wellbeing education. He guides workshops throughout the United States, leads yoga teacher trainings at Yoga Six, is a faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, was adjunct faculty at Williams College, and conducts a trip and advanced teacher training annually in India. Arguetty continues to dedicate his time to further study with his primary teacher Dr. Douglas Brooks, one of the leading scholars on Tantra in the West. View Guest page
Andrew Bennett is a former Fortune 500 corporate executive who started his career as former U.S. presidential candidate H. Ross Perot’s personal assistant. Eight years later he led a $65 million business in Australia. He has over two decades experience as a leadership and organizational culture consultant and executive coach working with leaders all over the world in companies like Ford Motor Company, Marriott, GE Healthcare, and organizations of all sizes in government, education, health care and non-‐profit. Andrew has been involved in nearly 40 major organizational transformations over the last 20 years. For over 45 years Andrew has been a magician and is a member of London’s Magic Circle, the highest honor in magic. Ross Perot encouraged Andrew to use magic in his business presentations and he has been refining this approach for the last 30 years. Magic is the art of transformation and Andrew uses it to enable people to rethink possibilities and obstacles, opening the door to innovative thinking. Overarching all of this Andrew is thriving despite decades of tragic losses. He uses his experience to teach others to find profound strength and meaning in adversity. View Guest page
Carl Benscoter Senior Vice President Full Circle Group firstname.lastname@example.org Carl brings a unique blend of experience to our show. Of his thirty years in Sales, the past fifteen years have been focused on Leadership and other human resource systems. He brings the vision of a senior leader who had led numerous sales reengineering efforts and has implemented cultural changes to meet the dynamic demands of the market. Carl takes a client-focused approach to Sales, and believes the more we can learn about our clients the better we can help them achieve their objectives and meet their challenges. In addition to studying various sales methodologies, Carl has studied how people make decisions. His line management success includes transforming sales organizations from transactional and product-oriented sales to strategic, consultative sales. Engineering the sales organization to best achieve fiscal goals, even in down markets, has been reflected in the record sales revenues and profit margins his teams have consistently achieved View Guest page
Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC, CNTC, is the co-founder of BEabove Leadership and an international speaker and trainer on the intersection of neuroscience, coaching and human transformation. She is the co-developer of a popular training program for advanced coaches: Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching. Ann is considered a thought leader in the field of neuroscience and coaching, and serves as the neuroscience consultant to The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). A certified professional coach for 12 years, Ann is the author of a groundbreaking white paper on brain research and coaching. She contributes to many coaching and HR publications and is co-authoring a forthcoming book with CTI’s CEO Karen Kimsey-House. Ann is committed to making the complexities of the brain and consciousness accessible to coaches and leaders, and is known for both her depth and humor. She lives in Minneapolis with her teenage son and two very enlightened cats. www.yourcoachingbrain.wordpress.com View Guest page
Barbara Braham, Ph.D., MCC, takes a developmental approach to working with leaders and their teams. She also trains coaches in how to bring a developmental approach to their work with leaders. Since 2005 she has studied adult development theory with Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter and is certified to both score and debrief the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP), the most well-researched tool available to assess one’s stage of development. She serves on the faculty of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Certificate program, where she teaches a class on stages of development and coaching. She also coaches in Notre Dame’s Executive Integral MBA program using The Leadership Circle 360. An accomplished author, she has written eleven books, including Finding Your Purpose which has been translated into seven languages. A current interest is how the gift of years that so many Baby Boomers are experiencing, can be an opportunity for further development. View Guest page
Cheryl brings over twenty five years of business experience, community work and a passion for forwarding women’s place and contribution in the world. She spent her first 10 years working at Microsoft in a variety of marketing and sales roles. In 2001, she founded Epiphany Coaches Inc., now a global executive coaching company focused on leadership development. Today, Epiphany is a team of 15 coaches doing leadership and career development work around the world with corporate leaders.That leadership work includes Women’s Leadership programs that aim to ultimately balance out the senior corporate leadership table with both male and female voices. Partnering with Women Reshaping the World to be the Co-Lead for Toronto, provides an exciting forum to champion women’s potential and their impact for a better world with a larger community View Guest page
Royal Carney has a BA in English and History from the University of Toronto. He has also attained his Master's of Education from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Royal loves to coach and teach. He has been a full-time Physical Education teacher since 2005, and has been coaching sports teams since his early 20's. Royal also studies and teaches martial arts extensively for the mixture of physical and spiritual elements they contain. He has studied Boxing, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and Systema. View Guest page
Executive & Career Acceleration Coach and President of Results Catalyst Inc.
Linda shares more than 25 years of financial services experience, much at the executive level working for some of the largest financial institutions in North America where she progressed into increasingly senior level roles. Over the past 8 years she has become recognized as a leadership and career development expert in the field of professional coaching and mentoring. Holding a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Linda is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and a Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Linda is a regular guest of radio and TV, has provided content and editorial support to Human Resources Development Canada for the development of “Mentoring for Business Organizations”, and is Contributing Author of the informative networking book, The Power of Women United as well as co-author (alongside Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Dennis Waitley and 18 others) of Stepping Stones to Success, a book on strategies for mastering business, life and relationships.
For more information: www.resultscatalyst.ca View Guest page
Heather Clarke is a seasoned Coach on a mission to create ripples in the world. Her extensive business experience and social services background helps senior executives understand how being an expert in 'relationships' can help them excel. Her passion is for creating inspiring and highly successful workplaces through leveraging people’s natural talents and celebrating their differences. Her clients appreciate her gifts of challenging current reality and bringing tough issues to the surface in order to explore new possibilities. Her leadership experience in both the private and non-profit sectors brings a depth of knowledge to her coaching relationships in the areas of Visioning, Change Management, Succession Planning, Executive Development, Team Effectiveness, and Career Advancement. Heather’s goal in partnering with Women Reshaping the World as Toronto Co-Lead, is to be part of an international team focused on creating a leadership shift that will lead to impactful and lasting change. View Guest page
During a recent international training when introducing myself to fellow participants, I said, "Hi, I'm KAT and I'm a storyteller". Realizing I had been building up to this very moment, I breathed a sigh of relief at the same time trying to comprehend the magnitude of what I had just said. When I share my stories my audience and clients alike get it, and they get me. I show up, I let them in, I paint a picture and I take them on a journey. When I am at my most authentic, I am at my most vulnerable. A pioneer in the realm of professional coaching and one of the first coaches worldwide to earn the Certified Systems Coach designation, I believe our purpose in life is to become more of who we were born to be, by loving and living with true empathy and compassion. View Guest page
Dan brings over 25 years experience as an executive coach and consultant. He possesses an unlikely combination of skills, qualities and organizational gifts. He seems himself as organizational anthropologist and chiropractor, mixed together with minister and teacher. He sees quickly and with great clarity what is genuinely possible for leaders and their teams as well as the real blocks they face to transformative results. Dan speaks with veracity and love, often raising the issues that must be faced with the skill of an artist, the patience and incisiveness of a surgeon. An author and poet, Dan is also an ex military paratrooper, an avid motorcyclist and sports car enthusiast. He speaks with the quiet authority of one who has been through the fire of transformation himself and knows the inner and outer landscape others must move through. He is a master guide to those leaders who don’t just want to do great work but who seek the inevitable work—the work they have come into this life to do. Clients include: University of Notre Dame Business School, Ford Motor, Shell Oil, Bon Secours Health System, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boeing, Wachovia, DANA Corporation, Northeast Utilities Nuclear Power Division, Sodexo, VF Corp., Exempla Health Systems, AT&T Bell Labs, NASA and Price, Waterhouse, Cooper, Australia. He is the author of Lost Between Lives—Finding Your Light When the World Goes Dark (2004). Dan and his family live in Milwaukee. View Guest page
Kaleena is an emerging belly dance artist that has found her passion and purpose through dance as a dancer, ambassador and marketing specialist. She has worked as the Director of Marketing & Communications for Evolution Dance Theatre and currently works with Roula Said, Master Instructor and studio director of Om Laila Studio, a boutique space in Toronto that brings classes, workshops, music and events to students, professionals and dance enthusiasts. Kaleena has recently expanded her performance repertoire to include acting and singing. Kaleena keeps a blog kaleena-bellydance.com that documents her learning process, fun and friendships through dance and can also be found on Facebook facebook.com/kaleenalawless View Guest page
ASCENT Leader Phone: 503.986.2961 Laura Lesher has worked as an internal management consultant in the private and public sectors for almost 20 years and holds an interdisciplinary graduate degree in Organizational Communication. In recent years, Laura has led a statewide transformational public sector leadership program known as ASCENT. As an organizational development professional and certified coach, she specializes in executive coaching, facilitation, creative thinking processes and inviting individuals, teams and organizations to see and live into their full potential. As a “Scanner Personality,” she keeps a six-year calendar on the wall full of the latest possibilities. View Guest page
Nada El Masriya
Nada El Masriya is an international level performer and instructor of Egyptian and Middle Eastern Dance, trained by the world-renowned Reda Troupe. She has received awards and accolades from some of the greatest living Belly Dancers. “Nada El Masriya is the Ambassador of Egyptian Dance in Canada.” - Fifi Abdou Egyptian born and raised, Nada El Masriya has been featured in many national and international festivals, including Dance Ontario, Luminato, The International Council for Traditional Music, Salamat Masr in Cairo and the World Belly Dance Convention in Seoul Korea. Nada has appeared on Egyptian television and appears regularly in Canadian television, radio and media. You can see many of Nada's performances on Youtube, just search for Nada El Masriya. Also go to www.discoverbellydance.com View Guest page
Deborah Ann McCrea
Deborah Ann McCrea shine ~ communications & personal growth email@example.com Deborah McCrea A.O.C.A. is an Intuitive Mentor that invites leaders, coaches & healers to deepen into the heart of authenticity. Through compassionate, dynamic listening she reads the field using High Sense Perception [clairsentience, clairaudience, clairvoyance, claircognizance]. Her work assists people to clear blocks to fulfillment, by reframing limiting patterns & perceptions. Over 30 years ago, while working in Design & Advertising, Deborah encountered spiritual teachers who had a profound impact on the direction her life would take. Shortly after her first kundalini awakening, Deborah graduated from the 4-year training at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and is a Bachelor of Science in Healing Science candidate. “I strongly believe in grounded spirituality, and I am profoundly grateful for the incredible teachers who helped me strengthen my connection with guidance. I truly believe that we are all guided, if only we seek to build this relationship.” View Guest page
Going through many years of extreme financial stress and feeling hopeless, Judy Murray discovered life changing opportunities in Direct Sales. “This industry has been an absolute financial lifeline to not only myself, but hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world." Judy’s strengths are in teaching others how to overcome adversity and a lack of confidence to help guide and show individuals how they too, can live a life of financial peace of mind and abundance with all the opportunities that are available to them, with the right mind set. Her passion is helping others instill a sense of belief and hope for a better future. Judy has helped thousands of distributors in the Direct Sales/Network Marketing industry, increase their personal wealth throughout the world. Judy is a respected leader and trainer, and has grown a very successful international business in her industry, which has produced hundreds of millions of dollars in sales within her organization. View Guest page
Koray Parmaks is the marketing and client services executive who led Telax Hosted Call Center to 8 years of record revenue and growth. He recently succeeded founder Mario Perez as CEO. A dynamic leader with 17 years industry experience, Koray founded his first company Boxpilot, an innovative high technology marketing solution, while attending the University of Toronto. Inspired by the high-performance, values-based culture at Telax, Koray's passion to learn and grow value for clients led him to the owner/president management program at the Harvard Business School. Koray emphasizes that Telax is not a conventional firm: "We operate in flat teams with a 'leader-leader' model that inspires every TeamTelax member to take ownership of our client's results and our company goals." Koray holds that his primary responsibility is to serve Telax's mission of empowering its clients to build trusted relationships with their customers by elevating their contact centers into a strategic asset. View Guest page
Donna Poulidis is the founder of Prana Fitness in the Beaches, a vibrant neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada. Her studio fosters a sense of community and self-expression and self empowerment. As a yoga teacher, Donna creates an atmosphere of embracing challenge through postures, while creating a space for healing and inward reflection. Donna also sees clients privately, using gentle and effective techniques to balance and prevent symptoms of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and stress. Her approach is one of empathy, compassion and care for her class and workshop participants. Her vision and purpose is being a co-creator in a community that fosters growth, love, and rediscovering our True Selves. View Guest page
At 5 years old, my favourite song was “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch”. Though it certainly didn’t feel like it, that loneliness and sense that I didn’t fit in was a gift that helped shape who I am and how I interact with the world. I zero into the heart of the issues and the hearts of the people dealing with the issues; I can’t do otherwise. The amazing people I’ve worked with in communities, organizations, and teams around the world, have helped me learn that as we journey through life, each of us at some point feels like a lonely little petunia. It’s working from inside those feelings, beginning with values, beliefs and sense of purpose, that we’re able to transform our visions into actions that make this world a better place. I’m never more thrilled or touched than when I’m able to contribute a question, a comment, a hug or a cheer to that transformation. There is an especially warm place in my heart for my husband, four children and four little grandsons. They remind me daily about what really matters. View Guest page
Shavasti is a 6 time published author and his latest works Embracing the Power of Truth and Teachings from an Awakened Heart represent a culmination of having worked for 20 years with groups and individuals globally. What he brings to his deep and life changing spiritual teachings and healing work is a breadth of globally seasoned life experienced rarely encountered. He is of mixed heritage and his dual national identities and his multi lingual experience of life, coupled with his thirst for understanding humanity, the nature of fate, nature and that which many have called ‘God’, provide you with a guide and servant who can relate to you no matter your social, material, national, ethnic or religious background. Shavasti, also known as the author, John L. Payne, is the author of 6 books published through Findhorn Press and has facilitated workshops on every inhabited continent helping thousands of people during the more than 450 weekend workshops and 6,500 private sessions. www.shavasti.com View Guest page
Sonia Sinisterra, M.A., MCC, is a senior leadership consultant and executive coach who specializes in assignments for multinational corporations. Her career includes organizational development and executive coaching in nearly every Latin American country. She has a B.S. in Industrial Psychology and has studies in Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition to her master certification status by the International Coach Federation, she has certifications from the Coaches Training Institute and Georgetown University, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Change and Conflict Management at the Process Work Institute. Sonia resides in Bogotá, Colombia and is co-founder of Coaching Hall International the first coaching school to train professional coaches in Colombia and neighboring Latin American countries. She is also co-founder of CHI Organizational Solutions a leading consulting firm and The Leadership Circle Latin America. View Guest page
Linda Stephenson is the ultimate Beauty Guru. It began with an Honours degree in Chemistry and Biology, a minor in Botany, and it resulted in a passion for beauty. Following graduation, she worked at a variety of companies in the beauty industry. From there, she became a jet-setting makeup mogul, overseeing product development for cosmetic brands such as MAC and Estée Lauder. With a growing family and newfound priorities, Linda left corporate life to launch her own consultancy. After seven years, she realized that her privileged access to exceptional ingredients from around the world could redefine the industry. So she created an effortless line of multi-purpose products, and Mèreadesso was born. Linda’s single-step solutions were an anomaly. The cleanser exfoliated. The moisturizer toned. Simplicity, ease, and effectiveness. One step, one product, for everyone. www.mereadesso.com View Guest page
I love people! I need to be with them, talk, meet, laugh, joke; I need connections like my body needs food. In 2009, I had been working as an administrative assistant in the corporate world more than 20+ years; I was so disillusioned. When I heard about AssistU, a training academy for virtual assistants, I decided to take its program. What a change in my life this made! Now, I support business- and leadership coaches in their quest for success, and love what I do! I thrive working in close and trusting client relationships. I create that client relationship that turns into a partnership, a bond! I want to make every client feel special. I am with them all the way, and care deeply not only about their business success but about them as persons. I am active in my AssistU VA community, and feel very honored to have been chosen as its most supportive member for two years. Being able to create my life, to choose my clients, and to create awesome relationships with them makes me feel whole. View Guest page
Louise Veres is a leadership development coach, trainer, author, speaker and writer who helps entrepreneurs and businesses open their eyes to their unseen leadership potential. Whether it’s helping her clients develop their authentic role as a leader or helping them establish a clear purpose and working with them through creative approaches to accessing business, ongoing accountability, and goal-focused strategies, Louise succeeds at enhancing individual and team performance, productivity, and bottom-line results. She has often been referred to as a catalyst for change and helping entrepreneurs and business professionals overcome their fears so they can master their business, career and life with clarity, confidence, and power. Louise provides one-on-one coaching and facilitates groups in seminars and workshops on a number of topics including leadership development, personal excellence, strategic visioning, fear busting, goal setting, and mindset. Louise is a member of the International Coaches Federation and graduate of the Coaches Training Institute, holds a degree in Psychology and English as well as Recreation and Leisure Studies. Louise is certified to administer the Leadership Circle 360 Profile and is also a Certified Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming and Hypnosis. She is also one of only four licensed trainers in Canada with Dr. Susan Jeffers, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway View Guest page
Chris has been a coach for leaders and consultant for organizations for over 25 years. Her work focuses on generating enlivening change. Chris has studied adult development for ten years with various experts in the field, and is one of a handful of adult development practitioners who is certified to score the Maturity Assessment Profile. She co-teaches programs in adult development for coaches and leaders, privately and at Georgetown University. As the first to envision coach training that focused on developing leaders, Chris founded the D.C. based Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program, and has shepherded hundreds of coaches through their learning process. She continues to teach team coaching at Georgetown University and a course in Mindful Transitions at George Mason University’s advanced coaching program. Chris co-authored Be Your Own Coach , and On Becoming a Leadership Coach. She is often invited to write articles and to speak on radio programs, including NPR. Chris is a MCC through ICF. View Guest page
David Emerald Womeldorff
David Emerald Womeldorff is co-founder of the Bainbridge Leadership Center (Bainbridge Island, WA). As director of the center's Organizational Leadership and Self Leadership practice areas, David’s passion is in supporting individuals, teams, and organizations in leading and working from an outcome-focused and passion-powered orientation. His principals and frameworks are based on his 30 years of study, observation and application of his lessons of collaboration with a wide range of individuals, groups and organizations. David is author of The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic), a fable on “self leadership.” As a speaker and workshop leader, David uplifts, enlightens and inspires individuals and groups to reach new levels of living consciously and working in collaboration through empowering relationships by applying the TED* principles and practices. David is conversational, entertaining and approachable as he shares his simple, yet profound, philosophies. View Guest page