I wrote the beginning of this post on Saturday night in my sleep. I don’t recommend it. You see, I have a lot going on at the moment. My brain is in overdrive at times.  And my body perceives my pace as a threat, however subtle. What if I am not ready for all that is coming? What if it’s not good enough? What if I forget to do things? What if…? What if…? What if…?

It’s actually perfect that I woke myself up worrying.  It gave me the entry into this blog post on “What is conscious leadership?” that had been eluding me.  

Simply put: The practice of conscious leadership is about tuning in to the present moment over and over again to be responsive versus reactive. 

My own coach, Annmarie Cheresco, says that “presence is being in constant creative response to whatever is occurring”. 

Reality check? Gay Hendricks says that most of us are in presence for about four seconds at a time until something happens (e.g., a thought arises, a text dings, our child frowns) and we drift. Any of you who’ve tried to meditate may smile. One moment you are focused on your in-breath and feeling like you’re a star meditator.  And then about five minutes later you become aware that you’ve just redesigned the entire first floor of your home. 

Unconscious leaders are rarely present to what is actually occurring. Instead, they are hijacked by their own thoughts, feelings and reactive personality habits.  They both create and get taken into the workplace dramas that unfold around them.  

Leaders who practise conscious leadership become better able to slow down to the speed of presence over and over again. Conscious leaders ask themselves whether they are coming from threat or trust (above or below the line, for those of you in the know) and recognize that their current context—or come from place– will dictate all.

Saturday night I was waking myself up because I felt threatened, however subtly. I can accept myself for feeling fear right now because I am about to take several big professional steps in my business. 

Not surprisingly, the same things that wake me up at night have me buzzing with excitement during the day.   My company and I are growing up! 

For starters, welcome to our fully revamped website. It’s been a labour of love. It’s overdue. And now it’s here!

Next week we’ll open a real door to our new downtown Charlottetown space. We’re delighted to create a home where conscious leaders will come together for our Conscious Leader Forums, Experience Conscious Leadership and Private Label Leadership

Our new space is full of character and charm. It’s soon to be filled with courageous leaders willing to jump into playful and profound experiences that will help them wake up to strive less and achieve more for themselves, their organizations and our world.

I am so grateful for the support I feel all around me. As I write this post, the sun is shining, Weekend Morning is playing on CBC Radio and I am sitting on a comfy couch with hot coffee. In this now moment, there is nothing to fear and everything to delight in.

Taking life and leadership a moment at a time is available to all of us. I hope you’ll stick with us on this conscious leader journey. Some moments are really delicious.


  1. Jennifer Gyuricska on September 26, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I’m much better at being responsive rather than reactive when I’m well rested. Great article, Lisa!

    • Lisa on September 27, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      So true for me too, Jennifer. It only takes one poor night of sleep to have me noticing how short I can be!:(

  2. Louise Campbell on September 26, 2019 at 9:59 am

    As usual, Lisa, your post is full of helpful and inspiring information – told in a. very relatable fashion. As a bonus, this post contains some VERY exciting news about how you are moving your company forward, offering clients a wider range of coaching services. Best of luck to you and Chandler Coaches in this new phase!

    • Lisa on September 27, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      Dear Louise- Thanks for your support emotionally AND for your editing job just before the site went live. And thanks for being so happy for me.

  3. Jen Campbell on September 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Congrats on the new space and website! So thrilled for you and the team at the impact you are making on the east coast and across the country!

    • Lisa on September 27, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Jennifer- Between you and me, we’ve got the coasts covered:) Will share your big offerings early next week.

  4. Kate Marshall on September 26, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    So excited for you, Lisa! And feeling so incredibly lucky to have found you. Cannot wait to be part of it all!

    • Lisa on September 27, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Dear Kate- It brings me joy (and comfort too truthfully) that you will be near and I will see you often.

  5. Alison Cunningham on September 26, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Your vulnerability as a leader is one of your greatest strengths as a coach. Congratulations, Lisa and all the best with the growth and expansion of Chandler Coaches. So proud of you and happy for you as well.

    • Lisa on September 27, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      Dear Alison- Thank you! And we, my dear woman, are overdue for that catch up to talk about your courage. End of October?

  6. Monica Callon on September 26, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Lisa, I’m thrilled to see you giving birth to your vision for taking Chandler Coaches and conscious leadership in Atlantic Canada to the next level! I wish you much laughter and learning on this journey. Here’s to noticing and welcoming it all as fuel for growth across our leadership and life!

    • Lisa on September 27, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Dear M- I am all for laughter and learning. Thanks for bringing both to me in abundance ongoingly.

  7. Stefany mackeen on September 27, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Congrats Lisa!

    • Lisa on September 27, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks, Stef!

  8. Steve on September 27, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Fabulous moves forward Lisa. Congratulations ! The blog content reminds me of mindfulness studies. Could the mindful leader and the conscious leader be related ? Love the new website.

    • Lisa on September 27, 2019 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you, Steve. The mindful leader and the conscious leader are surely close cousins, me thinks.

  9. Sharon Ross on September 30, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Lisa – I love your new branding and the excitement is translating in this post. You’re bringing a fundamental facet of leadership to our region. We are all fortunate that we’ll benefit from your courage and your recognition of this “niche”. Here’s to you bringing this to mainstream leadership discussions every single day! Please tell me if I can help you in any way. I am sharing your new website with my network. (and since you mentioned CBC, why don’t you do an Island morning segment soon!)

    • Lisa on October 30, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Dear Sharon
      My overdue reply to. your wonderful message is “Thank you”. I feel more inspired than ever to bring conscious leadership into our companies and organizations. You’ve helped over the years and now I am going to think on how I can take you up on your offer to help. One idea is to ensure curious leaders know about our Experience Conscious Leadership (Half day session on Nov 20th) and our much more involved Conscious Leader Forums (next one will start in Feb/Mar 2020). Let’s have another yummy lunch when you are next in Ch’town with time for lunch.

  10. Julie Connolly on October 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    How wonderfully exciting to see the next phase of your goal, to provide stellar coaching locally, materialized !
    I believe in what you do & who you are Lisa & I couldn’t be happier for you.


    • Lisa on October 30, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Dear Julie
      Thanks for your support: for believing in me and the work; and for being happy for me. I am happy too:)

  11. Lisa on October 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

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