Bringing the practices of mindfulness and dialogue to leadership conversations

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Resources

On this page, I offer some of the books, articles and other resources that I have found to be of use on my personal development journey.

First I will mention my own book, which I wrote because my work blends elements from dialogue practice, mindfulness, meditation, and embodied work. When my clients asked: ‘what can I read?’ I had to suggest several different books, each addressing a different aspect of the work we were engaged in. Now I can offer ‘Pause for Breath’, which explores mind, body and spirit in leadership conversations. At the end of each section of the book there is a resource list.

My aim is always to encourage people to read widely, and to make their own sense of practices that are beyond accurate ‘articulation’. In the end, your own experience, your own sense-making, is what will take you forward. Be curious, develop your awareness, and have fun!

My book…


A Pause for Breath participant wrote:

‘The book enhances the whole experience by acting as a reference material that can be dipped into again and again, reinforcing the learning and helping to embed it into everyday conversations with others.’
 
Books, articles and links for cultivating leadership presence…

Leadership Embodiment

Wendy Palmer:

Leadership Embodiment

The Intuitive Body

The Practice of Freedom (not shown)

Resources: Leadership Embodiment

Judy Ringer:

Unlikely Teachers

Blog: Ki Moments

Article

Getting Back to the Body: Leadership Lessons on Power from the Martial Arts and Somatic Tradition, John Tuite

Article

Leadership changing hands, a description of a Leadership Embodiment experience, Amanda Ridings.

Article

The Body in the System, an article about embodying presence, published in Coaching Perspectives (page 23), Amanda Ridings.

Books, articles and links for mindfulness practices…

Book

Little Book of Practice, Susan Szpakowski and Barbara Bash

Website

Illustrated blog, Barbara Bash

Book

Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic world, Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Books, articles and links for dialogue practices…

Article

Leadership conversations, Health Service Journal, Sharon Millar and Amanda Ridings

Article

Conversation stopper, Coaching at Work magazine, Sharon Millar and Amanda Ridings. Link kindly provided by Coaching at Work.

Book

On dialogue, David Bohm

Book

Dialogue and the art of thinking together, William Isaacs

Article

Dialogue resources, from Dialogos

Book

Difficult conversations, Stone, Patton, & Heen

Book

Life-changing conversations, Sarah Rozenthuler

Website

Photo-dialogue, visual blog by Steve Marshall

Books, articles and links about coaching…

Article

Those moments when we lose presence, Coaching Supervision Academy community blog, Amanda Ridings

Article

Using silence in coaching and supervision, Coaching Supervision Academy community blog, Amanda Ridings

Article

Coaching the person in the context of complexity and uncertainty, prize-winning essay (The Burditt Lectures), Brigid Russell

Article

Personal best: top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you? Atul Gawande

Book

Executive coaching with backbone and heart, Mary Beth O’Neill

Book

Psychological dimensions of executive coaching, Peter Bluckert

Book

Systemic coaching and constellations, John Whittington