Doug Silsbee was a master coach and a leader in the field of personal and professional development. He is the author and creator of the Presence Based Coaching curriculum. It is through his work that I continually develop my voice as a coach. We lost Doug to cancer this year but we joyfully carry on his work in the world as we live his model of coaching.
Every time I pick up one of his books I am invited into a shared space – across a community of coaches – where authenticity is key to growth. In fact, if you are not ready to look inward when reading his work you will find it difficult to try on his teachings (his work is always an invitation to experiment).
This is my first blog post. And in this moment, I am choosing to write about Doug. This is because Doug’s work is a constant reminder that to be a successful coach is to embody the needs of our clients. And that is beautiful.
This embodiment means a dedication to our own self work – our own observing and experimentation – so that when we are face to face with our clients we may truly empathize and, better still, provide a vehicle by which our clients may see themselves anew, with hope and promise for their lives.
As I continue my coaching work – and this blog, my coaching journal – I hope to stay real. That is, I hope to be transparent in my own coaching journey and the way in which my work with others is shaping me. Right now, when I sit with my clients, I feel more alive than ever. As I listen deeply I am honored by the trust my clients offer me as they share their worlds – their fears, hopes, frustrations, and dreams.
I am excited for what the future holds and grateful that you are on this journey with me.
If you would like to discover Doug’s work, I invite you to begin with his books here.
Thank you for joining me,