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“Embracing Matriarchal Wisdom in Times of Crisis, Chaos, and Change” with Karen Kimsey House


This week on the UpLevel Podcast, we had the privilege of speaking with Karen Kimsey-House, a beacon of hope and guidance, and a pioneer in leadership coaching and co-founder of the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). As our world grapples with unprecedented challenges, Karen shares her profound insights on navigating crisis, chaos, and change through what she describes as matriarchal wisdom energy. This episode offers guidance not only for leaders within organizations but also for individuals facing extreme adversities worldwide who seek ways to maintain their humanity while striving toward creating a world that works inclusively for everyone.

Join us in this enlightening conversation filled with wisdom from a seasoned leader who has navigated both personal transformations and contributed significantly towards shaping modern and cutting-edge coaching and leadership methodologies. Tune in now!

In this Episode:

  • Karen discusses her perspective on global tensions and how they might signal an opportunity for something new to emerge.

  • Reflecting on pivotal moments that shaped her journey—from leaving the theater to birthing CTI.

  • She provides insight into the 'co-active' technology—a blend of being (co-) and doing (-active)—emphasizing love over fear as a powerful tool for personal growth and societal change.

  • Addressing those in extreme situations like war zones or survival modes, Karen speaks about maintaining humanity while managing immediate needs.

  • Explore how nature, meditations, and yoga are among the practices that keep Karen grounded amidst adversity.

  • Discover stories about coaching within prison systems and leadership programs in Israel.

  • Understanding the cancel culture's intent while advocating conversation beyond its limitations; exploring repair through dialogue rather than division.

  • Karen emphasizes the significance of evolving feminine leadership exemplified by figures like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Order of Topics:

  • Interpreting Current Global Unrest

  • Karen’s Personal Transformation

  • The Co-Active Approach

  • Navigating Survival Contexts

  • Daily Practices for Open-heartedness

  • Impactful Stories from Coaching

  • Skills and Concepts for Leaders

  • Context Over Tips and Techniques

  • Embracing Complexity Amidst Cancel Culture

  • Feminine Embodied Leadership Evolution

Action Items:

  • Embrace the Current Challenges as Opportunities

  • Balance 'Being' and 'Doing'

  • Maintain an Open Heart in Survival Situations

  • Cultivate Leadership Qualities for Transformational Times

  • Foster Connection Amidst Social Movements

  • Address Uncomfortable Issues Openly

  • Practice Proactive Philosophy Through Collective Efforts

  • Acknowledge Interconnectedness at All Levels

  • Prioritize Self-Care for Leaders

  • Commit to Continuous Personal Development

  • Lead With Love-Based Principles

About Karen:

One of the earliest recognized luminaries in the coaching profession, Karen Kimsey-House founded CTI in 1992 with Laura Whitworth and Henry Kimsey-House. They created the Co-Active philosophy of relationship that informs CTI’s world-renowned coaching and leadership programs. She also is a blogger for The Huffington Post and the co-author of Co-Active Coaching, the best-selling industry bible, now in its third edition. A successful entrepreneur, Kimsey-House founded and directed the Learning Annex San Francisco adult education program in 1986 and grew it into one of the most admired programs under the national Learning Annex brand. She received her MFA in Communications and Theater from Temple University in Philadelphia. Committed to pioneering Co-Activity in challenged environments and troubled populations, Kimsey-House continues to lead CTI workshops and is a dynamic keynote speaker around the world. On a mission of global, transformative change, she lives with her husband, Henry Kimsey-House, in Ashland Oregon.

About UpLevel Productions: Founded by Christie Mann, MA, CPCC, PCC, and Rachel Baldi, CPCC, PCC, UpLevel creates, produces, and delivers Transformative Experiences, Workshops, Training, Events + Media that develop leaders who make our world a healthier, more alive, and connected place to be. As Associate CTI Faculty Partners, UpLevel is licensed to sell, produce, and deliver Co-Active coach training and leadership development programs around the world to support the transformational growth of individuals and culture inside the workplace and organization. Instagram @uplevelproductions Facebook & LinkedIn @uplevelproductionscompany


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