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“Harnessing the Power of Profound Intimate Leadership” with Neil Edwards


This week on the UpLevel Podcast, we had an opportunity to have an insightful conversation with our special guest, Neil Edwards, an Executive Leadership Coach and a Reflective Practitioner. He has almost three decades of expertise in coaching and leveraging various established trade tools. His approach to coaching and reflective practice stands as a guiding force toward profound growth. Join us as he emphasizes the vital role of profound intimacy in leadership and business during times of crisis. He also discusses that superficial interactions are insufficient for creating meaningful futures and solving complex problems. 

Neil’s insights offer a fresh perspective on building trust and creating meaningful connections! So, tune into this enlightening conversation if you are looking forward to leading authentically through crisis, chaos, and change by harnessing the power of introspection!

In this Episode:

  • Neil emphasizes that going beyond surface-level interactions is crucial for innovation and solving complex problems.

  • Neil opens up about his experiences during the social crises of 2020; he highlights how staying engaged in difficult discussions led to forming some of his deepest relationships based on trust and truth-telling.

  • Discover why intimacy is essential for understanding oneself better and increases the capacity to handle challenging situations and turbulent times.

  • The equation includes credibility, reliability, and transparency (intimacy and empathy), and how often businesses overlook 'intimacy.' How addressing it head-on can foster stronger professional relationships.

  • Reflecting on his upbringing surrounded by nurturing feminine energy from his mother's side helped him embrace both masculine and feminine energies within himself.

  • Discover the 5 Cornerstones of working with Neil for a transformative journey.

  • Integrating mind, heart, and body through physical practices, balancing giving/receiving dynamics in relationships, and connecting with nature.

  • How drawing parallels between sailing dynamics illustrates how similar attentiveness required at sea applies equally across life's myriad of challenges, demanding adaptive strategies amidst constant flux without losing sight of overarching goals/horizons ahead.

Order of Topics:

  • The Power of Profound Intimacy

  • Personal Experience with Intimacy

  • Intimacy in Business Leadership

  • The Trusted Advisor Trust Equation

  • Neil’s Journey

  • Balancing Feminine and Masculine Energies

  • The 5 Cornerstones of Working with Neil

  • Embodiment, Reciprocity, and Time in Nature

  • Sailing Analogy For Life and Leadership

About Neil:

Neil Edwards believes that the world is at an inflection point. That the status quo needs to be broken, that it is time for unreasonable action, and that the solution is profound intimacy. 

As an expert team and relationship coach and advisor, and a leadership development facilitator, Neil's mission is to eliminate unnecessary suffering in the world. Neil journeys with his clients through examinations of identity, beliefs, and behaviors, to develop new ways of being that solve the most pressing issues of our times.

Neil has over 30 years of experience in technology consulting, healthcare, energy, law, public sector, non-profits, NGOs, consumer goods, and higher education. A Professional Certified Coach and Reflective Practitioner, he is substantially credentialed in coaching, change management, emotional intelligence, communication, inclusive leadership, intentional culture, and people development. His work is grounded in his multicultural experiences and thousands of hours of client engagement. 

Originally from The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Neil has resided in the US since 1997. He currently lives and works from the unceded tribal lands of the Nissenan indigenous people, near the Sierra Foothills in California with his wife and two daughters.

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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