“Your future success depends on your ability to pause.”
Chris L. Johnson, PsyD.
You juggle numerous, competing demands and commitments on your time and energy every, single day.
As a result, increased complexity can lead to overwhelm, mistrust and burnout.
You need new ways of working–with yourself and with others.
A new way of working with your stress to build resilience instead.
A new way of working together that’s transparent, mindful and authentic, grounded in ethics and care: those human qualities that evoke and build trust at home and in the workplace.
A new way of doing business where profits are centered in purpose, where trust is cultivated and pragmatically trained, and where value is created when people engage to make their best contribution in the world.
A new way of being built on intentional, deliberate practice for the sake of a thriving, engaged future.
A new way . . . that all starts with a Pause.
Learn about Our Approach
Embodied learning, mindfulness-in-action, and conscious conversations work together to your success.
The Power of Embodied Learning
Traditional, off-the-shelf leadership programs tend to focus on theory yet fail to address the how of learning pragmatic skills for leadership, our sweet spot.
Embodied learning is hands-on, generative, whole-self learning that informs how you learn. It reveals the way you show up in the world, how you connect, communicate and collaborate with others, or not. And ultimately, how you get the job done.
Embodied learning cultivates purpose, pragmatic wisdom, skillful action, and leadership. Embodied learning cultivates Embodied Leadership.
“We’d considered other consultants, and after meeting Chris, there was no question she was the one! Her presence, honesty, and humility with our staff has helped us take risks and implement her mindfulness practices.”
— Rebecca Levine, Director of Special Initiatives, MacArthur Foundation
“Chris helped us create a future for the company rather than allowing us to remain in our comfort zone by going beyond typical methods to focus on purpose, values, mindfulness.”
— Dave Mooney, CEO Alliant Credit Union
“At first, ‘mindfulness’ sounded to me like a squishy, overused synonym for group hugs and undisciplined leadership. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’m very thankful that I was open-minded enough to listen, read, and learn about the science behind Chris’ Core Presence Coaching™ process that is based on mindfulness practices.”
– Nick Blawat, VP Strategy, US Foods
“At ‘Celebrating Life. Celebrating Uncertainty: Mindfulness Skills for Success’ an event for our nursing leaders, I learned how mindfulness can help me deal with & face conflict. What an eye-opener! And, that it can be developed as a daily practice. Practice, practice, practice!”
– Tess Callanta, RN, Rush Copley Medical Center
As a leader, what kind of path are you creating?
Organizations reflect their leaders—how they see the world, the actions they take, their way of being and working in the world.
Team members will follow your lead. When your actions are congruent with your words, your presence produces trust, engagement, and right action.
Embodied learning will train you to
- Clarify your true purpose
- Communicate with influence and power
- Collaborate & delegate effectively
- Operate skillfully & efficiently
- Drive high-performance teamwork
Extraordinary leadership is a way of being that begins with attention and awareness.
We’re dedicated to supporting organizations committed to the health and well-being of all living systems.
“Q4,” derives from the word, “quaternity,’ meaning “the union of four in one,” and
reflects our commitment to integrating mind, body, and spirit in our work and lives.
We’re committed to cultivating strong leaders, healthy workplaces, and engaged, thriving communities.
We hold that embodied learning & deliberate practice grows powerful leaders & teams.
What our clients are saying…..
Hear from leaders who attended Forget Bitcoin, Conversation is the New Currency, about the importance of
Mindful Attention, 360° Awareness, and the Power of Conscious Conversations.
I’ve worked with Chris over the years, always a positive experience. Not only she was my executive coach, but also a facilitator to build our team dynamics on two different occasions. Given her classic training in psychology, mindfulness, and human-centered orientation, she proved skillful in addressing different challenges in variety of engagements. Personally, I felt Chris delivered a positive impact, and highly recommend her!
In the years that I’ve known Chris she has proven to be an exceptional coach and advisor. As a business owner it’s easy to get caught up in the details of the business and lose your perspective as to what’s really important in the long term. When I talk to Chris about what’s going on in my company and the issues I’m facing, I always seem to find the crucial breakthrough I need.
My sweet spot lives at the intersection of … supporting professional women and cultivating business leaders and their teams to become more mindful, conscious, powerful and on purpose.
To that end, I’m committed to extending the transformational work of embodied leadership to those committed to creating the future—their own and our collective life together.
As a catalyst, I question. I listen. I challenge my clients to spur them on, to spark their awareness and energy, and to grow their capacity and resilience as they blaze trails forward.
Connecting with passion and purpose, we create a momentum that’s unstoppable, resulting in personal and professional success that’s nothing short of extraordinary.
Through leadership coaching, speaking, training and workshops, I partner with exceptional people who dare to expand their learning, to transform who they are in order to create our future together.
Here’s to your learning, your leadership.
Ready to work with Chris?
FROM THE BLOG
My first trip to New York City more than 20 years ago proved a bust. I’d wanted to see the Statue of Liberty, but going in January, during a big, smelly garbage strike, with blustery rain, well, you see what I mean. I just returned from NYC last week, and I’m...
It was hot, humid, and yet incredibly dry that summer. I was excited to celebrate our nation’s Bicentennial, a great celebration of democracy, with friends and fireworks that Saturday night. The heat of the day accentuated the smell of brats on the...
I can’t believe it’s been a year . . . I’m excited to announce that my book The Leadership Pause: Sharpen Your Attention, Deepen Your Presence and Navigate the Future, is a winner in the 17th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA). I’m honored...