Being a Beginner
We learn by practicing, in real time, stepping into powerful choices each step of the way.
We value deep listening, open dialogue & collaboration toward effective solutions.
We cultivate learning & leadership with a long view toward trust, authenticity and dignity.
At Q4 Consulting we’ve enabled emerging and established leaders and their teams to:
- create cultures of trust
- develop embodied practices for transformational change
- be the stand for living their compelling vision into the marketplace
It’s elemental. We learn via practices, over and over again.
Repetition integrates our learning into everyday work life, transforming new understandings into established practices.
Practiced together, attention, awareness, and mindful use of language results in transformation of today’s stress into resilience, enhanced skills to produce trust, empathy and commitment, and the agility to act with power and impact.
You’ll take new action automatically with no need to stop, think about it, or refer back to a manual. You’ll embody new responses that stimulate resilience, fierce conversations, a keen focus on decisions, and sustainability of your energy over time.
Where we focus our attention literally shapes our brains & psychobiology, our experiences & decisions, and ultimately our actions. Trained attention is a fundamental skill of the effective, influential leader.
Practicing mindfulness is a way of training attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
Training “mindfully” — in the moment an event occurs — enhances your ability to both identify and minimize sources of stress while enhancing competencies that build resiliency, increase flexibility, and promote an integrated, authentic presence.
Learning happens in our bodies, through practice over time. And, it begins with cultivating 360°awareness.
It’s by tuning our attention to the living sensations of the body that we expand our awareness of the world. The body is the birthplace of language itself. It’s from the exquisite attunement of sensations, and their neural correlates, that emotions and moods and thoughts arise. It’s in the body that we move into purposeful action.
Coupled with attention, full-bodied awareness creates that space for new learning. In turn, this new learning becomes integrated, embodied, or what might be called ‘a new normal’ in daily life.
Of course, this inevitably involves how your speak to yourself and others, and how you live into your story.
How you use language underscores your beliefs, moods and possible actions. It’s in language that you discover who you are and what you bring to the table. In language your future story will unfold. Conscious conversations are the actions that make possible a future that otherwise would not exist.
The experiential framework of the Core Commitment Cycle™ (CCC) weaves together the strands of Mindful Attention, 360 Awareness, with the language of Conscious Conversations to support the development of exemplary leaders and teams.
In creating the space to co-create vital commitments and deep trust, leaders participate in body-based learning, practice core linguistic moves essential for coordination, and develop new habits and practices to cultivate mindful, focused attention.
It’s all about Embodied Learning.
The Core Commitment Cycle™ is an interactive learning process that integrates Mindful Attention, 360°Awareness, and the power of Language to create conscious conversations.
From there you’ll be able to shift moods, create commitments, and coordinate effective action for extraordinary results.
Three factors essential to embodied learning.
Awareness • Attention • Conversation
Embodied learning is transformative, whole-self learning that informs the way you show up in the world.
Embodied learning cultivates the ability to do something new that you can’t already do. Authentic, compassionate conversations for action are a result.
Embodied learning, it turns out, is what’s involved in riding a bike, playing the piano, shooting free throws, or driving a car. It’s the kind of learning your grandparent’s valued because it’s so practical.
And, embodied learning is exactly what’s required to effectively lead a team, to converse powerfully with customers and co-create around their needs, or evaluate complex situations and commit to a wise path forward.
This new, radical way of learning supports the leader in each of us to transform ourselves, our businesses, and our communities in order to create new futures for us all.
It’s remarkable, revealing, and not to be over-the-top, it’s revolutionary.
Listen as Chris talks about Embodied Learning.
We’re dedicated to cultivating conscious change and generative organizations committed to the health and well-being of all living systems.
Our Work in the World
We stand as a commitment to cultivating strong leaders, healthy workplaces, and engaged, thriving communities.
At Q4 we’re engaging, pragmatic, caring and fun. Our approach, and the tools in our toolbox, reflect years of experience that we bring to the conversation, allowing us to blend proven approaches while customizing offers to fit client’s needs.
- Core Commitment Cycle™–a trust-building process
- The Leadership Pause™
- Mindfulness & Somatic Practices
- Promise Based Management
- Core Presence Coaching™
- Purpose & Passion review toward aligned strategy
- Conscious Conversations for Action
- Leadership Circle Profile (LCP)
- ECI (Emotional Intelligence) Assessment
- Focused Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI)
- Effectiveness Institute Behavioral Style Inventory
I recently attended a leadership workshop in which Chris was one of the workshop leaders. She was conducting a workshop on using somatic learning and embodied learning techniques to develop one’s leadership potential. This is truly cutting edge stuff that takes a holistic integrated mind/body approach to leadership. I learned a lot about myself, my energy, and how I can be a better, more centered, and more connected leader. It was also a lot of fun!! Chris was wonderful to get to know and to work with.Mike Keen
Chris is an extremely creative thinker, with an incredible capacity for continual learning and growth. I first met Chris in her role as the head of the Consulting Division for the IPA, where she provides an excellent forum for professional development. I have also participated in “A Mindful Course” where Chris’ expert guidance has helped me incorporate mindfulness in my daily life, providing focus and clarity. She is a thoughtful and intelligent individual who brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into all her projects.Nancy Johnston
I’m Chris Johnson, PsyD, Founder and CEO of Q4 Consulting, In. As an executive coach, I’m passionate about embodied learning and leadership, and leveraging it to cultivate strong business and community leaders, healthy workplaces, and engaged, thriving communities.
To that end, I help smart, savvy, successful leaders like you take your leadership and team performance from functional to excellent!
I’m known for creating trust with those who value honesty, deep listening and straight talk, and my commitment to their success.
And, I like to partner with clients who are committed to success and are willing to do what it takes to learn, to excel in this journey of work-life integration.
Together we co-create space to learn to learn, to embody a compelling presence, to handle high pressure situations with greater ease, to collaborate with others and create skillful, focused action towards results that matter.
In short, I help people tap into the best in themselves so they can make a bigger difference in the world.
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Chris met me at a time of great personal and professional transition. She held me accountable to myself.
Chris helped me stake out a safe place to explore my newly emerging career path. And, she helped me to clarify a declaration for my future. Only then could I examine areas that had been roadblocks to my moving forward. With her walking beside me, I faced significant fears and experienced the greatest growth.
Chris helped me to stand in my power in my life and in my job search. Upside is that I have myself now, and I’m standing on different ground. I never dreamed I’d make such progress. I’d absolutely recommend Chris to anyone seeking to find their path.Barbara
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