BasictoBasics Leadership 

Getting Back to

Your Why  

March 2021




Do you find yourself reacting more lately rather than responding? Do you wonder how you’ll get it all done when you don’t have enough time or energy? Do you know that things need to shift, sooner rather than later?


A common misstep people make today is to look outside themselves to the next hot business trend, NYT bestselling author, or productivity app to solve issues that are rooted inside in human behavior –  your own. Trends, books, and apps can be helpful, once you’ve got a solid understanding of what you really need.


Want to know the biggest predictor of your future success?


Your willingness to invest in learning about yourself:  your thought patterns and habits, your energy and moods, and your purpose, your WHY.



Without knowing what drives and excites you, you’ll keep wasting your time and energy reacting to the people and circumstances around you. And you’ll probably feel frustrated, purposeless, distracted, and miserable. Trust me when I tell you, THIS is the ugly path to feeling lost, hotheaded, and burnt out.



This course, Back-to-Basics Leadership: Getting Back to Your Why, will help you re-train your attention and energy on the only outcome you can control – how YOU respond.



You can get back to feeling great about leading with power and impact to make a difference.

Raise your hand if you: 


Want to shift the way you’re leading & communicating

Your communications skills are being tested by the current challenges in the workplace. On top of your mission, you’re managing wave after wave of crises. It’s taking a toll on everyone’s productivity, mental health, and motivation. You’re ready to cultivate open, compassionate conversations about real impacts of what’s happening and how to come together with a common sense of purpose.



Feel frustrated by your inability to get more done

You know what you want to accomplish, yet you can’t seem to get it all done. You’re tired of feeling overwhelmed and unfocused. How can you be so impossibly busy and yet not feel like you’re having an impact? It’s time for some practical solutions that get you back the time you need by re-training your focus on what really matters.


Want to generate more positive energy and moods

There are valid biological reasons for the way you’re feeling that have nothing to do with flaws in your personality or a lack of mental fortitude. The fatigue is real. You need effective, practical strategies to keep positive, build resilience, and recharge.  


Want to model compassion without compromising standards

What does compassion look like? Well, it’s not about leniency, lowering standards, or abandoning values. Compassion’s about bringing more humanity into your role and seeing people as people, not simply workers, and focusing on relationships over tasks.


Can’t escape the drama that takes things off track 

You want to be able to anticipate your common triggers and practice new responses to reduce drama, stress, and emotional fatigue. By becoming aware of your internal dialog, you’ll shift your reactions into mindful responses and feel a sense of control.







 Back-to-Basics Leadership: Getting Back to Your Why

Grow your leadership & expand your influence by

building on the fundamentals of embodied leaders

In Back-to-Basics Leadership I learned how to use new skills to better manage & direct my energy & focus to allow me to accomplish more on a daily basis.  Chris’s simple centering practices were extremely useful and reduced my stress levels. 

Catherine Riddick, Owner, XPonent Group, Ltd.

Back-to-Basics Leadership helped me reconnect to the values of being focused, present, and leading from my core values with clear communication patterns. The personalized assessment, coaching, and support from Dr. Chris throughout helped me discover new ways to grow and challenge myself. I highly recommend this course! 

– Joe White, Sr. Product Manager 

Chris is a magician! She taught me how to shift my energy level and mood with a few simple practices. These new skills have transformed my ability to focus on what matters most, and cut my stress level in half! I’m more productive at work, so I can be more present at home.

– Jill Tyler, Business Development Strategist


Details you’ll want to know


What will you come away with?

Ability to leverage your strengths and style of leadership, even in moments of high stress.


Connection to what matters most to you – your why – and a plan to focus your attention and energy here.


Awareness about what pushes your buttons and keeps you trapped in drama.


Greater control of your time & calendar by dropping costly distractions.


More capacity to generate & maintain your energy – so you’re not giving it all away.


Skills to open up lines of communication so your work flow is more productive and gratifying.


Transformation of your focus from problems and uncertainty, toward solutions and outcomes.


 A 100% money-back guarantee. If you show up for calls, engage in the practices, and don’t experience positive shifts in your focus, energy & mindset you’ll receive a full refund for this course.

How’s the course designed?

Back-to-Basics Leadership runs for 6 consecutive weeks starting March 15th and ending April 22nd. We’ll meet twice per week on Monday & Thursday from 12:00 pm to 1:15 p.m. CT.


The content and community are hosted on the Q4 Consulting website and you’ll gain access to the new material each Sunday when you receive an email from me!


On Mondays, we’ll discuss the new content and practices (which you work on during the week), and on Thursdays, we’ll discuss your learning and experiences. Both Monday teaching calls and the Thursday Coaching sessions will be hosted via zoom & recorded.


Coursework includes videos, audio files, and practices along with a library of leadership resources at your fingertips.


Upon registration, you’ll receive orientation materials and the pre-work, which is described in more detail below.


In addition to the calls, you can plan between an hour or two a week to complete homework, read or view materials for that week’s module. Most of the practices will be completed throughout the course of your day.


Join before 2/22 for the early bird price of $797. Regular price registration $997 by 3/10. Late registration $1197 between 3/11 and 3/15. If you’ve taken this course already and want to see what’s new, use code alumni222 at checkout by 2/22 for a discounted rate of $197.


Pre-work includes taking an online assessment, the Focus Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI). This is a distinctive and advantageous leadership tool that you gain access to during this course.


The FEBI is a pragmatic tool that will provide insight into your energy preferences around leadership by measuring nervous-system functions observed in movement, thoughts, feelings, and everyday work behaviors. You’ll receive a report that I’ll personally review with you during a 1:1 call. This will help you integrate your results into your blueprint.


From the FEBI, you’ll learn:

A new way to understand yourself, colleagues, clients, and others.

The four distinct energy patterns and how you embody them.

How to manage your energy to build resilience and maintain balance.

Somatic (body-based) practices to shift your energy in less than two minutes.

How to recognize and influence the energy of teams and organizations.


Bonus #1: A hard copy of The Leadership Pause: Cultivating Your Life’s Potential. This workbook walks you through building your muscles to ‘pause’ before action. If you master only this one skill, the way you lead will be transformed.


Bonus #2: A 30-minute debrief of your FEBI results (see Pre-Work section above). We’ll schedule this during the first 3 weeks of the course so you get the maximum benefit from this powerful tool.


Bonus #3: A 45-minute 1:1 Executive Coaching Conversation with me scheduled between weeks 4 & 6. We’ll focus on your biggest challenges and how to leverage your natural strengths with the new knowledge and practice you’ve gained in the course. We’ll co-create the foundation of a personalized leadership blueprint for building your future.

In Summary . . .

You’ll receive all of the following in Back-to-Basics Leadership:

7.5 hours of instruction & 7.5 hours of group coaching throughout the 6 weeks to apply your learning, a total of 15 hours

Online course to access materials

The Focus Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI)

Bonus #1: A hard copy of The Leadership Pause: Cultivating Your Life’s Potential

Bonus #2: A 30-minute debrief of your FEBI results  

Bonus #3: A 45-minute 1:1 Core Presence Coaching Conversation

$997 (valued at $2550)

Your Instructor & Coach

Hi, I’m Chris Johnson, PsyD, founder of Q4 Consulting, Inc. and developer of Back-to-Basics Leadership: Getting Back to Your Why.  


My passion is embodied learning and leadership (it changed my life in no uncertain terms), and leveraging them to cultivate strong leaders, healthy workplaces, and engaged, thriving communities. 


We need strong, responsive, and conscious leadership today. My focus is developing learning opportunities and coaching leaders to embody just that!


About 15 years ago I went through a significant transformation in my own learning and leadership; it was a process that opened my life and work in ways I never expected.


The process of embodied leadership is based on the evidence-based effects of mindfulness, embodied learning, and the power of how we think and speak to create influence.

This might initially sound “touchy-feely,” but their effectiveness is based on decades of research by neurologists, psychologists, somatic practitioners, and brain researchers.

Back-to-Basics Leadership, in the midst of the pandemic, made a significant difference for me at work and at home. The course provided such powerful, concrete steps to ensure a centered and non-reactive approach to all situations. I especially appreciated the analysis of strengths and your suggestions for somatic practices. Many thanks for a great course! 

– Christine Stoneman, Attorney

My contribution to you and this course is 25 + years of experience and learning as a trauma psychologist, business owner, certified mindfulness teacher, executive leadership coach, and practicing aikidoka. 

Stated simply, my work gives equal value to the mind and body to maximize human potential.

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration. "

- Robin S. Sharma


Six Modules for Back-to-Basics Leadership: Getting Back to Your Why 


  • Determine what’s important so you can live & lead with clarity 
  • Deepen your sense of ownership in your talents 
  • Decide what profound & positive impact you will have 
  • Commit to your journey of self-awareness 
  • Discover the areas that are draining your focus & energy
  • Train your attention muscles to go deep & stay focused longer
  • Claim back your time & calendar by transforming costly distractions
  • Connect the dots between what’s important to you and how you direct your time & attention
  • Examine your mindset, your lens for viewing everything
  • Practice generating & maintaining your energy (so you don’t give it all away)
  • Learn to generate moods for success & new possibilities
  • Assess your Signature Stress Style & transform it to work for you
  • Learn what pushes your buttons & takes you out of the moment
  • Explore your role in the Drama Triangle – Victim, Rescuer, Persecutor
  • Shift the drama & loosen the grip of life’s triggers
  • Check your assumptions & identify your Core Presence


  • Learn to listen without jumping to a solution or conclusion
  • Build trust with simple, consistent ways of communicating
  • Address performance, challenges & conflicts with dignity
  • Express empathy & compassion
  • Shift your focus & communications from problems to outcomes
  • Embrace your empowering roles of Creator, Coach & Challenger
  • Embody dignity & empathy as core values
  • Finalize a personalized blueprint for building your future 

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Chris is an extremely creative thinker, with an incredible capacity for continual learning and growth. Her expert guidance helped me incorporate mindfulness in my daily life, providing focus and clarity.

–Nancy, career coach, Columbia Business School

Chris put herself in my shoes and helped me clarify what I was moving toward, where I was stuck, and how I could to shift into forward progress.  And, she’s incredibly flexible, responsive, and practical about business strategies while challenging me to stand in my power and build my capacity as a professional.

–Laura, Bridge Mediation & Leadership Solutions

“Chris helped me to see deeper into myself than I could see on my own. She helped me to “crack the shell” of my life, which has opened up new avenues for me. I knew I had to make some changes and she prepared me to face them head-on.” 

–Diane, entrepreneur, Fulcrum Network


Why do I need this course? Can't I learn this on my own?

Of course, you can.  Yet we’re living in unprecedented times, requiring a new kind of leader. Leaders grow & make meaning for their people—together. Besides, if you’re into the DIY approach, you may end up feeling more isolated, frustrated & stuck, not great in COVID era. All of us can benefit from alternative perspectives since they sharpen our awareness and open possibilities. Top athletes rely on their coaches to bring out their strengths, improve on their weaknesses, & push their best performance. The same is true in life and work. Plus, I bring 25 years of expertise to share with you—it’s a shortcut, catalyst & quickest way to get up to speed.

I’m super busy and overwhelmed these days. How many hours of my time will the course take?

Busy-ness is not only common today but often paraded around as a badge of honor. It’s not.  Being busy can deplete all your energies, those you really need to make a difference.  Practically speaking you’ll spend between about 3 hours a week total, either on a call with classmates, learning the material and putting it into practice.

What results can I expect to see?
  • Focused attention on what’s important.
  • Clarity on your Purpose
  • Insight into where your energy’s actually going vs. where you think it’s going.
  • Clarity around your Core Values & how you’re living them.
  • Increased Empathy & the ability to communicate it like never before.

Truth be told, your own level of engagement and commitment will drive how fast you see results.

I've never invested in myself life this before. How can I justify this expense?
It’s difficult at times to believe that we’re worth the investment of this kind of focus and attention, scary even.  Yet, in today’s COVID environment, it’s especially helpful to have the support of others  to holding us to our own commitments. Going it alone simply prolongs the process of moving towards developing the skills and tapping into your aspirations for the future.  Plus, what’s the cost to you if you don’t uplevel your leadership today?  
What if I'm still not sure this course is for me or I have another question?
Let’s have a 1:1 call & take care of that. Any questions you have are welcome. If the course isn’t right for you, I’ll likely have other resources I can share. Schedule a time with me here so we can talk about your concerns in more detail & I can answer any questions you might have.

What if I realize this just isn't for me?
I know how valuable this offer is based on client feedback. I stand 100% behind this offer.  There’s a full money back guarantee if you’re not loving this program after the first session!

“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.”

-- Rabbi Shemuel ben Nachmani