2019 Intensive

Introduction to Conscious Leadership with Deb Katz

This event is for leaders and their teams to explore the core concepts and models of conscious leadership. We introduce the technologies we use to support peak engagement, innovation, and drama-free collaboration.

This event is highly experiential. Participants will engage in multiple exercises in pairs and triads with follow-up full group debriefs. Each participant will explore a professional relationship challenge and learn how they can permanently shift the pattern.

Participants will walk away with an understanding of what conscious leadership is, the difference between leading from trust vs. threat, how to identify their own threat patterns, and technologies for shifting from threat to trust.

Our work is being used inside organizations including Asana, Leo Burnett Group, Genentech, World Bank, Kauffman Fellows, Greenville Health Systems, SAP, and more.

What We’ll Cover

  • Context versus Content. Paying attention to context is the key to a drama free culture.
  • Leading from Trust Vs. Fear. This distinction is at the heart of repeating drama patterns in organizations. Understanding this model immediately shifts the effectiveness of conversations both team and organization wide.
  • The 4 Questions of Conscious Leadership. Four key questions designed to be used ongoing to build self awareness and become a more conscious leader.
  • The 15 Commitments. This model outlines behaviors and beliefs that are the most significant limiting factors for a team. The primary focus is on the cornerstone commitments 1 and 2.
  • The Drama Triangle. The Triangle roles of Victim, Villain, and Hero describes the go-to positions that create and perpetuate drama and limit organizational growth and creativity.
  • Willingness to Shift. We cover the difference between wanting to shift and being willing to shift. We provide willingness questions to help teams discover if they’re actually willing to shift the issues they say they want to change.
  • Shift Technologies. We introduce simple technologies that you can immediately put into action in the midst of challenging interactions to change the dynamic and outcome by shifting from threat to trust.

You can learn more by checking out these 3 minute videos by the Conscious Leadership Group:

Locating Yourself – A Key to Conscious Leadership
Learn the difference between leading from trust versus threat.


Content Vs. Context
Good leaders pay attention to the content of their business, conscious leaders also pay attention to context. They ask, “From where is the conversation occurring?”


Deb Katz has more than twenty years experience pioneering new models in conscious leadership in the organizational world, with particular expertise in the healthcare industry. She coaches leaders 1-1, facilitates teams, and consults for organizational and cultural transformation.

She is known to radiate warmth and presence, to speak directly and tell it like it is, and to walk her talk with a focused gentle fierceness. Deb is a powerhouse of a human being and leader.

Deb holds a BA in sociology with a focus on Collective Behavior/Organizational Development from San Diego State University, and an RN from Cabrillo College with years of practice in cardiac and hospice care. She also has training in somatic psychology and the Enneagram.

When not coaching, consulting, or nursing, Deb is likely to be dancing or taking a long—10+ mile—walk in nature. She regularly pushes herself to all of her edges: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Deb lives in Portland, Oregon, and travels the world to spread conscious leadership, and to walk and dance on new ground.