My orientation establishes the field so that when I am standing in the fire and a choice point comes up, it informs or reveals a range of choices that I might not otherwise see if I did not have a clear orientation.

—Doug SilsbeeLeadership Coach and Author,Presence-Based Coaching

AS THE PRECEDING CHAPTERS suggest, we are creatures of habit. But we are also creatures of choice. In the disorienting swirl of group conflict and confusion, we need to know where our feet are planted. As we face what feels like overpowering pressure to comply with a group’s wishes, we need to know who we are at our core. As we feel ourselves succumbing to the pull of ego and pride, we need a higher, authentic self that serves as a solid anchor ...

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