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Leading from the inside out

Every transformative change – whether in your organization, your relationships or your life – begins with a change in the way you see and interpret “what is.” It is only when you can see “what is” differently that you can envision “what is possible.”

Leading your own life

Have you noticed that the “as soon as” you are waiting for never seems to arrive? That “if only” is always in the future. Leading from the inside out means changing your focus from what holds you back to what moves you forward.

Leading in your relationships

S/he is fabulous on Monday, intolerable on Wednesday. Seriously? The quality of our relationships rides not just on who they are, but where we focus our attention. Going first means choosing your focus with intention and care.

Leading others

A leader is someone who inspires you to go where you would not go alone. Going first as a leader means seeing, imagining and expecting what others do not, then letting them in on the secret.

Going first

Let’s face it. In business, education, and life, we are driven by a deep desire to feel alive, to feel strong and engaged! When we go first, we get more done, solve problems faster and take more responsibility for our lives. This is living, loving and leading from the inside out!

Chris Trout, Founder of Strengths in Focus, on stage →


Businesses and organizations run on energy – human energy. Leaders who understand how to unleash the source of this energy tap into an endless well of engagement, creativity, resiliency and personal commitment.  Learn more…


We want to help young people see themselves as strong, capable and resource-rich, but too often the adverse circumstances of their lives have created a distorted picture of who they are and what is possible. Learn more…


We get stuck in our own stories – about ourselves, others and the world around us. Yet, all our power lies in “the rest of the story,” where our unique and enduring strengths lead the way to clarity, passion and ease. Learn more…

Chris Trout has been instrumental in the transformation of our workplace culture. He has spoken at our management and executive level retreats, each time guiding us to be our best selves while igniting contagious excitement for what could be. As a result, our company has evolved into a cohesive team that works together with integrity and passion, as we fearlessly think outside of the box.

Teri Nickerson, Director of Human Resources, Stanford Management, Portland, Maine

“Chris takes the concept of strengths-based intervention to the place where it was intended – empowering kids with accountability and integrity”

Leah Kyaio, M.Ed., speaker, author and founder of With Respect

I can honestly say that I have never been happier or more excited about my future. I can’t remember the last time I had anxiety about where I should be going or what I wanted to do with my life.  These worries have been put to rest in the most magnificent of ways.

Eric Koll, LMSW, Rochester, NY (former coaching client)

Speaking to Ignite and Transform Your Organization

Artful Facilitation to help everyone see differently

Equally at home with CEOs or ground zero professionals, from South Central Los Angeles to rural Canada, Chris has that rare ability to reach audiences through both head and heart. He moves effortlessly from foundational research (which somehow never feels “research-y”) to powerful stories that speak directly to each audience member. The shelf life of Chris’ insights is measured in years, not hours or days – and is evidenced in the words of audience members:

Chris is real – not sugar coated. This is not about methodology or a set of techniques. It is the way he lives. 

It isn’t every day I attend a conference where I come away feeling empowered with information I can put into practice in my everyday life, both at work and at home.

The full story

Effective facilitation is like great jazz, an improvisational give and take that requires exquisite listening, sensitive choices, and the ability to jointly arrive someplace new and unexpected. Chris is a master of this kind of improvisation. The unsurpassed skill and insight he brings helps everyone lay down their assumptions and join in the improvisation. His perfectly timed observations and insights help the group move to the next level of discussion and sharing. And his authentic delight in the process inspires everyone to join in the improvisation, excited to see what is possible.

Whether you need to find creative solutions, resolve conflict, elicit feedback and ideas, or engage in affirmative inquiry, Chris will help you navigate this new territory and arrive somewhere you’ve never been before.

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Personal Coaching

Life happens: unexpected change, another as soon as between you and what you want, that chronic negative dialogue in your head. You are not alone. Want to know what to do next? Learn more… 

Leadership Coaching

Your DIY days are over. As a leader, all of your power comes from evoking the very best in others – by leveraging their strengths, their energy, their 100% commitment to a compelling vision. Learn more…

Team Coaching

What does a phenomenal team look like? Right people in the right places? Inspired & engaged? Clear and confident? Modeling excellence in everything they do? What would it take? Learn more…

Solutions Coaching

Sometimes you just need help with a specific problem. You’ve all been looking at it for so long, it feels intractable. The energy is low, the ideas have stopped coming, and everyone wishes it would just go away. Learn more…

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