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Leaders often ask,
“Must I get it perfect first?” 

Here’s an mp3 of Chris’ response


Get an early bird look at Leadership IS Personal: an immersive personal and professional development journey with Chris Trout

“After completing Chris’ workshop, I feel ready to own my brilliance and have the confidence to take my leadership to the next level.  I look forward to inspiring my team and changing my community for the better.” 

~ Shirar Patterson, President and CEO, United Way of Eastern Maine, Bangor

What is Inspired Personal Leadership?

It begins with you

You: Fully engaged and present.

You: Empowered to lead from your strengths.

You: Inspired by what is and by what is possible – a compelling “why” & a contagious “what.”

It begins with what is

The power of IPL lies in seeing the current reality through new eyes, then consciously choosing a focus that shortens the distance between what is and what is possible. No denial. No pretending. Just seeing what other cannot see.

It comes to life in one question

IPL first asks why, then what if. As the answers to these two questions merge, all action is guided by one simple question: “What does it look like today, right now, in this moment?”

It is crystal clear...

…and highly improvisational. The vision is vivid and contagious and self-organizing. The execution is nuanced and paradoxical – a glorious, often messy, always  very human improvisation.

Chris Trout
Imagine if you had a guide, a mentor to whisper in your ear, nudge your wisdom, remind you who you are, and help you stay inspired and aligned.

IPL 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…

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…

“Chris’ work is different from anything I’ve experienced before.“

~ Carol Langner, Executive, Alberta, Canada

Speaking to Ignite and Transform

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.

“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, (former) Director of Human Resources, Stanford Management, Portland, Maine