Are you the leader you imagined you could be – in life and work?

You can be, beginning right now

Leadership IS Personal

an immersive personal and professional development journey
with Chris Trout

Be the change you wish to see
Become the leader you intended
Get the support you deserve

This is the real deal, friends…

· I will NOT waste your time with yet another collection of leadership tips and tricks.

I will NOT pretend that leadership OR transformation is just about finding the right strategy or the perfect words.

And I will NOT be another promising investment that fades in the face of reality.

You deserve better. You are better.
I’ll walk you from where you are to where you want to be.

The “prize inside”

You asked for…

Me, in your ear, reminding you who you are, nudging you to lead, modeling fierce conversations (with others – and with the judges in your head), and asking the tough questions that wake you up to what is possible – and how to get there.

We are going deep and getting results that matter!

  • Energy… from seeing with fresh eyes and rediscovering the WHY that pulls you forward.
  • Clarity & Focus… from knowing who you are and where you are going – individually and communally.
  • Innovative Solutions… from fully engaging and empowering the strengths of those around you – and in you!
  • Insight & Resilience… from asking the right questions at the right time.
  • Inspired Action that is the natural by-product of this new mindset.

I am Chris Trout

After a 27-year in-the-trenches exploration of human strengths and resilience, I turned my attention to you, the Leaders and Life Changers. From Executive Director to consultant, national speaker to coach, I have been, first and foremost, a “Noticer-in-Chief.”

What I have noticed is that truly effective leaders – in life and in organizations – are curious. They ask more questions than they answer. And the inspired leaders ask inspired questions.

Over the course of two decades, six questions have emerged as the core guiding questions for inspired people and organizations:

How do I name myself and others?

Who is showing up?

What do I name as true?

What is my Why – and why?

What do I imagine and expect?
(The expression of my why.)

What does that look like today, right now, in this moment?

Me, utterly inspired by my daughter, Zoe

These 6 Inspired Questions

are at the center of Leadership IS Personal. We will explore the questions and excavate your answers, so you can lead from a place of strength and insight, and elicit the very best from those who count on you. You will build the skills to create and articulate a compelling and contagious vision, then give expression to that vision in every nuance of who you are, both individually and as a team. And from this new way of seeing, you will solve problems, innovate solutions, and create new and meaningful ways of making a difference. These 6 inspired questions are…

Each one building on the last.

Helping you quickly shift the way you perceive, interpret and respond to the never-ending flow of people, events, and circumstances in your day.

Serving as tools to assess where things may have gone awry and where the shift needs to happen.

Since Leadership IS Personal
we explore these questions two ways…

The life you lead

1. How do I name myself and others?

2. Who is showing up?

3. What do I name as true?

4. What is my Why – and why?

5. What do I imagine and expect? (The expression of my why.)

6. What does that look like today, right now, in this moment?

Who you lead

1. How do we name ourselves and others?

2. Who is showing up?

3. What do we name as true?

4. What is our Why – and why?

5. What do we imagine and expect? (The expression of our why.)

6. What does that look like today, right now, in this moment?

Fascinating! So how does Leadership IS Personal work?

Unlike so many “online” courses and programs, Leadership IS Personal is a mentored program. In other words, I’ll be right there with you, teaching, clarifying, answering questions, modeling, telling stories and helping you apply what you learn to the specifics of your life and work.

It’s simple in its structure, broad in its application and deep in its impact. And since different people learn and engage in different ways, I give you different ways to learn and engage. No matter who you are, some combination of these will work for you.

Here’s the core…


Weekly Coaching Modules

12 Core Coaching Modules Every other week, I will release a new coaching module based on one of the 6 Inspired Questions – first as it relates to you; then as it relates to your work.

12 Momentum Modules – On the week opposite the Core Coaching Module, I will release a module that answers some of the “yeah, but” questions that you are asking in your head.

What's in the Modules?

  • A video and/or audio lesson from me.
  • Text material to support the lesson, when appropriate.
  • Printable worksheets, handouts, cheat sheets and more.
  • Homework – exercises to clarify, challenge and get specific to you.

By the end of the program, you’ll have a valuable comprehensive leadership manual tailored specifically to you.

Sustaining Modules

Now that you’ve completed the 24 modules, I’ll continue to post new material to help you stay inspired and take everything to the next level of practice.


I’ll routinely share resources that challenge, inspire and shape me.

Books | Videos | Blogs | Articles | Resources | Interviews | Quotes | Opportunities

 Then comes the Support & Community

Private online coaching forum moderated by me

This is where the real action is. I will be all over this private FB group on a daily basis, answering questions and posing new ones, connecting you to each other, doing pop-up live video sessions, and generally having fun doing what I love, and helping you love what you do.

Bi-weekly Coaching Calls

Every Wednesday at noon EST (tentative – I’ll survey to discover the best time), I’ll host “virtual office hours” by phone. Hop on from anywhere to ask your burning question, problem-solve, get support or listen to the conversation. Or listen to the recording later.

Monthly Video "Hot Seat" Sessions

Isn’t it great to see someone else work through your issue? Once a month, I will invite one person (or you can volunteer) to join me on video to go deep into a current dilemma. This is where you’ll see everything at work. (Yep, they’ll be recorded so you can watch later.)

Twice Weekly Booster Emails/Texts

One will connect you with everything new and good that week. The other will inspire you, challenge you, or just wake you up from your mid-week stupor of getting things done. These may be the most valuable communications you get all week!

 Then I make it easy

LP Central Home for everything!

This is where everything is organized and accessible 24/7: videos, handouts, audio downloads, recordings of conference calls and “hot seat” sessions, resources, and more. Yep, it’s completely mobile-friendly.

Everything Mobile

Time is a precious commodity. That’s why I’ve made sure everything we do is completely mobile-friendly. Listen in the car, watch at the beach, engage from anywhere, anytime.

Go Deeper

Once in the program, I will offer opportunities to add 1:1 coaching or create small Mastermind groups at a fraction of their normal cost. You do only what fits for you.

And since “life happens,” here’s the best part…

Start anytime  |  Work at your own pace or stay on schedule  |  Take breaks when you need to
Guilt-free  |  24/7 Access  |  I’m always here when you need me
Community to support you  |  Everything is recorded
Mobile-friendly for easy on-the-go
Sweet, right?

And if you register for Option 1 today, you’ll receive the following bonuses, valued at more than $500

Free access to 14 Days to Unstuck

Free 1-hour Kickstart Jam Session with me

25% discount on Chris’ first live Inspired Personal Leadership Retreat, date TBA (or bring a friend and attend for free!)

Why? Why? Why?

Q: Chris, why are you doing this?
A: Because it’s more fun than work! It feels like breathing, which means it’s inspiring (as in in-spire; breathe in). Because it is fully aligned with my WHY.

Q: Why would I do this?
Because you are inspired by the idea of leading – in life and work – in a way that excites and energizes both you and those around you. Because it should be fun. Because you’re done running on the hamster wheel of your task list, your fears, your thoughts. Because you want to innovate and create and do something that really makes a difference. Because you want to empower others (as in, set them free) to do the same; you want to tap their brilliance and unleash their sense of purpose and meaning.

Q: Why the 6 Questions?
A: Because nearly everything you struggle with – and everything you want – links back to one of these six questions – effective communication, motivation, engagement, commitment, new ideas, systems, decisions… everything.

Q: Why now?
A: Because, more than ever, the world needs inspired leaders; people who go first. More than ever, the world needs beauty and energy and life. Leadership IS personal, and it happens one relationship at a time.

So what do others have to say?

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

Carol Langner, Non-profit Executive

“After completing Chris’ workshop [IPL Immersion], I feel ready to own my brilliance and have the confidence to take my leadership to the next level.”

Shirar Patterson, President & CEO, United Way of Eastern Maine

Chris possesses an aura of ease, trust, and honesty that makes his work genuine. I have never met a person who could make others feel so grounded while challenging them to reach for the stars.” 

Teri Nickerson, (former) Director of Human Resources, Stanford Management

“I sent one of my associates who was wanting more for himself, professionally.  The aftermath… was astounding.  He was able to step back and recognize not only his strengths but his weaknesses.  He took that, plus a new found inspiration from the seminar, and the outcome was amazing.”

Courtney Freeman, Senior Executive Director, Northbridge Companies

I’m in!

No, wait… What’s the cost?

“I’m in!” is exactly what I am looking for with this program. Not tire kickers or folks who want to learn a thing or two, but folks who want to transform the way they live and lead. This is going to be so much fun, so rich, and so transformative, it deserves an “I’m in!” attitude.

Under any other circumstances, this constellation of learning, coaching, support and direct engagement with me – for a full year – would run many thousands of dollars. And that may well be the case in the future.

However, I LOVE leaders who go first, who want to be in on the ground floor going up, who love innovation and transformation and co-creation.


So, here’s how this works.

Option 1
Register now for $797 and save $199 + $500 in bonuses!

Option 2: 
Monthly subscription of $83

That includes 12 full months of access to…


Deep Dive Coaching

24 weeks of core coaching using the 6 Inspired Questions as our guide.

Each New Weekly Module includes…

  • A recorded video and/or audio segment with me, walking you through a new concept or application, both personally and professionally.
  • Printable worksheets, handouts, cheat sheets and more.
    **By the end of the program, you’ll have a valuable leadership manual tailored to you.
  • Homework – exercises to clarify, challenge and get specific to you.
  • Bonus material to inspire, teach and coach you further.

Coaching and Community

I will be deeply engaged with you from beginning to end.

  • Every day: LP private Facebook coaching group. Yep, I’ll be there – every day – prodding, responding, clarifying, asking more inspired questions.
  • Every other week: Open “Virtual Office Hours” group conference call (phone), recorded and uploaded to LP Central for your convenience.
  • Every month: Live video “Hot Seat” session, where I’ll go one-on-one with one person in the group. As always, recorded and waiting for you at LP Central.

Momentum Boosters

To keep you engaged, inspired and focused:

  • A weekly Momentum email, synced with the current core coaching module.
  • A weekly Inspired question via text or email, to keep you thinking.
  • Remember that bi-weekly VOH conference call?
  • Resources, videos, links and more.
  • Bonus material when you least expect it.
  • The chance to work 1:1 with me or create a small mastermind group at a fraction of the normal cost.


Register today for Option 1 and receive the following bonuses valued at $300

Free access to 14 Days to Unstuck

Free 2-hour Kickstart Jam Session with me

Option 2

Register Now!

More of the buzz from past programs…

“Rarely have I attended a program that has so strongly impacted me, both personally and professionally.”

Lucy Pulitzer, Executive Director, Community Cradle

“I have been in the field for over 25 years and been to many inspirational/ motivational talks. Most are not worth the huge investment of time.  This was a most welcome exception.  Chris is the real deal, and his time with us will inspire us for years to come.”

Sharon Ricardi, Senior Vice President, Northbridge Companies

“There’s no manipulation. You don’t feel coaxed toward his goals. He helps you trust the process and trust that you are right where you need to be.”


“Chris is real – not sugar coated. This is not about methodology or a set of techniques. It is the way he lives. His abilities come from a life lived a certain way.”


“I had the opportunity to hear Chris at a time in my life when I was ready for some next steps. For me, the connection I felt hearing his presentation in person was absolutely key. I felt ‘this guy gets me’.”


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I really do this at my own pace?

Absolutely! While the emails will come on the projected schedule, LP Central is always there, 24/7, for you to pick up where you left off. And you will not be alone. It is not unusual for people to want to spend longer on a particular module or to get waylaid with the process within their own organizations. And sometimes life just gets in the way!

As well, other participants will be joining the course throughout the year, so there will likely be others who are about the same place in the progression as you. No worries.

Q: What if I can’t make the Virtual Office Hours or the Monthly Hot Seat Session?

Every phone and video session will be recorded, then uploaded to LP Central within a few hours, so you can listen at your leisure – or on the go. (Remember, LP Central is mobile-friendly, so you can watch or listen anywhere.) Of course, you aren’t obligated to listen to any or all of the calls. This is offered as a support to your journey.

Q: Is the coaching group private?

Yes. We will begin our coaching group using Facebook secret groups. Only current members of this program can see what you type/post. It will show up in your timeline, but not on anyone else’s unless they belong to this group. All members must be approved by me, and no members will be approved unless they have registered for this program. The platform I am using for other content ( is working on a private discussion forum, as well. Once that is launched and well tested, I reserve the right to move our forum from Facebook to the Thinkific platform, where it will be more fully integrated with all the other functions of the program.

Q: What if I want more 1:1 support, or want to create a small Mastermind group within the program?

There will be several opportunities to upgrade to 1:1 coaching and/or Mastermind groups within the program. The structure of these services are currently being designed and will be available shortly after the start of the program on May 15, 2017.

Q: What happens at the end of my 12 months?

You have two choices at the end of 12 months. You may end your access to LP Central and the FB group, maintaining possession of all the materials you have downloaded over the course of the year. Or you may continue to have access to LP Central, the FB group, conference calls, hot seat sessions and regular emails through a modest monthly subscription.

Q: What is the live retreat you refer to?

Plans are already being made to host a live weekend retreat based on the 6 Inspired Questions. No further details are available at this time. As a member of this group, you will receive a 10% discount on the published price for the retreat. If you registered before May 15, 2017, you will receive a 50% discount as one of your bonuses for going first!

Q: My employer is going to pay. Can I get an invoice?

Of course. Just email me at and include a PO number, along with the name, organization, and address to whom the invoice should be directed. I will email the invoice directly to you or to whomever you designate. If you are using an invoice during a time-limited registration offer, you will be considered registered as soon as the invoice (including the PO) is submitted. Payment is due within 15 days.

Q: Are there scholarships available?

I have a limited number of $100 scholarships available. Larger scholarships may be awarded at my discretion. Please send me an email at explaining your circumstances and requesting the scholarship.

Q: Do you offer a volume discount if multiple people from the same organization register together?

I am happy to extend a consideration for multiple registrations from the same organization, however, that part of the payment system is not automated. And because there are so many variations on this theme, I have not established a set policy. Please call me at (207) 767-2024 to discuss the details and I will be happy to help.

Do you offer payment plans?

The full price registration will have payment plans enabled. If you still need a payment plan with the early-bird discount, shoot me an email at and we’ll work out the details.

Q: Do you offer one of those money-back guarantees I often see online?

Yes and no. yes, I want you to be satisfied – no, I want you to be over-the-moon about your experience within Leadership IS Personal. If you are ever dissatisfied, please let me know right away. These are such important conversations to have, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that any issues are addressed. That said, this journey depends largely on you – your full engagement, your mindset, your willingness to put the strategies and insights into daily practice. If you have been fully engaged and have completed all the work of the course, and do not feel that it is helping you become a more effective and inspired leader, please call or email me directly anytime within the first 60 days and I will work with you to find a satisfying solution. I am a person of great integrity and, as long as you act with integrity, as well, we will find a solution together.

Q: What if I have other questions?


Just call (207) 767-2024 or email I’ll respond as quickly as possible – usually within a couple hours, always within the day.

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