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Rick Torseth is proud to announce the launch of the new podcast 10,000 Swamp Leaders.

10,000 Swamp Leaders is a podcast that wades into muddy lowlands in search of people who have built social impact movements. The world needs 10,000 more people in the next five years who are willing to lead on issues like peace building, climate change, income inequality, and gender equality. Rick Torseth and his guests will unpack leadership lessons learned, why small wins matter as much as breakthroughs and how failure is our wisest teacher.

Thrive Inside Disruption

Adaptive leadership contending with the wicked problems generated by COVID-19 & Climate Change

You have been leading inside Covid for nearly a year. How are you doing? What has been your capacity to handle the constant change? How well are you diagnosing the immediate future? How is your mental health? How confident are you about lead well in 2021? I have some ideas that can help you.

We would love to get to know you.

Download the “Five Mistakes of Leading” article

On Leadership

We humans are difficult. Getting us aligned can be exhausting.

  • The internal and external bureaucracy slows you down.
  • People are difficult. Getting them aligned can be exhausting.
  • It gets difficult to craft strategic priorities in a fractured and unpredictable world.
  • Responding to systemic, unseen change is hard.
  • You can be blindsided by disruptive change inside your sector.
  • Politics and power take too much of your time.

About Rick

Choosing to lead shouldn’t hurt your career and shouldn’t hurt who you are.

I know how it feels like to be in over your head, keeping it a secret and believing that you’re alone. I have devoted my professional life to studying and experimenting with ideas, processes, and interventions that support personal and professional growth. There is not much I have not experienced in my coaching career. I know relationships are primary in all we do and I know that effective leadership development starts with a focus on your talents and your potential. I will help you become a better person and a better leader so that you and your organization succeed in this complex and messy world.

Realize Your Talent and Full Potential

Leadership coaching can help you realize your talent and full potential.

Our professional leadership-coaching services will support and serve leaders who know that organizations and teams need new tools and capacities to lead in these turbulent times.

Coaching slows the leadership game down.

Coaching provides time on your calendar to think. And feel. Coaching provides the structure and discipline you need to realize your underdeveloped leadership potential. Coaching identifies your blind spots and hidden assumptions that consistently knock you backwards.

Coaching renews your growth mindset and aliveness.

Coaching will reconnect your inner self, values, core beliefs and dreams with your outer actions. Coaching addresses your anxiety and stress and frees you to create your world using your head and your heart. You are worth that investment.

Coaching offers a practice for life.

Coaching provides space to practice new skills. It is through practice, feedback and deep reflection that you gain insights to yourself. It is inside your coaching practice that you will build resilience and grit. And more heart. Give yourself the gift of six coaching months and change your life.

Determine Your Coaching Needs

Bring an end to the state of overwhelm. Let’s determine your coaching needs.

“As the CEO of an international non-profit organisation, I have incredible freedom and yet I can feel lonely in some aspects of my role. Rick’s coaching really helped me rehearse my options, gain clarity, and prepare my actions. He is a master of his craft. The coaching doesn’t feel formulaic – it’s fluent and natural conversation that supports self-reflection. As a result, I am a better person, a better leader, and we are a more effective leadership team and organisation.”
—Mark Clark

From Survive to Thrive

Follow our plan.

Take a simple test

Consider how true each of the first 6 statements are for you (1 – 5 scale) and answer 7 and 8 below. We can then pinpoint the aspects of your leadership you want to improve.

  1. I have a history of high achievement and hitting my goals.
  2. I am a good problem solver.
  3. I am following a designed leadership development plan.
  4. I can distinguish a technical problem from a wicked problem.
  5. I have a designed practice of self-reflection.
  6. I am comfortable with ambiguity.
  7. What is my definition of leading?
  8. Why do or would people follow me? (They have a choice.)

Design your own practice of leading

I will show you how to develop a practice of self-reflection, turn your thoughts into work-related actions and help you get candid feedback from people you trust.

Put it into action

You will gain momentum. I will help you break down things into small wins that will create and sustain change over time.

Drive your growth

You will regain control of your own development.

Thrive inside complexity

You will be able to accomplish your mission with success because you will become a better leader.

Clear thinking, strong backbone, wise heart.
Elevate your leadership.

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Don’t let others and circumstances decide your leadership future.