Troubador Pause for Breath

Released: 28/01/2020

ISBN: 9781838593834

eISBN: 9781838597917

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Pause for Breath

Bringing the practices of mindfulness and dialogue to leadership conversations

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This book is for leaders, coaches and practitioners who are intrigued by their contribution to, and impact on, conversations, and who are committed to cultivating an authentic presence and voice.

The book explores:

• the influence of internal dialogue on your interactions with others and your effectiveness in your organisation;
• how to increase your versatility in challenging or delicate conversations and to develop capacity for doing this in ‘bad weather’ (adverse conditions); and
• how to germinate systemic change, one leadership conversation at a time.

Pause for Breath gained a Silver Nautilus Award in 2012, in the category of Conscious Business and Leadership. Nautilus aim to recognise exceptional literary contributions to fields such as spiritual growth, responsible leadership and positive social change.

Pause for Breathe is the best leadership book. It is full of intelligent and thoughtful insights and practices. It is very engaging and at times funny, also practical with loads of great tales from real life. It blends things in a way that’s totally different and the writing style is a delight to read - I loved it!

by Aileen Brown


This is a fantastic and insightful book that invites us to become fully aware of ourselves and our impact. Reading it and spending time with Amanda as she brought its content to life in her workshops has been so informative for me in understanding the triggers of my behaviours. I now have tools to be able to stop, assess, breathe, gather myself and my support and proceed with a more mindful course of action. Thank you Amanda.

by Tania


Amanda Ridings

I live in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, and I still find that quite hard to believe. It is a wild and beautiful landscape and a lot of my pre-writing and reflection happens as I walk in it.

I am an executive coach, coach supervisor and T'ai Chi practitioner. In all my work, I support others to engage in more fruitful conversations by embodying the practices of dialogue. That was the focus of my first book, Pause for Breath. This book gained a Silver Nautilus Award in 2012 in the category of Conscious Business and Leadership. This accolade encouraged me to persist in my writing. Like many who come to this later in life, and without training, I felt a bit of an imposter.

In my client work, I also seek to enable those caught up in relentless activity to pause for breath and clarify their leadership purpose. This is the focus of my second book, Weekly Leadership Contemplations.

I regularly publish short pieces on LinkedIn. Perhaps I am becoming a writer!


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