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Kim Redding

Kim Redding is one of the most authentic, transparent and vulnerable leaders we know. He openly and honestly discusses his relationship to his addiction and how the commitments of conscious leadership have supported him to get sober and live a life of creativity and deep connection with the people he loves.

We were moved by how transparent and candid he was during our conversation, which is one of the reasons why it's one of our most listen to podcasts.

Appreciation for CLG's Impact

I have been in forum with Kim Redding for 3 years. My first impression was not positive, in fact I did not like him at all. Two and a half years later I consider Kim one of my closest confidants, a man I admire and choose to share all the most intimate details of my life. I love his candor, sincerity, and support in my life. A story that illustrates his growth is something I witnessed this past fall surrounding the Cubs in the world series. As a longtime season ticket holder and a diehard Cubs fan Kim had a scheduling conflict with all of the home games, but was able to secure tickets to game 7 in Cleveland. Instead of going to the game himself he gave his tickets to his step sons and nephews. In exchange he received heart to heart conversations with these guys where they shared their hearts and the story of going to a great baseball game.
Rick Malnati
Basketball Coach
Kim and I have been in a forum together for 3 years and have been learning partners for the past 2 years. Kim is a picture of transformation and passionate about his growth. He is willing to wrestle with the feedback he receives and he quickly does his work so that he can shift into a space of presence, curiosity & learning. I have especially seen this in our friendship. Kim, Rick Malnati and myself have committed ourselves for almost 2 years to a Monday morning phone call to practice conscious leadership. These phone calls & connections have become a weekly lifeline where I am seen, challenged, loved, given feedback, and called towards living and leading in presence.
Jeanne Stevens
Lead Pastor, Soul City Church
As Kim’s fiancé I’ve noticed that Kim’s commitment to himself through the lens of the 15 commitments has been a game changer for our relationship. I see Kim over and over again truly SHOW up in integrity by leaving his ego at the door as he is way more committed to being connected than being right. This work has helped support our relationship in every way possible. We began our relationship completely out of integrity with one another and have worked towards taking responsibility for ourselves, our feelings and being honest even when it’s hard.
Annmarie Chereso
Founder, BringIt! Home

The 15 Commitments in Action

Seeking approval, control, and security from within (Commitment 11). The opposite of this commitment is a close definition of a sex and love addict. Addicts need the approval of a relationship, a new car, a bigger balance sheet, anything external to prove they are worthy. When I rest in the knowledge that I am already enough, many sufferings melt away.  

 

Conscious listening (Commitment 4). This has been particularly helpful in my relationship with my fiancé and with my daughter. Leading the merging of families is very similar to leading a team of people in the work environment. One of my favorite stories is a time my fiancé and her son were in an argument and I intervened to guide them through a process of listening and reflecting. A few months later her son was teaching his girlfriend to use the clearing model and was practicing conscious listening himself. 

Feeling my feelings all the way through (Commitment 3). Before I got into recovery I was very used to running away from my feelings instead of feeling them all the way through to completion. It took me many months of practice to begin to feel my feelings and stay with them. I remember practicing just feeling sensations, like the fabric of my socks on my feet as I did a walking meditation. Gradually, I developed the skill of feeling my feelings and stopped masking or numbing them with external stimuli.

Speaking candidly (Commitment 4). I used to withhold thoughts or feedback from others, fearing that I’d hurt their feelings or they wouldn’t like me. What I’ve discovered is the more I speak my truth (and hold it lightly) the more they respect and appreciate my candor. 

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