We believe in the awesome potential of 

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Mission & Values

Axon Leadership is a human development consultancy, specializing in coaching and educational services for Gen X and Millennial professionals. Our mission is to bring out the greatest potential in the next generation of leaders, so our world can run with greater authenticity, efficiency, and joy.

At Axon we value human beings in the many ways they show up – with their wisdom and their limitations. We constantly seek to optimize potential by aligning with the inherent human drive to develop. We value kindness, impeccability, curiosity, courageousness, and above all, truth.

 
 
 

About Christina Congleton, M.Ed.

 
 

I've always been fascinated by people. More than anything I love watching others grow and contribute more of who they really are to the world – in their strength, joy, compassion, and power. I'm certain that we all have this potential.

I'm a human development specialist, committed to helping close the generational talent gap by coaching Gen X and Millennial leaders. I've worked with managers and executives from the United States and abroad, specializing in authentic leadership, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and political effectiveness.

I have a background in neuroscience and am proud to have been on the team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School that published initial research showing mindfulness practice can change the brain in eight weeks. Along with a couple scientific papers, you can find my published work in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and the book Beyond Goals: Effective strategies for coaching and mentoring.

I hold a master's degree in human development & psychology from Harvard University and a BA in biopsychology from Oberlin College. I'm a certified Integral Coach® through New Ventures West since 2007, and a licensed Immunity to Change™ facilitator. I'm lucky to have a network of phenomenal coaching colleagues and developmental specialists, which allows me to partner with the right people to find the right solutions for your needs.

I live outside Denver with my wonderful husband and our animals. When I'm not geeking out on developmental psychology, you can find me exploring the mountains.

 
 

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Thought Leadership

 

Axon Leadership brings you practical applications of psychology and neuroscience to the work world and beyond. Drawing on both ancient wisdom (i.e. mindfulness, inquiry), and cutting-edge science (i.e. brain imaging), we write about topics we hope will inspire and motivate you to recognize and reach for your greatest potential.

Articles include:

"Mindfulness Can Literally Change your Brain" (Harvard Business Review, with Drs. Britta Hölzel and Sara Lazar)

"Emotional Agility" (Harvard Business Review, with Dr. Susan David)

"The Goals Behind the Goals" (in Beyond Goals, with Drs. Robert Kegan and Susan David)

 

 
 
 

Testimonials

In Christina, I found a person who truly cares for the individuals she’s supporting by offering them a safe audience and great empathy. She gently leads you to discover your own solutions through simple practices. Her humility and accessibility to clients also sets her apart. I’m privileged to have known and learnt from Christina, cherishing every bit of our contact.
— Supply Chain Director, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
This program allowed me to search my inner self and build the tools to utilize in everyday situations to make a positive impact. Christina demonstrated efforts to challenge and support me in ways to go outside my comfort zone and still feel safe. I am amazed by her knowledge of so many different areas that can be applied to daily development. I now know I have the tools to do whatever I desire.
— Event Director, Fort Collins, CO, USA
I knew Christina during a uniquely difficult point of my life and career. Before we started working together I was skeptical about the value of coaching and the notion that anyone would be able to help me with what I was going through... I’m happy to say that my experience did not prove out my concern. Christina’s approach really does embody compassion in that she is a warm and inviting person who puts you at ease while challenging you to confront your realities in a way that doesn’t feel challenging. Our work together pointed to some core life challenges that needed addressing. So we developed some practices that I continue to work with and I’m a happier person for it.
— Software Design Team Leader, Cambridge, MA, USA
Like anything, in order for a coaching experience to be of any benefit, you have to engage it fully...The experience is as good as what you put into it. Christina understands this and is able to facilitate the process of opening up and act as a mirror so that you can see aspects of yourself from without as well as from within...and that’s just the beginning.
— Finance professional, Boston, MA, USA
Being a client of Christina’s was a profound experience. I was looking for quick and probably superficial changes in my life. Instead, I found someone who showed me my habitual patterns of thinking and behaving, listened deeply to my needs and offered a more profound understanding of myself and how I might grow, respecting this self.
— Artist, Brookline, MA, USA
Christina has a practiced ability to show people to themselves. I was experiencing severe change-of-life anxiety and an identity crisis. Christina took me out of my comfort zone without making me feel embarrassed, inadequate, or defective... I no longer talk to Christina about my development, but my plan is embedded in my everyday life and continues to help me grow and understand myself.
— student, Cambridge, MA, USA
I highly recommend Christina as a coach. Her caring, warm and radiant personality immediately put me at ease. I felt comfortable sharing very personal information which was at the heart of where I wanted to go professionally. I had had a career but now wanted something more meaningful in my next life phase. She helped me see I had something special to offer. Her efforts increased my confidence and ability to work toward my goals.
— Rochester, NY, USA
Christina was a wonderful coach for me. She had no trouble comprehending the complexity of my situation and goals, and would often respond with disarming simplicity. Her gentle and straightforward way of expressing her caring was very calming. She was consistently creative in her approach to the coaching program, and welcomed adjusting it as we went along in the spirit of an ongoing experiment. Amazingly, I accomplished all the goals I set forth in my initial session. Many thanks, Christina!
— Musician/computer programmer, Arlington, MA, USA
I now have hope, because I have accomplished something I set out to do... My learning and guidance from you has been this lovely gift given freely to me with no strings attached...I will treasure your gift for some time to come.
— Artist/architect, Bangor, ME, USA
 
 

"Insightful, inspiring and ultimately practical coaching are characteristics of my experience with Christina. I made real progress fast and found the coaching program she designed to be one that I could actually implement and which has moved me forward.

/  Jane Tuohy, Partner, Cambridge Hill Consulting Group, Cambridge, MA  /