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CULTIVATING THOUGHTFUL
LEADERS FROM THE INSIDE OUT
5 most powerful steps in overcoming barriers both personally and professionally
CULTIVATING THOUGHTFUL
LEADERS FROM THE INSIDE OUT
5 most powerful steps in overcoming barriers both personally and professionally
We Work With Individuals, Executives And Ambitious Teams Who Demand Cutting Edge Strategies And Sureness About Results
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What We Do
Human beings learn best through an unwavering integration of the physical, emotional, and cognitive components of the body. Every aspect of growth and progress both personally and professionally comes out of paying attention to all three, all of the time.

From that perspective, Subtle Distinctions designs and delivers interactive felt sense experiences based on our BodiesCentric ™ approach to leadership, self master, and prolonged well-being.

This cutting-edge approach generates meticulous observations directly related to individual and organizational successes and challenges in ways that traditional “team-building” activities have not, and purely intellectual learning cannot.

These experiences unfailingly illuminate the path to intense clarity, renewed purpose and professional direction as well as optimal well-being, personally.
Do you or your organization consistently 
struggle with any of the following?
  • Unclear direction on strategy and values, which often leads to conflicting priorities.
  • ​Senior executives who don’t work as a team and haven’t committed to a new direction or acknowledged necessary changes in their own behavior.
  • ​A top-down or laissez-faire style by the leader, which prevents honest conversation about problems.
  • ​A lack of coordination across businesses, functions, or regions due to poor organizational design.
  • ​Inadequate leadership time and attention given to talent issues.
  • ​Employees’ fear of telling the senior team about obstacles to the organization’s effectiveness.
5 most powerful steps in overcoming barriers both personally and professionally
Our Approach
As a result of 40 years of executive coaching and in-the-trenches company building, we’ve built a verified process you will not find anywhere else.
  • We ground our assessments and philosophy in our BodiesCentric™ approach to leadership and self-mastery, giving rise to our ability to work with the individual and the group in a comprehensive, integrative, and functional way.
  • ​We incorporate the 6 primary pillars of wellness into everything we do in order to support your optimal vitality and wellbeing.
  • ​We provide powerful input data, which can then be used in designing professional development and coaching plans. Individuals also discover and acknowledge abundant personal growth opportunities.
  • ​We customize daily practices, create accountability measures, and set clear objectives to maintain and sustain improvements.
  • ​We focus at revealing the underpinnings of what is working and not working for a team in what has been considered “record time”.
  • ​We are direct with our language, yet considerate and compassionate in our delivery.
  • ​We create an environment that is rooted and delivered with psychological safety.
Here's What You Can Expect:
  • ​Grounded distinctions with power
  • ​Mutual trust, respect, radial honesty, and freedom of expression
  • ​Deeper understanding of self awareness + performance
  • ​Rewiring mind, body, & soul
  • ​Clarity on your "why" and strategies to bring about things you want more of in life
  • ​Develop new levels of mind states and body awareness and vitality
  • Aha’s and “I wish I new about this stuff earlier” moments.
  •  Practical tools to begin making who you are, and what your connected to better and healthier each day.
The Team
Matt D’Amour 
Matt is a visionary on a mission to improve the lives of others. As an entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in the personal growth and natural food industries, Matt’s passionate about supporting individuals and growing mission-based companies while creating more goodness in the world. 

Matt’s authority is in coaching others how to eat, move, and be happy, branding strategy, business growth, development and execution. Matt’s leadership has launched three successful social impact start-ups, including two national brands with over $6M in sales.

Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science and is certified as a holistic lifestyle coach through the CHEK institute. Matt’s “true” education has come from his 15 years of real world business experience, and has been the living example of his own philosophy and work for over 20 years.

Linwood 
Linwood is an expert executive coach and facilitator, with over thirty years of rich and varied experience in individual development, team and organizational change. 

Linwood is particularly masterful in delivering highly inter- active "experience-based" professional leadership team development programs and transformational one-on-one Executive Coaching. 

He facilitates “felt sense” team experiences, which are remarkably fun, extraordinarily engaging and cleverly disarming. Participants discover and deepen their capacities, competencies and connectedness to themselves and others.  

When he is not helping organizational leaders, he can be found working with young people to enhance programs at local United Way Agencies, The First Tee, Americorps or police department juvenile diversion programs

Matt D’Amour 
Matt is a visionary on a mission to improve the lives of others. As an entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in the personal growth and natural food industries, Matt’s passionate about supporting individuals and growing mission-based companies while creating more goodness in the world. 

Matt’s authority is in coaching others how to eat, move, and be happy, branding strategy, business growth, development and execution. Matt’s leadership has launched three successful social impact start-ups, including two national brands with over $6M in sales.

Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science and is certified as a holistic lifestyle coach through the CHEK institute. Matt’s “true” education has come from his 15 years of real world business experience, and has been the living example of his own philosophy and work for over 20 years.

Linwood 
Linwood is an expert executive coach and facilitator, with over thirty years of rich and varied experience in individual development, team and organizational change. 

Linwood is particularly masterful in delivering highly inter- active "experience-based" professional leadership team development programs and transformational one-on-one Executive Coaching. 

He facilitates “felt sense” team experiences, which are remarkably fun, extraordinarily engaging and cleverly disarming. Participants discover and deepen their capacities, competencies and connectedness to themselves and others.  

When he is not helping organizational leaders, he can be found working with young people to enhance programs at local United Way Agencies, The First Tee, Americorps or police department juvenile diversion programs

Testimonials
"I am the Claims Leadership Training Manager at Farmers Insurance. For approximately  eight years, we have experienced Linwood's professional work and his personal character, hiring him to deliver team building and assessment training to several thousand of our supervisors who serve hundreds of leadership teams! 

Here at Farmers, he has been a top performing vendor and has in every Claims  Leadership Development session provided us more than expected. He is a wonderful  professional, a rare find and a great man!"
William "Hougie" Houglum, MBA, GCA, DGT
Claims Leadership Training & Development Manager
University of Farmers  - Claims
“Subtle Distinctions brings energy, creativity, and inspiration to those they work with.  Their experience in motivating and leading others ensures that their undertakings will be successful, no matter what the challenges might be. I would recommend them highly for a wide range of work assignments -- all the way from running the organization down to  the position of getting things done. They are capable of doing it all.”
Jim Klauder
Vice President at  Foundation for 
Teaching Economics
I have been a friend and colleague of Mr. Linwood Paul for 19 years. I have learned  many things from him and taught him a few things as well. As far as the art and science of experience based learning, getting people to speak up about what is not working, and live into what is working, Linwood is the best of the best! 

I have observed and assisted him in delivering the most potent programs I have ever seen,  ranging from court ordered youth diversion programs to Fortune 100 executive development and assessment programs. In my current training responsibilities, when I know that I need masterful presence, I am delighted to have Linwood on my team!!
Heather Hafner
Senior Training Specialist
Team  Builders Plus
“I’ve been fortunate to work with Matt for the last year as it relates to a business that I  started 8 years ago. His experience in business and leadership gave me tangible tools and strategies to execute on whatever I decided. Every time I left a meeting with Matt, I left feeling more empowered, capable, and motivated to get to work. He’s guided me through some potentially life-changing decisions and I couldn’t be more grateful for having the opportunity to call him a mentor and a friend”.
Josh
Crossfit Gym Owner
 Training Sessions Are:
Fearless without being rude or impertinent
Courageous while not cavalier or presumptuous
Daring with no hint of imprudence or recklessness
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