Edmond Lau

Leadership Coach and Co-Founder of Co Leadership

Edmond authored The Effective Engineer and co-founded Co Leadership to provide the most effective leadership training for engineers. His mission is to show people the dreams that are possible in all areas of our lives — if only we so choose to create them.  

He used to apply his engineering mindset toward building software. Now, he applies the same rigor and systems-oriented mindset toward a harder but even more important problem: teaching people how to build relationships, build trust, and build teams.  

He's run leadership workshops and seminars for thousands of people from top tech companies including Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Amazon, Airbnb, Slack, Stripe, Coinbase, Quip, Pinterest, and more. He brings over a decade of experience in Silicon Valley from Google, Quora, Quip, and Ooyala.


Rise Through Tension: How to Use Everyday Moments of Tension to Fuel Your Growth as a Leader

When we’re willing to feel everything, we can do anything. Learn powerful tools and frameworks to rise through crucial, tense moments.


Tension is uncomfortable, but it's actually a powerful tool indicating that there's something important to us at stake. How we handle tense moments therefore has a disproportionate impact on our work and on our lives.

Anytime that we feel tension, we’ve hit the edge of our comfort. In those moments, we have a choice. We can allow the discomfort of fear or anger or sadness to limit how we behave. Or we can choose to use those crucial moments as launching points to grow our capacity to respond as leaders.

Because here’s the key thing about the tension in those moments: When we’re willing and able to feel everything, we can do anything.

If we can face anything and trust that "I got this!", we build a grounded confidence and power that no one can take away.

We can give the hard but necessary feedback that completely changes a team’s trajectory. We can work through conflict and turn it into a solid foundation for trust and understanding. We can turn around an underperforming team and create the alignment we need to succeed.


This 3-hour online workshop is highly experiential and pragmatic. We’ll equip you with powerful tools and frameworks from embodied leadership, somatic coaching, and neuro-linguistic programming. You’ll leave feeling more empowered and resilient, with more choice and freedom in how you respond in those crucial moments.

We teach participants a simple but powerful framework and practice it on real-life scenarios, so that in moments of tension, we can:

  • Notice when we’ve entered a low-resourced state of tension.
  • Face the uncomfortable emotion behind the tension.
  • Consciously choose a different action from a more resourceful state.

Friday May 28 / 01:00PM EDT (3 hours)


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