It is with profound sadness, that we share that Phil has transitioned beyond his physical body and this life. Phil passed away peacefully, surrounded by love and filled with a strong faith and love for God. He left peacefully, full of gratitude for the life that allowed him to spend time with so many special souls. – He believed you ALL were special souls.
Phil lived every day of his life with intention. His days began at 4:30am by lighting a candle and meditating to create an intention to find the perfect words and relevant actions to serve each person he touched throughout his day. He was deliberate in making a positive impact on everyone he encountered. He met each person where they were, with loving acceptance, always looking to inspire and delight them.
Phil measured his life by the hearts he inspired. He led with his heart and accomplished much over his lifetime. Phil had a strong faith and was incredibly involved in his church. He was a professional musician, a captain who adventurously sailed the global seas, and he successfully completed running 17 marathons. Phil was a leader for Coaches Training Institute's core curriculum and Leadership and dedicated 2 years of his life, living in Japan to bring them Co-Active Coaching. He was a writer and the author of both Co-Active Coaching and Teams Unleashed.
Phil’s days were long but his passion for the Team Coaching message was tireless and it drove him forward every day. He knew how to go the distance. Whether it was the million plus miles he traveled bringing Team Coaching trainings to you, his availability for countless one-on-one meetings, or the heartfelt written words he produced, he was incredibly passionate in sharing the Team Coaching message. This work was his life, and he felt compelled to make it his legacy.
Phil’s very last Zoom meeting was an amazing and emotional celebration of him. Our partners in China thoughtfully created and captured Phil’s essence through a series of pictures, likening him and his legacy to a dandelion. The dandelion legacy is such an eloquent metaphor for Phil in the way he spread and planted Team Coaching seeds all around the world. Phil shared his whole heart wherever he went. It is heartwarming and comforting to picture the seeds of Phil’s Team Coaching still thriving and multiplying throughout the world. Phil smiled when he saw this video, YOU understood his mission and YOU continue as his legacy.
Many have memories of Phil, sitting at his desk in Zoom meetings and trainings. It is uncomfortably painful to experience that desk vacant of his human form, the headset he used to share his wisdom and love with so many, now laying silent in a drawer, void of his voice.
We are beyond heartbroken, and it hurts to breathe, but we will continue to keep Phil’s passion and legacy work alive and thriving, for him and for all of us who have been touched by him.
“LOVE and carry on, all will be well”- Phillip Sandahl
Alexis Phillips, Co-Founder
Team Coaching International
A Heartfelt Farewell from TCI's Chinese Partners
Phil, All Dressed Up & Ready to Go
But a Handful The Many Emails We've Received Regarding Phil
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We Invite You to Share
Whether you were a family member, a close friend, a student, or just getting acquainted with TCI, if you're here, there's a good chance that Phil had a positive impact on your life. To that end, we invite you to share your memories of Phil and things that you learned from him in the comments section below.