Integral Coaching®

Mike’s Coaching Practice
I am a certified New Ventures West Integral Coach®, or in more common terms, a Professional Life Coach.   This blog post (Hit over the head by a 2×4) provides the backdrop to how I entered the coaching arena.  I specialize in work/life integration issues, and also enjoy 1:1 coaching to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people.

Who is New Ventures West?
Founded in 1987, New Ventures West offers training programs in Integral Coaching, customized coach training for organizations, executive coaching, advanced courses for experienced coaches, and a referral network to certified Integral Coaches. New Ventures West is ICF accredited (approved by the International Coach Federation), and is recognized in the coaching industry for the quality and depth of its certification process.

What is Integral Coaching?
Integral Coaching is a coaching methodology developed by James Flaherty, the founder of New Ventures West, and the author of Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, which is recognized as a seminal text in the field of coach education. Integral Coaching is what arrives when two people develop a professional relationship that is grounded in mutual trust and respect, directed toward a set of clear outcomes, and informed by broad models about what it means to be a human being.

Mike’s Coaching Practice
When I first meet with my clients I have a pyramid I like to review with them (below) to help explain the Integral Coaching methodology. The focus is not as much about being more effective or accomplished in the world (the “what” and the “how” of life), although that often will come about.  The intent is to assess the individual and design a program which provides freedom in their being; in “who” they are in the world. This is what we call “developing the individual”. This process is very unique to each person I coach, and typically takes a minimum of 3-6 months (meeting every two weeks) to get deeply connected to the integral process I follow. The outcome of this process is that the client can achieve long-term excellence with an ability to self-correct along the way to stay on track for who they want be in life.

I initiate the coaching process with a [free] 45-minute orientation meeting, to make sure there is a mutual fit, and to review the terms of the contract.  I then start with a 90-minute intake conversation to begin discovering and embracing who the client is as a human being. In the next meeting or two, I will propose a coaching plan and invite the client to move forward in this development process. This plan will involve practices and/or exercises to help the client in self-discovery and self-awareness; to be able to see how they are interacting in the world and to help them discover who they really are inside (heart, body, and head).  Helping my clients to discover who they are and why they are here is my favorite part of the journey we take together!

Why a Christian perspective on achieving work/life integration?
If you’ve read my blog, you might be wondering…  While my passion for helping people in the work/life integration struggle in Silicon Valley has led me to the coaching profession (Hit over the head by a 2×4), I do look at the world through the eyes of a Christian who believes the Bible is the true word of God. However, my clients do not need to hold Christian beliefs to receive value from my coaching. It is simply the lens through which I view the world.

I do not coach only in the realm of work/life integration issues, it just happens to be a passion of mine that I frequently blog about.

Fees for Coaching Services
Please Contact Mike for coaching to receive a pricing proposal.