This podcast is a bold inquiry into life’s biggest challenges with one of the oldest and most distinguished coaching schools in the world. In a spirit of curiosity, compassion, and honesty, we delve into how Integral Coaching can address some of the most pressing issues we face as individuals, as communities, and as stewards of our planet. We’ll explore what it takes to develop the sensitivity and capacity required to live and thrive in an increasingly complex world.
Episode 19: Designing Your Life
In this episode Adam talks with Bill Burnett, Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and co-author of the #1 New York Times best-selling book Designing Your Life.
Bill helps us see how applying design concepts to decisions, our life becomes one of emergent reality, oriented more to possibilities than limitations. When it comes to success and fulfillment, things like passion and ambition are far less effective than emotional intelligence, resilience, and willingness to experiment. Bill outlines practical ways to begin to embody these qualities, shift our perception, and live in way that allows for more possibility.
Episode 18: Parenting as an Integral Coach
The presence we are continually developing as Integral Coaches allows us to be with clients—and to parent children—in a way that has them feel safe, seen, and capable. Addressing the issue beneath the behavior, being curious and receptive, and working to mitigate our own reactivity are all competencies that are essential for relating both as a coach and a parent.
Coach and educator Catherine Bronnert DeSchepper joins Adam to talk about the myriad ways we can—and perhaps already do—integrate these two roles, and how powerful the effects can be.
Resources from this episode:
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks
Revolutionary System Changes with the Enneagram
At this year’s Enneagram Global Summit, James Flaherty spoke with host Jessica Dibb about the inextricability of humans and systems. They delve into how each Enneatype can develop their engagement with systems to revolutionize them at every level, from personal to organizational to global.
This is James’s third appearance at this annual event and, as Jessica points out at the beginning of this recording, their conversations grow more profound each year! We hope you enjoy listening.
Episode 17: How Embodiment Frees Us
Anne Egseth is an Integral Coach and trained actor who regularly leads the somatic day of the Professional Coaching Course. In this engaging conversation with Adam she speaks to what can open for us and our clients when we begin to be present in our bodies. They also discuss myths around embodiment and common ways of accessing greater somatic intelligence.
Book: Bodyfulness, Christine Caldwell
Video: Being Embodied Beings, John Prendergast
Episode 16: The Real Power of Empathy
How is empathy distinct from compassion? What is self-empathy, and why is it important? How can we develop ourselves into compassionate witnesses for our clients’ experiences? In this episode Adam is joined by Whitney Hess, an Integral Coach dedicated to putting humanity back into business. Join them to delve into the important—and sometimes debated—topic of empathy.
Resources from this episode:
The Language of Emotions, Karla McLaren
How Emotions are Made, Lisa Feldman Barrett
The Center for Nonviolent Communication
Episode 15: Supporting Clients in Grief
Grief can blindside and disorient the people directly affected—and those who wish to support them. In this episode Adam speaks with Richard Levi, who facilitates grief support groups and coaches individual clients in grief. He offers some ways we can ready ourselves to join our clients in the abruptly new world that grief often creates.
It’s OK that You’re not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand, by Megan Devine