The method + matter approach
method + matter works with unconventional leaders to bring forth new worlds of possibility, effectiveness, and impact. Whatever has you stuck, whatever prevents you from realizing your vision and leading in the way you know is possible, our work together will dig deep to loosen the grip of old belief systems and unlock your authentic leadership style so that you, your team, and your company can flourish.
Built on a foundation of Integral Coaching, method + matter works with an individual's entire world as material for developing self-generating, self-sustaining practices that will be relevant through the arc of their career and life. Integral Coaching is not coaching for compliance, or coaching for accountability. It is deeply humanistic work that opens up insights and possibilities for new paths forward.
Coaching is a co-creative process, but structurally a typical program includes:
- A 90 - 120 minute intake session where I work to understand where you are at, what is coming up for you, and what your understanding of your current situation is
- 12 individual coaching sessions over the course of 6 months
- A personalized coaching program designed with developmental outcomes for your context and goals
- Tailored practices to support new ways of leading, working, and showing up in the world
- Resources for continued learning and development
- Follow-up notes, program updates, and action items from each session
- Email and text support in between sessions (I'm here for you!)
While it is understood that we are all busy with careers, family, friends, hobbies, and life as it generally unfolds, this type of work does require committment and time set aside each day to engage in practices, reflections, and exercises to facilitate the work of transformation and change. Depending on the person, this can be anywhere from 15 minutes a day to an hour or more. Don't panic! We can work with what you have going on to find a suitable program that works for you.
1. Transformation takes place at biological time
There's no way around it - deep, lasting change takes time. This is true for individuals, for teams, and for organizations.
2. Lead with humble inquiry
The simple act of asking questions releases us from the pressure of needing to have all the answers. The work of coaching, of reflection, of designing, is built upon the questions that we ask.
3. Strengths are the doorways to possibility
Our culture tends to focus on weaknesses and tries to fix them. When we shift to strengths we open the door to possibilities and make an orthogonal leap to an entirely different problem space rife with potential.
4. Serious play moves mountains
When we play games we adopt what Bernard Suits calls the lusory attitude - we accept the arbitrary rules of a game to facilitate the experience of play. Work life is nothing if not a series of arbitrary rules; the lusory attitiude allows us to step outside the system and create space for creativity and innovation.
5. Unique leadership breaks archetypes
In the tech world we're surrounded by a very specific archetype of what leadership looks like. But there are other ways to lead, ways that are authentic to who we are as individuals and when we embody that truth we become the leaders we are meant to be.
6. Use work to do the work
Poet David Whyte talks about the chasm - the split between what is nourishing at work and what is agonizing. When we learn to accept the chasm we connect more deeply with ourselves and through this connection transform our experience of work.
Interested? Let's chat.
A 50 minute call will give us a chance to see if we're a good coaching fit. I'll be able to understand what is coming up for you and what brings you to coaching, and you'll have a chance to learn more about what to expect, my approach, and ask as many questions as you might have.