Integral Development Coaching
Integral Development Coaching is an ongoing, evolving methodology intended to be a comprehensive response to what it means to be a human being in today’s complex world. Integral Development Coaches reach deeply into history and philosophy, gathering wisdom from East and West, while simultaneously staying current with the frontiers of new discovery in cognitive science, genetics, psychology, and other disciplines.
What makes this work ‘integral’?
We call our work integral because we strive to include everything about the client and the client’s world in our coaching. This contains what the client is aware of already but also what is not yet known or visible—what could be brought about and made possible through focused, skillful methods in the coaching relationship and process.
The method attends to the uniqueness and individuality of the person as well as the social context in which he or she is always living. Our individuality includes our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and intentions as well as everything that is happening to us physiologically. Our social context includes the language(s) we speak, the culturally specific practices we engage in, the relationships we are a part of and the history of the groups we belong to. Additionally, we are always in a shared physical environment that includes nature and human artifacts, and our background sense of possibility and our mood are shaped by the physical space we’re in. We take into account this rich and varied tapestry to shape and design coaching programs that are unique, powerful and practical for each person.
What do we mean by ‘coaching’?
In the most straightforward terms, coaching means building someone’s competence to engage more fully and skillfully with their particular life situation or challenge. Practically speaking, successful coaching leaves people with the following outcomes:
1. Long-term, sustainable excellence
2. The ability to self-correct
3. Competence in being self-generating
In action, this means coaches understand their clients with great depth and scope, converse with them in a way that opens up insights and possibilities, and offer a path forward that includes activities custom-designed for them.