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Episodes tagged Adult Development

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Dave Snowden

Episode 142

The Problem with Developmental Models

Lately various voices have been raised in critique of adult development models, and the way coaches implement them in their work with clients. In this conversation with management consultant and researcher Dave Snowden we explore some of the fundamental issues with models of adult development, how more fluid stories of self can be more constructive in facilitating change and Dave’s complexity science-based approach to coaching. [Read more...]

Spring Cheng

Episode 135

The Descending Path

In many developmental movements there is a strong emphasis on so-called “ascendent” practices, which can lead to issues in the maturation process of the individual. In this conversation with Spring Cheng and Tom Murray we explore the descending path and how it relates to the ascending path in development, the role of grief, learning and unlearning, how one direction influences the other and encountering and deconstructing complexity. [Read more...]
Kim Barta

Kim Barta

Episode 132

The Evolution of Shadow Resolution

As coaches, our primary commitment is to serve our clients. This means fostering a high level of self-awareness around any preferences or projections we may expose our clients to. In this second conversation with psychotherapist Kim Barta we explore the different types of therapeutic modalities and how to match them to the client, understanding the shadow, the stages of shadow resolution, relationship-oriented coaching, recognising mental calcifications in ourselves and depth coaching. [Read more...]
Kim Barta

Kim Barta

Episode 130

Types of Shadow and How to Work With Them

The word “shadow” is liberally used nowadays but do we really understand what we mean by it? In this conversation with psychotherapist Kim Barta we explore what shadow is and what it is not, the evolution from 1st person to 6th person perspectives, the three key forms of shadow and how to address them, content versus process shadow and matching the release technique to the shadow type. [Read more...]
Carolyn Coughlin

Carolyn Coughlin

Episode 129

From Complexity Fitness to Complexity Genius

In these times of rapid and chaotic change, how can we help leaders understand, embrace and even flourish in complexity? In this conversation with executive coach Carolyn Coughlin we explore how we respond to complexity, what “complexity fitness” is, how adult development relates to complexity, arriving in context and fostering fluidity, testing patterns and moving towards “complexity genius”. [Read more...]

Alexander Love

Episode 126

Working With Later Stages of Adult Development

As we develop into higher stages of adult development the need for us as coaches to understand where we ourselves are developmentally and how to best support our clients through the shift from one stage to another becomes an ever more nuanced endeavor. In this conversation with teacher and coach Alexander Love we explore working with the evolutionary impulse in coaching, the ascending and descending streams of growth, the journey through developmental levels, and working with late Subtle and early MetAware clients. [Read more...]

Thomas McConkie

Episode 107

Integral Polarity Practice

In a time that is rife with divisiveness in the exterior, how do we consciously integrate polarities within ourselves? In this conversation with mindfulness teacher Thomas McConkie we dive into the foundations of Integral Polarity Practice, its origins and applications, ascending versus descending streams, the value of voice dialogue, the deeper workings of polarity and the pitfalls of the construct-aware stage. [Read more...]

Darren Gold

Episode 105

Meaning-making, Leadership & Identity Construction

The way we ascribe meaning informs every aspect of our lived experience; it may be the single most impactful place to look when we want to create change. In this conversation with executive leadership coach Darren Gold we explore the impact of meaning-making on leadership behaviour, locating leadership blockages, how adult development impacts meaning-making and wiring beliefs into the body. [Read more...]

Tomas Björkman

Episode 102

Navigating the Cultural Shift & Fostering a Developmental Society

We are facing the shifting of an age. Humanity can and must radically transform - what individual and collective actions are constructive to facilitate this process? In this conversation with entrepreneur Tomas Björkman we take a meta view of the current times of social and political upheaval and explore lessons from deep history to deep psychology, considerations in transforming complex systems, the fragility and transformation of social constructs and the individual shifts we can make. [Read more...]

Rob McNamara

Episode 74

Re-Imagining Adult Development in a Time Between worlds

How do we re-imagine what we are as a species so that we become a life-fostering collective? And how can we foster change in the face of the developmental challenges we face? In this conversation with leadership coach Rob McNamara we discuss our relationship with complexity, the devolution of adult development and some original ways to create significant shifts in consciousness. [Read more...]

Alan Watkins

Episode 73

Fostering Growth-oriented Organisational Cultures

Our global reality is that organizations will decide whether or not humanity can shift enough to avoid planetary disaster, more so than politicians. In this conversation with organizational consultant Dr Alan Watkins, we explore how to educate leaders about the developmental gradient, how to help them and their organizational values move up the levels, and the leading edge of our collective evolution. [Read more...]
Thomas Hübl

Thomas Hübl

Episode 72

Healing Collective Trauma

Trauma is the water we are swimming in. Like fish, we are largely unaware of the hidden effects of ancestral and collective trauma on our personal lives, careers and cultural and political realities. In this conversation with spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl we discuss what trauma is, how to address it from a collective trauma-aware perspective, and the shifts necessary within organisations to foster coherence and innovation. [Read more...]

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Joel Monk

I’m a coach, trainer and entrepreneur.

Recently I saw on a deeper level how all the things in my life orient around cultivating a sense of ‘aliveness’. By this I mean – what is it to be awake and fully expressed in this moment? How can I metabolize the conditioning that binds me so that I can wake up into deeper expressions of authentic, embodied human presence?

I’m deeply committed to awakening the leader that lives in all of us. We’re all being invited to align with what wants to live through us and from here we can truly serve the world with our work.