Working with Leaders

How does Integral Coaching, a method that works at a deep developmental level, translate to working with leaders and corporations?

This is a common question and elusive territory for potential coaches.

To help illuminate the topic, Adam Klein spoke with Andrea Garfield, founder and CEO of the Awesome Institute, a company that offers executive leadership and team coaching inside organizations.

Andrea shares plenty of examples of how Integral Coaching can catalyze shifts and open possibilities for individual leaders and, as a result, entire companies.

Here are some of the topics covered in the Stepping In podcast episode What Works When Working With Leaders:

  • The universal challenges leaders have and their significant impact on organizations.
  • How coaching leaders has a profound influence on their organizations.
  • Teaching leaders to embrace new learnings and perspectives spreads these positive changes throughout their organizations.
  • Where methodology is combined with real-world experience practicality to ensure clients see the value in the coaching process.
  • Balancing pragmatism and Integral approach to support long-term developmental objectives.
  • Building trust so clients need to feel seen and heard, often for the first time in their lives, to build confidence in the coaching process.
  • How self-care, especially sleep, nutrition, and work-life balance, is important, challenging the culture of overwork and achievement at any cost.
  • How to focus on self-awareness rather than immediate behavioral change and looking at the underlying motivations helps clients make sustainable changes.


About Andrea Garfield
Andrea has been building businesses and teaching entrepreneurs her whole career. Before co-founding Awesome, she was President of ServiceRocket, where she helped rebuild an international team to build a culture that led to a doubling of revenue. Previously, she co-founded Startech Global, an international, full-service software development firm. She ultimately sold and exited.

Andrea taught and assisted hundreds of business owners with strategic growth planning each year in her work with UCLA Anderson’s Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program. She was previously the Global Committee Chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Accelerator Program, a volunteer for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and a board member for Project Echo.

Born into a family of teachers, Andrea brings a wealth of experience and love for learning to the Awesome Institute. She received her MBA in entrepreneurial studies from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and her BA from UC Santa Barbara.

About Adam Klein
Adam is dedicated to creating a more just, sustainable, creative, and loving world. Before joining New Ventures West, he helped create a first-in-class business solution to combat global slavery and relaunch a San Francisco Bay Area center for integral spiritual formation.

Adam has a Master’s degree in Engineering from Santa Clara University. Some time ago he entered the world of Ironman triathlons and ultra-running as a means to further understand the importance of the body and the deep, integral nature of being human.

Adam focuses on integrating NVW’s purpose and bringing it to fruition. He oversees strategy, tech, and the flow of various internal work streams, as well as supporting graduates and ensuring ICF compliance.

He regularly leads the Professional Coaching Course, hosts our orientation events in San Francisco, is the creator and host of the NVW podcast Stepping In, and has his own business coaching leaders and individuals.

About the Stepping In
Stepping In is a podcast of bold inquiry into life’s biggest challenges with one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished coaching schools, New Ventures West.

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, communities, and stewards of our planet.

In the Stepping In Podcast, we explore what it takes to develop the sensitivity and capacity required to live and thrive in an increasingly complex world.

About New Ventures West
From its humble beginnings to one of the top accredited coaching schools in the world, New Ventures West pioneered one of the deepest, most transformative forms of human development available for coaches, leaders, and anyone looking to bring people alive in possibility.

Further Exploration
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00:53 Integral Coaching multidisciplinary approach
02:52 Focusing on leader influence
04:46 Organizational change
06:30 Real-world application
07:58 Balancing long-and-short objectives
10:33 Building competencies
11:32 Transparency in coaching process
13:06 Overcoming client skepticism
15:07 Trust building
17:51 Establishing relationships
20:50 Importance of self-care
23:20 Challenging the work-harder mindset
26:26 Personal and professional alignment
27:20 Focus on self-awareness
30:45 Lasting change vs. temporary fixes
33:39 Role of coaches
34:51 Resilience and growth
36:34 Facing challenges
37:08 Humanity in leadership
37:41 Inspiration
39:34 Working through uncertainties
40:16 Checking emotions
41:20 Coaching frequency

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