No One Is An Island

In this episode of Stepping In, Adam Klein and Kristin Cobble discuss leadership development and address systemic issues within organizations along with how to fix them.

Kristin Cobble emphasizes the importance of understanding and improving broken systems, empowering leadership teams to tap into collective intelligence, and fostering courageous conversations, highlighting the interconnectedness of individual and systemic change and the potential for individuals at all levels to drive meaningful change within organizations.

Adam and Kristin underscore the value of emotional intelligence and encouraging conversation at all levels of an organization to create a positive impact from the individual to the community, extending on a global scale.

Here are some of the topics covered in the Stepping In podcast episode No One Is An Island:

  • How coaching can address pressing issues with individuals, communities, and globally.
  • Organizational development and the importance of creating fulfilling work environments.
  • How to drive change within organizations without jeopardizing positions.
  • Communication and courageous conversation create value, provide open dialogue, and opportunities for transformative insights exist.
  • How people at every level can effect transformative change with examples from organizations and industries.
  • The role of emotional intelligence and its effect on leadership, individuals, and organizational dynamics.
  • How to help organizations identify and align with their true purpose.


About Kristin Cobble
Kristin’s work has ranged from supporting C-level leaders, boards, leadership teams, and organizations to multi-stakeholder groups in heated conflict. In the last 15 years, she has focused on visionary, purpose-driven CEOs and their leadership teams. She loves helping people learn to create cultural and business results they did not previously imagine were possible.

Kristin founded Groupaya in 2010 after 20 years of working with luminaries in the fields of organizational learning and development, systems dynamics, scenario thinking, and leadership team effectiveness.

Despite experience in applying and developing a flood of frameworks and tools, the fundamental quality Kristin brings to clients is the capacity to BE with them, regardless of how challenging their situation appears to them.

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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00:00 Introduction and integral coaching and systems
01:15 Systems and personal experiences
03:35 Individual vs. system change
05:30 Working with leadership teams
06:55 Leadership for organizations
09:30 Organizational micromanagement challenges
12:30 Tapping into organizational emotional intelligence
14:25 Sparking courageous conversations
17:23 Organizational power dynamics
19:59 Example of a bottom-up change
23:48 Inspirational quotes

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