James Flaherty

James Flaherty, MCC, is the founder of New Ventures West, co-founder of Integral Leadership LLC, and the author of Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, which is widely recognized as a foundational text in the field of coach education and is used internationally in universities and coach training institutions.

James developed New Ventures West’s approach to coaching by integrating recent discoveries in linguistics, developmental psychology, twentieth-century philosophy, and biology into the practical and customized methodology known as Integral Coaching®.

He designed the Professional Coaching Course and dozens of other programs, and over the past two decades he has led coaching and leadership courses involving thousands of people throughout North America, South Africa, Asia and Europe. He has coached top executives at many Fortune 500 companies and is a highly sought speaker at meetings and conferences.

James was educated at the University of California in psychology and literature. He is currently writing a second book entitled Integral Coaching

He lives in San Francisco with his wife and has a daughter he adores. In addition to being a voracious reader, he practices yoga and qigong. He owns a large collection of CDs, mostly in the classic, rock, and jazz genres. He is a Zen student, studying with Norman Fischer of Everyday Zen.

Learn more about James

  • Visit Integral Engagements to read his latest writing, see what programs he’s leading, or contact him about coaching.
  • Read the archives of the Distinctions newsletter, with articles, practices and book reviews written by James.
  • Watch James’s talk, “Coaching and the Central Work of our Lives” from the 2014 Wisdom 2.0 conference
  • Listen to a recent conversation about Buddhism and the Enneagram
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