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James Flaherty
San Francisco, CA
Founder of New Ventures West, an Integral Coach training school headquartered in San Francisco
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It is a wonderful experience when, as a coach, I can inspire a client or a student with an idea, a reframing of thought, or a practice that has them engage in the world more freely. This inspiration happens by way of some alchemy arising from the special relationship that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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As Integral Coaching continues to evolve, new aspects of of the methodology make their way into our teaching and, of course, our coaching. In the next few posts, James reflects on some what has emerged of late and how it can be applied in our work. One new concept with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Folks in the Chicago area are warmly invited to take advantage of a free half-day of Integral Coaching® on August 26 or 27. Spend a morning or afternoon being coached on a topic of your choice by an experienced student at the end of the year-long Professional Coaching Course. Come... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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What is the question that you are living in? As coaches, part of our work is to sense the client’s current narrative and craft questions and practices that will raise the curtain on what is emerging. Questions are compelling mirrors when framed towards self-realization and reflection. What questions can we ask ourselves--and our clients--that will illuminate the blind spots in our lives? Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Life has a way of moving ever forward, doing its own thing, whether or not you impress yourself upon it. Yes, we can choose to shape things with our influence, but the flow of life doesn’t depend on any one person. There’s a fine line between meeting another’s needs and being consumed by them. How equipped are we to handle anyone else’s anything if we spend every last bit of our own energy trying to handle everyone else’s everything? Especially if there’s a possibility—however vague—that it will actually handle itself? Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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I am so fortunate to partner with [corporate] clients who inspire me with their courage, vision, and wit. And I have noticed that many of these leaders, despite the fact that they have achieved great success, suffer from delusions of smallness. They fail to notice the positive impact they have on others and suffer from doubt, guilt, and loneliness. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Our lives are often guided by questions like, "how's it going?", "How am I doing?", and "am I getting what I want?" These questions run in the background, outside of our awareness, and end up driving most of our action. How can we bring them to the fore and put our attention on what we are truly committed to? Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Every action we take makes a difference, has consequences. Yet, most of us are not aware of what we are acting from. Our development depends on our ability to detect these sources and intentionally direct our actions. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Everywhere one looks the world is calling for clarity, compassion, and commitment to the greater good. You have an irreplaceable contribution to make. James Flaherty talks about ways to discover our unique expression and live it more fully. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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At the New Ventures West UnConference last week in San Francisco, we came together as a worldwide community for the first time. Being in each other’s presence connected us to who we really are as a community and let us hear our true calling in a deep, resonant, unifying voice. James Flaherty gives voice to the broader mandate and true destiny for our work. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at Integral Coaching Blog
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How do you construct your life so as not to have to feel the profound ache of loneliness? And what is loneliness anyway? In the fall issue of Distinctions, James Flaherty's lead article takes on this topic and invites us into a different way of viewing it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Recently, this summer, I spoke to someone very close to me and pointed out something that was difficult to say and difficult for the other person to hear. Sounds like an everyday kind of event, doesn't it? What was important for me, though, was that I was not speaking from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Using a question posed by Carl Jung, James introduces a new way to get to the core of a client's worldview. How might it fit into your coaching? Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Why does change take so long? Part of the reason is that as we set resolutions, we can’t help but bring the conditioning of speed and efficiency that we’ve learned elsewhere in our culture, particularly at work. We are not conditioned to let things take time to unfold, because typically we are punished for not being fast. We are told more is required, sooner. All of which is to say, change takes “a long time” because our yardstick for “a long time” is pretty short. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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The United States has the worst child abuse among industrialized nations. This is a dark and disorienting revelation of how we are living. We are clearly focusing on the wrong things: winning sports or winning elections rather than taking care of those people who are fully dependent upon us. What can we do? How can we be so that this ends? Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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An interview with faculty member Justin Wise ahead of the return of the Professional Coaching Course to London in November. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Senior faculty member Sarita Chawla discusses the personal reasons why it is so meaningful for her share the Integral Coaching movement with our friends in Asia. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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The root of all violence, including that which we direct at ourselves, is our making people into things. Wars, rape, torture, beatings of all sorts, abuse in its multiple forms all begin when we take away humanity and replace it with thingness. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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It might seem strange given my profession—being an executive and life coach and running a coaching school—that I don’t believe in success as a worthy or useful pursuit. To tell the truth, I don’t believe in it at all. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Have the large problems facing us as humans gotten so large, complex and irreversible in their momentum that it is too late for us to reverse them or even really understand them? Can we in the West do more than “our part,” and instead find a way to act in concerted, collective, effective action? Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Norman Fischer's writing has been woven through much of our work New Ventures West. "Questions," the poem selected by James for the spring issue of "Distinctions," (now available for download) takes us on an odyssey of inquiry through all that about which the poet wonders. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Positive Psychology is an area of growing interest and relevance in Integral Coaching. Martin Seligman, the field's founder and most famous proponent, recently wrote "Flourish: Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being." James reviews the work in this quarter's newsletter. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Empathy is a huge part of what makes a great healer – one who literally feels his or her clients. When we are being empathetic, we are taking in another’s emotions and experiencing them as our own, providing a mirror for the other person so that they feel understood. Interestingly, though, it is easy for this to be taken to an extreme. When our empathy is on overdrive, it can be subtly detrimental to both us and our clients. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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Some things that we thought were pretty solid are shifting quickly and dramatically. Sometimes it takes speed and shocking events for us to remember that nothing is settled, that everything is moving all the time. Is something larger shifting in the world overall? Are new patterns of force and organization coming about? For me it feels that way. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog
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I know and deeply appreciate that social entrepreneurs are “people of action” - focused (and rightly so!) on making things happen, generating scalable and sustainable solutions to pressing problems. However, the conversations that I have with my social entrepreneur clients aims to support them in clarifying what it is they are dedicated to accomplishing - not necessarily the specific measurable concrete outcomes. In conversations like these, it's important for the person me to have a sense of resonance with the client, so that they know they are feeling "felt" emotionally. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Integral Coaching Blog