Integral Coaching Methodology

The Integral Coaching methodology draws from eight foundations of theory and research: Integral Theory, Small Group Theory, Pragmatism, Ontology, Linguistics, Biology, Dialogue, and Systems Thinking. The key focus of such know-how is to support leaders in all aspects of their person applying an internal inside-out approach; the place from which behavioral and leadership growth emerges as one interacts with and reflects on experience with others and in life circumstances.

The coaching method supports individuals in obtaining specific behavioral goals and in meeting professional hurdles, while focusing efforts on supporting individuals to grow capacity and competence. Being distinct from behavior change, competence and capacity arise from human intelligences. They are applied in any given situation and results in observable action. Competencies helps achieve goals and supports continued growth long after behavioral leadership targets have been reached. While capacity refers to the ability to engage deeper and deeper with life and the challenges that it brings both personally and professionally.

The objective of Integral Coaching is to help individuals become self-correcting and self-generating as they dedicate themselves to a personal and professional life of growth and leadership development. In this respect you become self-correcting by consistently reflecting on your actions and the results you are generating that contribute to a life of meaning, fulfillment and productivity.

In this way you develop the capacities to observe gaps in what you intend and outcomes you produce and then take appropriate corrective action long after the coaching relationship has ended. When you become self-generating, you establish the abilities to renew yourself with an ongoing dedication to continuous improvement that will carry you forward throughout your professional and personal life.

How does Integral Coaching work?

Human behavior stems from complex interactions of internal human intelligences. These intelligences comprise the different ways you make sense of the world around you, interact and inter-relate with others, and feel about things, that when seen as a whole inform you to take decisions. These ways of being in the world, what is referred together as “structure of interpretation” (SOI) often goes un-examined, operating below the surface as conditioned responses to life challenges.

Integral Coaching works by supporting clients to examine their structure of interpretation—how they make meaning from experience and by focusing on growing your capabilities across these six specific human intelligences to build the adaptive muscle to respond more effectively:

  1. Cognitive, has to do with the ability to know and be able to retain information, form extrapolations from knowledge and be intellectually interested and competent in a particular functional area;
  2. Emotional, refers to the ability to know through feeling, be aware of emotions when they arise, discern them and make use of feeling in conducting our lives that supports cognition and relatedness. To what degree do you ignore or suppress emotions or simply impulsively act them out rather than take productive action as a sole contributor, team-member or group leader? How perceptive and sensitive are you to the emotions of others around you and emotionally skilled to guide your responses?
  3. Relational/Affective, is the ability to engage with others, foster and maintain productive, authentic relationships. Includes being able to use social cues, have constructive conversation and deliberation, arrive a mutual understanding, resolve conflicts, advocate for personal needs, collaborate with others and be understood as well as demonstrate understanding of others. How you initiate, maintain and end relationships forms part of relational line of development.
  4. Somatic, is the capability to feel into the body and notice information that arises from sensations, be able to put language around that knowledge and take decisions from you body sensations. Use you body for recuperation, grounding and productive action.
  5. Systemic Thinking, refers to the ability to see interconnections others miss which contains a higher level of clarity, understanding and perspective. Gives you actionable insights into how human systems operate and allows for successfully working horizontally and vertically across an organization.
  6. Integrating, points to how these intelligences translate into observable behavioral competencies in the areas of self-mastery, people/group leadership and business/work.

Understanding intelligences, in combination with specific behavioral competencies goals guides the coaching program so that new structures of interpretation can be formed and thereby new behaviors practiced and learned.