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By John LaMunyon | August 24, 2019

At some point almost all of us forget who we are and lose the way forward. This is particularly true in the many transitions of rapid change. Headwaters coaches bring a wealth of experience in helping professionals through human and corporate transitions as they remember who they are, reclaim their aptitudes, talents, and gifts, while stepping into the future with greater purpose, passion, and performance. Along the way we’ve gathered and mastered a number of tools for this work, including the Associate Certified Coach Certificate from the International Coaching Federation.  The most important tools we bring to the journey together are the ability and empathy to listen to your life at a level many others just can’t reach while helping you hear and reclaim your own voice. There are two sides to this work. One side is individual, one-on-one coaching. The other is working with groups on a variety of issues.  Here are a few: *Developing an empathetic culture where people matter; *Developing a coaching culture where curiosity and regard for other team members makes for workplaces that bring life, meaning, energy, and vitality to those who work there; *How to use conflict to move your mission forward; *And, how to listen deeply to what others are saying and say what you mean.  Many believe the communications process starts with talking. However, the most effective communicators begin with listening. What will happen to your effectiveness as a communicator when you truly hear others and then respond to what they’re saying?…

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HEADWATERS COACHING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

By John LaMunyon | August 24, 2019

New to Leadership?    Ready for a Leadership Reset? Are you seeking to further develop and deepen your leadership skills?  Join us this fall for Headwaters Leadership Development.  Space is limited.  We’re accepting applications now! Headwaters Leadership Development is for any individual or team who wants to develop or deepen their identity as an empathetic leader. Beginning in October we will start a variety of trainings, including: An eight-month-long deep dive into the fundamental questions, “WHY am I a leader,” and, “WHO am I leading?” Completion of the training will lead to a certificate in Leadership Development. Monthly sessions focused on individual themes. The eight-month-long certificate training includes weekly two-hour classroom sessions with lots of coaching individually and in peer groups.  Along the way we’ll take a deep dive into the executive functions (Organizational and Regulatory) of the brain as they relate to  leadership: Organizational  includes how we deal with the incredible amount of data in our lives which just keeps coming at us through email, visual images, relationships, the internet, etc., with each new piece of information demanding our attention, planning, sequencing, problem-solving, working memory, cognitive flexibility, abstract thinking, rule acquisition, etc.  Regulatory  refers to how we live in the world, including when we do or don’t take action, self-control, regulating our emotions,  both consciously and unconsciously stimulus inside and outside us, while then both initiating and inhibiting behavior specific to each context, coupled with moral reasoning and decision-making.” 1  WHEW!  For instance, seeing a wonderful dessert in front of…

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Leadership Development “Seek First to Understand Series” Begins October 16

By John LaMunyon | August 24, 2019

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND SERIES Are you seeking to further develop and deepen your leadership skills?  Join us this fall for monthly Headwaters Leadership Development thematic trainings.  Space is limited.  We’re accepting applications now! Headwaters Leadership Development is for any individual or team who wants to develop or deepen their identity as an empathetic leader. Beginning in October we will start monthly trainings, including: OCTOBER 16          Seek First to Understand:  Closing the Communication Gap No matter how hard we work at communicating with others, eventually things break down. The break might be over values, vision, cultural differences, fear of talking through tough issues, and so many other reasons.  Bring your bravest self as we explore how to close the gaps. NOVEMBER 20       Seek First to Understand:    Please Listen…Please All too often leaders believe the key to good communications is figuring out the perfect way to get their point across.  What if the first step of the process is listening? Bring your best powers of curiosity as we practice deeply listening to others. DECEMBER 11        Seek First to Understand:  How to Mean What You Say Consider the best speakers you’ve experienced.  Was their art a matter of what they said, or, how what they said reflected who they are at their core? Imagine mastering the ability to engage others as you speak with empathy, compassion, and understanding, reflecting the alignment of your core values, beliefs and vision, all while listening carefully as you’re giving voice to your carefully…

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2020 Leadership Trek June 26-29

By John LaMunyon | August 24, 2019

Leadership Trek involves guiding a group of eight adult participants into the wilderness of northern Ross Lake, located at the northern edge of the North Cascades National Park.    While traveling together June 26th through 29th  we’ll take a deep dive into questions such as,          “What does it mean to be a leader?”          “What is servant leadership?”          “Who am I becoming?”           “How can I be a more effective leader?” Each day you’ll wake up to breakfast served by the professional guides of Seattle Adventure Sports, have a brief team meeting to consider the question for the day, load the canoes and head off on a new adventure.  Following each day’s dinner, we’ll meet as a group to consider whatever questions you’ve brought to our wilderness trek. CANOES?  What if you’ve never paddled a canoe before?  We’ll teach you.  Each day’s journey will be just long enough to help you sleep better that night and to see new waterfalls, glacier-topped mountains and more.  Along the way, you’ll have access to broad-based group and individual coaching from Headwaters Executive Director John LaMunyon, who has over thirty years experience in training and coaching leaders, beginning with the U.S. Army and continuing through his work with Headwaters Coaching today. For the entrepreneurial spirits, you’ll also have access to Seattle Adventure Sports owner Don Cheyette.  SAS is the fastest growing outdoor adventure company in the Seattle area, and Don will be our chief guide, ready to answer whatever…

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It was a beautiful week!

By John LaMunyon | February 2, 2019

Beautiful place-Tall Timber Ranch and Retreat Center, above Lake Wenatchee Beautiful people-Executive Staff of Lutherhaven Ministries, Inc. I love this job!

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There’s an Exciting Year Ahead

By John LaMunyon | January 26, 2019

Moving into the Spring and Summer we’re slowly ramping up coaching, group facilitation, videocasts, podcasts, and more. Thank you for your support as we move forward. Here’s a little peek at what’s coming up: Coaching, whether for individuals or groups, is always available by appointment.  If you’re interested in learning more about coaching and how it can help you step through new doors in your life, email  john@headwaterscoaching.com, or, call 425-922-0241, or use the “Contact Us” box on this website.  You talk, I’ll listen. Leadership Training, including retreat and meeting facilitation, is available as well.  Mid-summer we’ll be launching a four day, Leadership in the Wilderness trip in partnership with Seattle Adventure Sports. https://www.seattleadventuresports.com/  The trip is set up for college grads or those who are new to leadership in their industry to get specific about what it means and what it takes to be a leader. The first cohort of Headwaters Leadership will launch mid-September.   Up to eight people will meet weekly to dig deep into how to be an effective leader in today’s rapidly changing workplace. Through the program they’ll get to interview  highly respected leaders from a variety of national and international businesses.  There will be two, four month modules.  Registration begins May 1st.  For more information on the program and registration, either call 425-922-0241, or, email  john@headwaterscoaching.com. Transitions is the title of a monthly videocast that will be published early each month, beginning in February.  For more information, click here:  https://headwaterscoaching.com/transitions/ Continuing the Transitions theme, we’ll be offering a monthly mid-month brief podcast addressing…

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Transitions

By John LaMunyon | January 26, 2019

TRANSITIONS is the focus and title of the first series of video casts from Headwaters Coaching.  The series will focus on leaders, young and not-so-young, who are involved in the many transitions of life.  First in the series on “Transitions” is G. Tyler Grisdale.    Just ten years ago Tyler finished his stint as a student athlete at Bellevue High School.  He then went to Whitman College and managed to balance studies and pitching all the way through graduation.  Realizing his mad pitching skills weren’t enough for the pros, he switched gears.  After careful consideration, he switched career paths and entered a two year masters program in Kinesiology while serving as a Physical Therapy intern and an intern strength coach with the Spokane Indians Baseball Club. Tyler’s Masters degree and experience with the Spokane Indians led to the pursuit of certification as a “Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (C.S.C.S.)”  After living his entire life in the Northwest, Tyler accepted a job with the East Coast based Jupiter Hammerheads, a farm team of the Florida Marlins Baseball Club.  Last year he moved closer to home with the Colorado Rockies organization as a physical performance coach.  He’ll be reporting for Spring training with the Rockies organization soon. I was fortunate to get Tyler to spend an afternoon with me before leaving for Spring training recording the beginnings of the first Video cast.  With a week or so for editing, shortly the video cast will be up on this website, as well as the Headwaters…

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Its a Launch!

By John LaMunyon | January 26, 2019

On a warm Saturday evening in early September a number of friends of Headwaters Coaching gathered on the patio of Big Block Brewing Company.  What a night!  Good food, great conversations and a raffle for Headwaters swag.  Headwaters pint glasses served as the door prize.  Between the raffle, donations and Rick Wong’s gift of many copies of his book sales (“The Five Abilities”) we raised $1,000 for King County Habitat for Humanity.  Thanks go to Rick Wong (The Five Abilities), photographer; Don Cheyette (Seattle Adventure Sports), gaffer; Marilyn Wong, Belinda Valentine (Belinda’s Face Painting), and Cheri LaMunyon for dealing with the food; the staff of Big Block who kept incredible ales and ciders coming through the door and all who joined in the fun.  Here are a few pictures of the night.  Look forward to the 2019 HWC gathering at Chateau LaMunyon this summer!

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What Does “Executive Coach” Mean?

By John LaMunyon | August 24, 2018

On a recurring basis, we’re asked, “What does, ‘Executive Coach’ mean?”  For some coaches, it refers to the level others have to be at before they’ll be considered coaching clients.  In this instance, “Executive” means an individual or team’s role in their organization.  However, when we talk about “Executive Coaching,” we’re referring to the higher functions of the human brain. The term is a business metaphor, suggesting our executive functions are something like the chief executive who monitors all of the different departments so the company can move forward as efficiently and effectively as possible. How we organize our lives, how we plan and how we then execute those plans is largely guided by our executive system. Executive functions can be divided into organizational and regulatory abilities. Organizational includes how we deal with the incredible amount of data in our lives which just keeps coming at us through email, visual images, relationships, the internet, etc., with each new piece of information demanding our attention, planning, sequencing, problem-solving, working memory, cognitive flexibility, abstract thinking, rule acquisition, etc. Regulatoryrefers to how we live in the world, including when we do or don’t take action, self-control, regulating our emotions,  both consciously and unconsciously stimulus inside and outside us, while then both initiating and inhibiting behavior specific to each context, coupled with moral reasoning and decision-making.” 1  WHEW!  For instance, seeing a wonderful dessert in front of you may be tempting to devour, but your executive system might remind you that eating it would…

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What makes a good leader?

By John LaMunyon | March 25, 2018

Its been awhile since posting to this site.  Just lost a month to Influenza Type A, not a great month. However, now I’m back up and getting ready for the transition from forty years of church-based employment to starting up Headwaters Coaching full-time August 1st.  Between now and then I’ll post a few articles and thought pieces.  Here’s the first, by Simon Sinek, author of  “Find Your Why,” “Leaders Eat Last,” and a few more.  Happy watching! As always, I’d love to hear your reaction.  just use the comments section below.  John  

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