HEADWATERS COACHING LEADERSHIP TRAINING

By John LaMunyon | March 27, 2019

The text came late at night:  “Do you coach or train leaders?”  My response was immediate.  “Yes.”  The next day we met over coffee, and the writer told me his issue.  “I was made a team leader a few months ago, and last week my boss told me I needed to step up as a leader. I’m not even sure what that means.” Later that week I received a phone call.  “Can you train or coach mid-career conflict-averse leaders how to lead through conflict?”  I asked, “Are you the leader?”  Her response was slow and soft, “yes.” In working with managers and leaders like these, I’ve come to realize there is a gap between when someone is elevated to a leadership level and when their actual in-depth training begins.  In many companies new leaders/managers are given a daylong workshop here and there, but, comprehensive, in-depth training usually doesn’t begin until one enters the midlevel manager or director level. Even then, in the words of a recent Harvard Business Review article, “most executive education programs—designed as extensions of or substitutes for MBA programs—focus on discipline-based skill sets, such as strategy development and financial analysis, and seriously underplay important relational, communication, and affective skills.” In response to those texts, emails and phone calls from leaders and managers seeking to remedy their lack of training, Headwaters Coaching is launching two new training programs beginning in August. Leadership Trek  involves guiding a group of eight participants into the wilderness of northern Ross Lake, in…

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August 9-12 Leadership Trek

By John LaMunyon | March 27, 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 August 9-12  we will 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 questions…

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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 | April 12, 2018

What does “EXECUTIVE”  Coach mean? Let’s think about Amy. Amy is a leader in a multinational tech company who has been promoted to a new position of authority. She really wants to do a great job, but hasn’t had  much time or opportunity to develop her leadership skills. Somewhere along the way she heard the phrase, “Manage THINGS, LEAD people!” Somehow she knew there was more to leading than simply getting everything aligned and in order. But, what did it mean to LEAD? She turned to an Executive Coach who started out by offering her a definition. “Executive Coaches focus on the ‘higher level’ functions of leadership, combining a leader’s deep knowledge of a number of distinct pieces of information with the mental flexibility every leader has to shift attention in response to different demands in different settings, while exercising self-control as that leader sets priorities and resists impulsive actions or responses.” When Amy said, “In English, please,” the coach said, 1. Always say, “Thank you.” Its what we say for gifts and anyone who follows you is giving you a gift.    2. You are a gifted person. You have the ability to focus on a number of things, tasks, projects, and above all, people, to the betterment of your team’s happiness, productivity, and ability to work together as a unified whole. Your team members are also gifted.  Many are even more gifted than you. Treat them accordingly and remember #1. 3. Before you lose your composure with your team, remember …

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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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FEAR to FREEDOM

By John LaMunyon | February 11, 2018

Fear to Freedom March 3rd  9:00a to 4:00p LaMunyon Lodge, 21221 NE 13th Court, Sammamish 98074  There are so many things we would like to do in life, but somewhere along the way we’ve decided we either can’t, or shouldn’t.  It might be seeking a higher paying job, working toward more fulfilling relationships, becoming a better communicator, or other dream which always seems out of reach.  What if you could move beyond the decision you made to a new decision, a new, more powerful you?  What if you could say goodbye to your fears, self-limiting decisions, and all the rest, for good?  You would want that, wouldn’t you!?! Registration fee is $300, inclusive of all materials, continental breakfast and lunch. FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 425-922-0241 or email    john@headwaterscoaching.com.

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HOW BIG IS YOUR DREAM?

By John LaMunyon | January 22, 2018

Just how big is your dream? What are you willing to leave behind to make it happen? What will you keep? What new resources, attitudes, aptitudes, friendships and…will you need to make it all happen? Seems like lots of folks are wrestling with big dreams these days.  Dreaming is easy and free.  But, moving to action can be costly.  The very skills and attitudes which get you to a certain place in life, perhaps where you’re at now, don’t always work in the next phase.  Consider the picture.  These pioneers set out on the trail with a perfect picture of what their life would be once their dream was fulfilled.  But, they forgot to take true stock of the cost. The Oregon Trail is littered with the remnants of dreams like the stove and broken barrel in this picture.  However, along the way, the pioneers took on new skills.  Cooking over open fire.  Learning how to tell when a water source is safe.  And so much more.  We know many did achieve their dreams.  The way was hard.  The price was great.  But, the reward was even greater. What’s your dream?  For many years a placard hung in my office which read, “Blessed are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.”  Eventually the placard wore out from too many moves.  And yet the saying is emblazoned in my being. What’s your dream?  Are you willing to pay the price?  A much…

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