Leadership Development “Seek First to Understand Series” Continues January 29th



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 and performance as an empathetic leader. Every session will be divided into three components:  1.  How you “show up” as a servant leader.  2.  Tools for the art of leadership.  3.  Practicing the Art of Servant Leadership.  In October we began monthly two hour sessions as listed below.  Fall 2020 we’ll be offering the full training with two hour sessions weekly from October through May, including coaching with an ICF certified Executive Coach.


OCTOBER 16          Seek First to Understand:  Closing the Communication Gap-COMPLETED

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-COMPLETED

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.

NEXT-DECEMBER 11        Seek First to Understand:  How to Mean What You Say…COMPLETED

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 chosen words. Bring…courage.  You’ve got this!


JANUARY 29   VALUES: Out of Alignment?  

Do you know what your core values are?  Can you tell when your values are out of alignment with the values of your teammates?  Your boss?  Your company?  This is the first of two sessions on how to identify your own values as well as those around you, including your company, boss, team, and others.

FEBRUARY 12  VALUES:  For the Good of All

This month we’ll dig into core questions related to values, including:  Is a diversity of values on a team or in an organization helpful or not?  How does the servant leader maintain allegiance to their own values while leading a possibly broadly diverse team?  How does a leader bring a team together at the values level?  And more…


MARCH 11  The Nature of Conflict  Conflict arises from many sources: poor communication, the failure to seek to understand the other, the desire to have one’s own way, misalignment of values, or, as one friend put it, “they’re just plain WRONG!”  At its heart, conflict arises when individuals or groups differ on their approach to a given issue.  Its not the issue itself, but the approach.  What is your approach to life which brings about conflict?

APRIL 15  Sources of Conflict  Is the issue you’re facing a conflict to be resolved, or, a polarity to be managed?  All too often the conflicts we encounter in the workplace (and elsewhere) are treated as a bad thing which must be brought to an end as soon as possible.  But, what if it isn’t a conflict which can be solved?  What if the issue, or issues, are the result of being on the opposite end of the same spectrum?  The tool to be introduced this night is Polarity Management, which crucial insights for servant leaders.

MAY 13  Managing Conflict   Conflict is natural and happens in every aspect of life. Although conflict is often labeled as “bad,” it can also signal an opportunity for growth, new understanding, and improved communication. As this is the last session in the series, we’ll be putting all of the tools together to reframe conflict as a means to a deeper understanding of leadership.

All trainings are led by professionally credentialed coaches and trainers with certification from the International Coaching Federation.  We will meet in the Board Room of the Valtas Group, 310 120th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005.  Each session will start promptly at 5:00 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m.

Interested?  Contact Headwaters Coaching Executive Director and Lead Trainer John LaMunyon today! Email:  john@headwaterscoaching.com Phone: 425-922-0241.


 Headwaters Coaching Founder and Director John LaMunyon along with Executive Coach Nichole Kurz are building something special. If you are an emerging leader or a new people-manager, this program is designed with you in mind. John and Nichole are getting leaders ready for the future.  — 

Patricia Burgin, MA, MCC|The SeattleCoach Professional Training and Development Program

  I came to John after moving to a team lead position. I was struggling with this new role and didn’t feel as comfortable or confident as I had been in prior positions. He guided me in finding a new definition of success for my new role and what that meant as well as helping me understand the day to day interactions with my team., which helped me better serve them. I would recommend anyone to John that has newly entered a leadership role, or for anyone that has long been in one.          —-Jonah, Software Industry