Renewing the human spirit for greater purpose, passion, and performance.

One-on-One and Team Coaching to co-create a more empathetic and compassionate world one leader, one team, and one organization at a time. 

About Headwaters Coaching


If the transitions from "known" to "unknown" are coming so fast you're having trouble remembering who you are, we need to talk. I've been dealing with transitions and the conflicts--personal, interpersonal, corporate, etc.--which arise in the midst of rapid transition for a long time.
The first hour is free.
You talk, I'll listen.


ARE YOU looking for someone who will help you cut through the debris gathered over the years to uncover or discover your truest self, whether at work, home, with friends, or completely alone? This is what I've spent most of my life doing. Toward that end, Headwaters Coaching is about crafting a more empathetic and compassionate world one leader, one team, one organization at a time. We do this work by getting our coachees and trainees back to the headwaters of their lives. That space and place where vision runs clear, and the direction is compelling.

For new leaders, we offer coaching and training in servant leadership to help you claim the strengths you already have while giving you tools in a broad range of disciplines. This includes honing your values, working through conflict, deep communication skills and more.

For those who have been in leadership for awhile, we offer the same tools utilizing the curiosity and connectedness of high-level coaches. Always seeking to assist you in tapping into your own, unique wisdom and gifts.

If this sounds like you, then let's be in touch and explore how we might be of service to you and your organization. The first hour is free! You talk, we’ll listen.

---John LaMunyon, Founder and Director, Headwaters Coaching

#stepintolife #leadershiptrek #executive coaching #headwaterscoaching #servantleadership




John creates deeper awareness at the core level.

Sheri Boone, MCC  Coach Cachet, Coach Mentoring Training and Continuing Education

John has a unique combination of skills from his previous professions and life experiences that enable him to relate to many different types of individuals and provide him with a wealth of resources to draw from in any given situation. He approaches his role with compassion, professionalism, and attention to detail. I highly recommend him as an executive coach. 

Debra Kristensen   Director, Vaccine Technology Strategy and Policy, PATH

I am so grateful for the support John has given me over the years. He is loyal, caring and I know he is in my corner always helping me to move forward. I started seeing John as a coach a year ago when I was contemplating transition from my current role onto something else. He helped me move through the road blocks and realize how much I love my role and could move it into something that is more fulfilling. Through his help I now wake up each morning with a new energy and look forward to a better, brighter future. I highly recommend him as a coach, mentor and/or teacher!

Dawn D. Sanders  Non-profit professional. Coach. Helping individuals achieve their professional and personal goals.

Having worked with John for a number of years I can say that John is a person who deeply care about others and their success. He truly embodies what a servant leader is all about. Have accompanied people at many different stages of life John brings a unique perspective to the coaching relationship. Working with John will help you find clarity in a caring environment.

Wesley Telyea   Member, Co-Founder at Discovery Group, LLC


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

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 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. MODULE I  LEADERS LISTEN FIRST 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! MODULE II  GETTING YOUR VALUES ALIGNED

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… MODULE III  WORKING THROUGH CONFLICT 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: Phone: 425-922-0241. REGISTER here.  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 Read More

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, 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.  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

Transitions is the title of a monthly videocast that will be published early each month, beginning in February.  For more information, click here:

Continuing the Transitions theme, we’ll be offering a monthly mid-month brief podcast addressing many of the issues inherent with transitions.

A quarterly Update will be published on this website, as well as the Headwaters Coaching Facebook page: http://Headwaters Coaching, LLC

If you have any questions about what’s coming up this Spring and Summer, or, want to be added to the quarterly “Updates” list, email, or, call 425-922-0241, or use the “Contact Us” box on this website.

                                                              Step into life!


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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 Coaching Facebook page.  If you’d like to be notified when the vidcast comes out, get go to the “Contact Us” box, or, send you request directly to

NEXT UP in this monthly series will be a young team leader in a major tech firm, followed by a general manager with the same company.

What transitions are you in the midst of?  If you want someone to walk with you, give me a call at 425-922-0241. Or, email at  You talk, I’ll listen.  —John

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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.

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 you may be tempting to devour, but your executive system might remind you that eating it would conflict with your inner goals, such as losing weight.

So, what do I do as an Executive Coach? I work with individuals and groups who want to live at their highest level incorporating everything they bring to each task, interwoven with their ability to shift and adapt depending on the situation (organization),  tied in with their best wisdom for the greater good of leading their entire team/organization forward (regulation).

Interested in learning more?  Let’s be in touch.  You talk, I’ll listen.

John LaMunyon, Executive Director
Headwaters Coaching

1With thanks to the researchers of the University of California Weill Institute for Neurosciences Memory and Aging Center

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What makes a good leader?

By John LaMunyon | March 25, 2018

A podcast worth watching.  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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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

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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 admired friend of mine gave up many of the perks of being a world class athlete to pursue a career which would bring greater financial stability to his family and a bigger stage for his many gifts of working with others and helping shape their dreams.  In the beginning, the way was hard.  Clients were few.  There were a number of nights only one or two people watched his Facebook talks.  But then those few became a bit more.  Followed by a bit more still.  And now?  He’s on his way to his dream.  By leaving a few things behind, bringing the true character of who he is with him, and being open to whatever new resources, attitudes, aptitudes, friendships, and so on he needs for the journey ahead.

Blessed are those who dream dreams…

If you ever want to talk about your dreams, I’m here, ready and waiting.  In the meantime, dream BIG!



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