Michael Nagle is a transformational leadership consultant and coach. He has tremendous experience as an executive leadership coaching pharmaceutical companies. His insights into personal change in the workplace lends directly to our broader conversation of development in the workplace.
Michael and Adam met during an Immunity to Change facilitator’s program and discussed both the power and experience of this coaching methodology. Michael talked about his work as an executive coach supporting rapid behavior change.
Michael expresses belief in the individual wholeness of his clients. He sees himself as a trusted partner through the change process. He is not here to fix his clients, but to support their work that brings about their desired change.
He emphasized a level of mindfulness in his work. He mentioned Carl Rogers and his description of unconditional positive regard. In supporting another’s change whether as a leader, coach, or supportive peer focusing on empathic listening (hearing and feeling their emotions). It is essential to not allow a judging presence to enter the space, but to just be mindful in the space.
Don’t be afraid to expose weaknesses early on, so you can get rid of them over time. This episode brought in the support of mindfulness in personal change and into the workplace. It is a tool to be able to work past anxieties, or embedded voices that seek to hold you back and to work through them and to tackle the personal change you wish to achieve. This can often include negative past influences that have remained with us. This allows you to begin to bring into control the internal monologue that so often exists in most people’s minds.
Michael discussed with us valuable techniques to support their co-workers by valuing difference in others. Simply being aware and seeking an understanding both of those around them and their own perceptions of them allows people to change their actions towards others.
He discussed his most powerful experience in developing his own self-awareness. Michael explained that Jungian psychoanalysis of his dreams brought about an exploration of his own unconscious. He realized that his Type-A father, created a lot of unconscious behavior that brought about both positive and negative outcomes.
Be sure to listen to the podcast to hear Michael describe a series of dreams he had that helped him understand his unconscious self.