Subsequent to all of my earlier encounters with inspiring individuals, I reached out to Dr. Michael Munro Turner in the UK via conference call on Friday, May 20th 2011 at 6:00 AM EST. Dr. Munro Turner, is a Senior Partner with Jericho Partners and a recognised authority on leadership coaching. He has been coaching individuals and teams for over 15 years – helping them develop their capacity for leadership and achieve increased levels of performance, effectiveness and fulfillment. As “Mike the Mentor” he delivers keynote speeches and publishes the UK’s premier coaching newsletter read by 2000 coaches and HR professionals across the world. He works with coaches and mentors as a supervisor to help them ensure the quality of their work and to support them in their professional development.
Coincidently, Dr. Michael Munro Turner just happened to be providing senior level leadership development consulting to an affiliate of my then current employer Deutsche Bank which I did not know until shortly after we first spoke.
During a pre-arranged personal coaching call, “Mike the Mentor” requested that I transfer my emerging aims to the goals form that he usually provides to his personal coaching clients. Additionally, he recommended that I establish no more than three goals to start with, followed by outlining what I am seeking to carry out, and finally to what end. He then asked me to clarify why I believe that someone should take the time to listen to what I have to say about my particular areas of interest, my life experiences or my expanding insights about the process of actively pursuing one’s personal journey of self-actualization.
Dr Michael Munro Turner later introduced me to the work of Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) who “In developing psychosynthesis, …sought not only to employ analysis–analytic insight into the human personality and its dysfunction–but synthesis as well, an understanding of how human growth moves toward increasing wholeness, both within the individual and in the individual’s relationship to the world at large (Firman and Gila, 2002).”
…Assagioli envisioned an approach to the human being that could address both the process of personal growth–of personal healing, integration of the personality, and self actualization–as well as transpersonal development– that dimension glimpsed, for example, in peak performance (Maslow) reported during inspired creativity, falling in love, communing with nature, scientific discovery, or spiritual and religious practice. Assagioli (1965a, 1973a) called these two dimensions of growth, respectively personal psychosynthesis and spiritual pr transpersonal psychosynthesis.
~ Firman and Gila, 2002
Because I expressed to Dr. Mike that being able to consistently ‘walk the talk’ is important to me. He proposed that I come up with a daily practice for reviewing whether I am being authentic. My response has been to start the practice of daily journaling as described in Christina Baldwin’s book, Life’s Companion Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice and published by Bantam Books in 2007. The process seemed a bit tedious at first, but steadily became a productive way for me to better review and understand my reactions. It has also helped in reflecting on my overall state of awareness. I initially chose writing by hand instead of using the computer so that the activity was both convenient and easily transportable.