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Business Coach in Houston

Anyone in business can benefit from working with a business coach in Houston, Texas from Thinking Partners. Whether your team is not producing the results you want, or you want to fine tune your leadership skills, Thinking Partners is a professional leadership coaching firm that specializes in making business professionals better, more effective leaders through the teaching of integral leadership principles. No matter what kind of business you might be in and no matter what kind of results you’re already producing, Thinking Partners has a business coach in Houston who can help you and your team break through plateaus by teaching you methods of integral leadership that you can apply in your professional life.

Effective integral leadership requires the ability to see problems and potential solutions from all sides and all angles. One way we can help you become a more effective leader who can see problems and solutions from all angles is by performing a Team Checkup. Just like a medical check up that you would get to examine your physical health, Thinking Partners offers Team Checkups to examine the health and current state of your team. An experienced business coach in Houston will meet with your team and help you determine your team’s current strengths and weaknesses, and then will provide simple and practical steps for improvement based on integral leadership principles.

Perhaps your team is motivated, but there’s a breakdown in communication that leads to poor or sloppy work. Perhaps your team communicates, but you or your subordinates have trouble with delegation. Perhaps the issue is with time management or interpersonal relationships. No matter what may be preventing you and your team from being as efficient and effective as possible, a Team Checkup from Thinking Partners is the best way to figure out where the problems are and the best way to address those problems.

Where many business leaders fail in their efforts to improve business efficiency and effectiveness is by focusing only on improving themselves as leaders or focusing only on improving their team. At Thinking Partners, we believe that leaders and team members must work cohesively for the best results – which is why we encourage clients to work with a business coach in Houston who can address both sides of the business equation.

When you work with Thinking Partners, we start by having each member of your team complete an anonymous survey that covers their personal thoughts about the team, where they think the team’s strengths and weaknesses are, and how they think improvements should be made. From there, we work with you and your team directly using time tested strategies and exercises to transform your team from the one it is today to one that’s a shining example of excellence in business.

Thinking Partners is owned and operated by a pair of professional business and leadership development coaches with several decades and thousands of hours of coaching experience between them – Judith O’Connor and Bruce Anderson. Whether you need a business coach in Houston or anywhere else in the country, the experienced team behind Thinking Partners has the kind of knowledge and proven track record that you want on your side as you learn the art of integral leadership.

To learn more about the services we offer, or to schedule a time for a leadership or team development consultation, visit us online at (when uploading content put contact link here).

Integral Leadership Means Leaders Pay Attention to Their Inner World

Integral Leaders see all aspects of a situation. The big picture includes inner values, beliefs and internal dynamics. In the four quadrant model, the upper left (individual interior subjective) should be taken into consideration in all decisions and evaluations.

integral-leadership-blog-postWe can see examples in the news where individuals have ignored their real values. Only when they find themselves negotiating a plea bargain agreement, do they realize that something went very wrong. As Houston’s premier leadership coaching organization, Thinking Partners, Inc.’s coaches see first hand that this blindness can happen in less dramatic ways as well, during leadership coaching sessions many leaders realize they have not been stepping back and looking at all aspects of a situation, including their internal beliefs and values as well as their unique personality traits, before making leadership decisions.

Thinking Partners, Inc.’s Houston leadership coaching sessions allow leaders the opportunity to comprehensively analyze their inner world to determine if their current job role, and the organizational structure of their company is properly suited to their inner world. An important part of our Houston leadership coaching is to help leaders recognize the interconnectedness of their inner values and beliefs with their leadership styles and to determine if there is a feeling of succumbing to the pressure of abandoning those values and beliefs to achieve or to meet the demands of others. Understanding your values and beliefs at a deep level, and how those values and beliefs are possibly being suppressed by your leadership style, can give you the necessary insight to reduce considerable stress.

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  • Do you really have a deep and clear understanding of your values?
  • Do you have clarity around your beliefs and how they are manifested in the way you act and communicate?
  • Are you aware of how your moods affect your behavior?
  • Do you understand enough about your personality and your subsurface drivers to be able to modify your behavior in light of a given situation?
  • Do you understand your “worldview” and how it may differ from others?

Many of our integral leadership conversations with clients include considerations in the subjective internal part of the four quadrant model and how they impact aspects of the other quadrants.

Integral Leadership

We are writing this blog to evoke a conversation with coach executives and business owners about what integral leadership means, or in other words, leadership from an integral perspective.

In our leadership coaching practice, we see the most successful leaders are looking at their world holistically. These leaders are able to incorporate their holistic world view into a successful integral leadership style. They are able to see all aspects of a situation and bring wisdom and sophistication to their decision making processes.

  • They know themselves
  • They understand the culture
  • They can take effective personal action
  • They know their business

We call this multi-faceted perspective The Leadership Mastery Map. This model is based on the work of Ken Wilber, a well-known contemporary philosophical thinker. It encompasses all of the territory a leader must navigate to be successful at integral leadership.

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Two dichotomies emerge from this Integral Leadership Model: individual versus collective, and subjective versus objective. By using a 2×2 matrix, we can include all perspectives on a particular situation.

It is important because in business, all of the components in each of the quadrants are at play all of the time.

To successfully implement any plan or decision, it is imperative to take a step back to make sure that all components impacted by the change are taken into consideration and planned for. This is the key to top tier integral leadership.

Integral Leadership Thought Provoker

  • Can you see that by considering all quadrants you will get the big picture?
  • Is there anything that does not fall within one of these quadrants?

When evaluating a situation, do you take the perspective from all of these quadrants into account? Not just the business situation (lower right quadrant) and the action needed (upper right quadrant), but also your individual values and beliefs (upper left quadrant) and the social values and beliefs of affected groups (lower left quadrant)?


Observe over the next few days how you evaluate situations and make decisions. You may find yourself seeing things differently by considering all quadrants.

Let us know your views on integral leadership and on using an integral perspective for planning, decision making, and leading.