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Module Eleven – Coaching for the Journey

Dear Fellows,

I started down the path of coaching in 2010 with the sincere desire to learn; learn to be a better father & husband, learn to be a better communicator, and learn to be a better leader. Here I am ten years later and I can confirm that coaching is one of the more powerful ways to explore how we interact with everyone and everything.

Think about who you admire… really admire. Is it a parent? A teacher? A friend? Someone from history? Maybe a spouse, maybe a child. These are all people who have a special hold on your attention through some connection, be it words, actions, or a shared reality.  Often this shared experience includes a lesson, sometimes hard earned, something that stays with you. 

The discussion we’ll have on Coaching is predicated on the understanding we are opening a door together. Coaching is a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and all who surround you. I am excited to have this chance to introduce coaching to this KHF cadre.

My hope is this discussion on coaching provides you with an introduction, a vocabulary, and an awareness of coaching as one of the tools in your leadership tool box.  I think you will find, as I have, it is one of the most powerful.

I look forward to meeting you.


John Glanville

Chief Guru at Beyond Ideas // Managing Director, Athenaeum Capital Partners, LLC // CEO & President //General Manager Benchmark Maps

John has over two decades of direct investment and portfolio management experience in public equities, fixed income, alternatives (oil & gas, real estate, venture capital, and private equity), and private companies. He serves as General Partner of Athenaeum Capital Partners LLC, an early stage technology venture capital fund and as General Partner of Birch Park Ltd, a private investment partnership. Thus, he is involved in a number of local technology companies by investing as a founding member, serving on advisory boards, and mentoring in university programs. John currently serves as Chairman and Owner of, and is also Owner and General Manager of Benchmark Maps. Additionally, John heads Beyond Ideas LLC, a coaching practice focused on vision, creativity and execution.

He has extensive non-profit experience serving in a variety of officer, board, committee and operational roles with Rotary, the Caltech Associates, Caltech SURF, Pasadena Symphony, A Noise Within Theatre Company, and various positions with Lehigh University, including service on the Board of Trustees, Lehigh College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board, and Lehigh Leadership Council. John is also a Hudson trained coach.


READ: Nearly Two-Thirds of CEOs Do Not Receive Outside Leadership Advice – But Nearly All Want It

Stanford Executive Coaching Survey 


  1. Of the leadership skills and behaviors mentioned in question #4 of the study, which do you personally want to further develop?
  2. If you could gift your team with one of the leadership skills and behavior areas mentioned in the study, which would you select? Why?


REFLECT:  Identify Your Personal Values

Values expert Richard Barrett suggests that “beliefs are always contextual and values are always universal.”  If this is the case, then becoming intimately aware of personal values is a must for leaders.  When we understand what drives (and depletes) us, we can work to keep these realities in balance.

Assessments are good for two things – to establish a baseline, and to seed a good conversation.  After completing the values assessment (link below in orange), reflect on the following.

Personal Values Assessment (+/- 5 minutes)


  1. Are these ten values represented in your current work to the degree that you would like?
  2. Which value would be the most challenging for you to live without?
  3. Which values appear absent from your current work?

Watch + Respond

There is no video for this session.


Discussion happens primarily during the in person session this month.

Being Carried

The things that happen to us
are trying to have a conversation,
to make us stop or turn around.

The things that matter are waiting
for us to drop down after the first
conversation has relaxed our will.

Then they will shine their light
without warning, like a doctor, into the back of our eyes and ask,
“How long have you avoided rest?”

If we answer truthfully, they will
introduce us to beauty who after a time
will make us cry and throw our judgements into the sea.

– Mark Nepo

Upcoming Events & Key Dates

November 12, 8:30-10:30AM – Coaching for the Journey
Explore Ecology – 302 E Cota St, 2nd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

December 10, 8:30-10:30AM – Breakfast with Mentors
Moby Dick Restaurant

January 14, 8:30-10:30AM – Tell a Simple Story
Location TBD

February 11, 3:00-5:00 PM – Tribes and Networks
Location TBD

March 17, 8:30-10:30AM –When Boards Make a Difference
Location TBD

April 14, 3:00PM – The Attitude of Gratitude
Location TBD

May 12, 12:00-5:00PM – Retreat
Location TBD

June 16, 3:00-5:00PM – Team Presentations
Location TBD

Additional Resources

The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry – Sue Annis Hammond

Evolutionary Coaching – Richard Barrett

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