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The People Dividend Podcast

Oct 5, 2021

Welcome to another episode of The Authentic Change Podcast, I am Mike Horne, your host and I am joined today by Michael Melcher to talk about coaching with integrity and authenticity, and how it’s like to be in the self-efficacy business.

Michael is an executive coach and writer, with a background in business, law, and diplomacy. Michael works with individual leaders and teams in technology, finance, law, management consulting, international development, environmental advocacy, social marketing, and other sectors. He hosts a podcast called Career Stewardship with Michael Melcher.

He is currently a partner at Next Step Partners, a leadership development firm based in NY and SF. Michael has delivered coaching projects across the U.S. as well as in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Myanmar, Tanzania, Haiti, Trinidad, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, and Italy.


Key Takeaways:

[2:12] Michael introduces himself.

[3:50] Authenticity is congruence and results in happiness.

[5:24] Michael talks about his participation with the Peace Corps.

[8:10] How do foreign experiences support Michael’s growth and development in his role as a gay father?

[12:40] The core of all coaching and all personal change is based on understanding your own values.

[14:52] What are some of the values that guide Michael’s coaching practice?

[20:28] As a coach, you have to be comfortable with ambiguity and lack of resolution.

[23:20] Michael defines his coaching profile and what his work as a coach looks like.

[27:30] Michael explains what it is like to be in the self-efficacy business.


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