Adrian Koehler: Hugging The Cactus: Embracing Truth Towards Transformation

Mission Facilitators International
Apr 23, 2024
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Adrian shares his unconventional approach to coaching, which involves using strong language and holding leaders accountable. He emphasizes the importance of embracing pain points, aligning with leaders, and striving for transformative change. If you want to become a better leader, this episode is a must-listen!  Adrian and Dean explore the connection between tension and personal responsibility, and how taking responsibility for oneself can lead to positive change.


About Adrian Koehler:

Adrian Koehler is a leadership engagement expert and senior partner at the executive coaching firm, Take New Ground. He coaches executives and entrepreneurs in the art and science of leadership for themselves, their teams, and clients to create new, unprecedented results and experience fulfillment in their work.

Adrian is the Founder and Senior Partner at Take New Ground, a leadership coaching, training, and consulting firm based in Los Angeles. TNG partners with select executives and organizations to get the results they want by creating the culture they need. He is also the co-host of The Naked Leadership Podcast with TNG Sr Partner Dan Tocchini.


In this episode, Dean Newlund and Adrian Koehler discuss:

  • Discover the importance of aligning with leaders before engaging with their teams to effectively drive change
  • Understand the challenges of addressing issues within a dysfunctional company and the role of the CEO and investors
  • Recognize the significance of being honest with oneself and others in personal and professional life
  • Explore the consequences of allowing dysfunctional team dynamics to persist and the payoffs individuals receive
  • Gain insights into confronting disengaged team members and fostering honest conversations in the workplace
  • Learn how to be a good leader by assessing results, seeking feedback, and taking personal responsibility


“Feelings or emotions are just thoughts trapped in the body looking for language.” — Adrian Koehler


Connect with Adrian Koehler:  

Website URL: https://takenewground.com/

Instagram: @adrian.k (https://www.instagram.com/adrian.k/?hl=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriankoehler/




See Dean’s TedTalk “Why Business Needs Intuition” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEq9IYvgV7I


Connect with Dean:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqRK8GC8jBIFYPmECUCMkw

Website: https://www.mfileadership.com/

The Mission Statement E-Newsletter: https://www.mfileadership.com/blog/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deannewlund/

X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/deannewlund

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissionFacilitators/

Email: dean.newlund@mfileadership.com

Phone: 1-800-926-7370



Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez


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