James Flaherty

James Flaherty has more than 30 years of experience coaching top executives at Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. He is the author of Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, which is widely recognized as a seminal text in the field of coach education and is used internationally in universities and coach training institutions.


James’s immense curiosity about people and life—and mostly about how to be useful to others—led him to develop the practical and customized methodology known as Integral Coaching®, a uniquely effective approach that integrates recent discoveries in biology, linguistics, developmental psychology, and twentieth-century philosophy. He teaches this approach through his company, New Ventures West. He designed its Professional Coaching Course and dozens of other programs. Over the past three decades he has led coaching and leadership courses involving thousands of people throughout North America, South Africa, Asia and Europe.


James is a Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. He was educated at the University of California in literature and psychology. He apprenticed with Dr. Fernando Flores and received several years of private philosophical training. He is a longtime Zen student and also practices yoga and qigong.