Benjamin Whitehurst, Executive Coach & Authentic Relating Facilitator
Benjamin Whitehurst, MA Transpersonal PsychologyFounder & Lead Facilitator
Benjamin Whitehurst, MA is a Personal Development Coach and Authentic Relating Facilitator in RTP – Raleigh – Durham – Chapel Hill, NC

About Benjamin

I have an unusual background ranging from 3 years in the Peace Corps, to 12 years conducting industrial trainings, to 11 years helping build Authentic Relating communities and new-wave spiritual organizations. Please click on the tabs below to learn more:

I value serving as a transparent example of authentic, deeper living.

Currently, I reside in Durham, North Carolina. I travel regularly – 50+ cities in the last few years – and bring an international perspective to my work. Having lived in Brazil and Guatemala, I am proficient in Spanish, Portuguese and Kaqchikel Mayan. Spiritually, I study many traditions and have nearly 20 years of experience practicing meditation, yoga and other intuitive practices. I am active in the Integral Movement and am an enthusiastic proponent of authentic relating (“we-space”) practices such as Circling and T-Group.

I have a calm, meditative presence. You’ll find me to be one of the rare people who remains centered during intense conflict or periods of chaotic change. As a systems thinker, I love working with complexity, chaos and conflict. On the Enneagram, I test as a Type 1 (“The Reformer”); and on the Myers-Briggs, I test as type INTJ (“The Mastermind”).

For 20 years, I have been reading and implementing Integral Theory, including Ken Wilber’s work on Integral Spirituality, Robert Kegan’s work on Deliberately Developmental Organizations, and Frederic Laloux’s work on Reinventing Organizations (Teal Organizations). I’m the guy who has read it all and can digest it into practical applications for your next project.

I’m one of those people who fell into the rabbit hole, returning years later with eyes sparkling, ready to serve. After more than 15 years immersed in the Human Potential Movement, focused on spiritual growth and development, my inspiration is also my biggest challenge: helping organizations and leaders embody higher forms of consciousness in ways that amplify their success and impact.

With more than ten years of experience as an industrial trainer, visiting hundreds of companies in multiple industries, I find the state of corporate culture to be backwards, lacking leadership at the top, and soul-crushing. Most employees today work just to pay the bills – doing the absolute minimum and dreaming about being elsewhere. I am a Millennial, and the idea of building better workplaces with meaningful interactions inspires me. I’m committed to being part of the solution.

I feel inspired by organizations leading the way… Teal Organizations implementing technologies such as Holacracy; Robert Kegan’s retreats for Deliberately Develomental Organizations; Intentional Communities exploring the peaks of what is possible in connection with others. It’s time to offer these Relational Leadership & consciousness-based practices here in the Raleigh-Durham area. And Navigate Change, LLC is doing it.

I am an avid learner and continuously seek out the most challenging training available:

In 2014, I completed a rigorous 3-year master’s program in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University, including a 900-hour internship focused on group psychotherapy. I studied the application of systems theory to group leadership with the Matrix Leadership Institute, completing their Comprehensive Training in 2015. Recently, I completed the 9-month Train-The-Trainer (T3) Circling Immersion at the Integral Center in Boulder, Colorado, a pinnacle training in the field of Authentic Relating.

My leadership style is both professional and relational. I incorporate cutting-edge authentic relating practices and a sensitivity to cultural dynamics into my work, for a level of support you can rely on. Whether you are seeking personal development coaching or to improve the dynamics in your team or community, Navigate Change, LLC has the rock-solid skills to guide you toward success.

In my experience, focusing on problems and solutions has limited success. If a simple mechanical solution were all that was needed, you would have already achieved your desired change. You don’t simply need to push harder or be more disciplined, stressing yourself out to implement new behaviors. You have already tried that, and your personal change project did not work. It’s the same with organizations: forced change achieves little more than stress and resentment.

Most people perceive the world today in the same way they did in high school, through a lens of struggle and fitting in. This is like insisting on using a computer from the 1980’s, and wondering why you’re so far behind! The intractable problems of your life – relationship problems, difficulties at work, emotional overwhelm – do not require solutions, inasmuch as new ways of being. A core upgrade, not a superficial change in habits.

The coaching and Relational Leadership Labs™ I facilitate provide this core upgrade. I will work with you to change not just your habits (the role of a traditional coach), but also how you exist and perceive reality.

To use a different metaphor, the next step is not to change the glasses you wear, but rather to acquire the glasses factory. Any consultant can sell you a new pair of glasses—perhaps a rose-tinted pair with a stronger prescription. Such temporary solutions are helpful but do not lead to the highest results. Working with Navigate Change, LLC is the equivalent of acquiring the glasses factory: Not only will you always have the most cutting-edge frames in town, but you’ll also see much more clearly.

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"The general rule seems to be that the level of consciousness of an organization cannot exceed the level of consciousness of its leader."

— Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations
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