Liminal Coaching for Business

There is ample evidence that our ever increasing desire for process improvements is totally inadequate to deal with the incredibly fast changing environment in which organizations now have to operate. And yet, we cling to these 150 year old ideals like a drowning man to a punctured life craft.

In a contemporary environment of massive, high-speed and constant change the two qualities of any organisation for survival and success which have been repeatedly identified are leanness and agility.

In order to implement these two qualities, it is essential that all the people in the organisation be capable of meaningful and positive responses to stimuli occurring in their interactions both within and especially at the boundaries of the organisation.

We now know from neuroscience that people who feel constantly threatened, stressed with no way of responding to stressors, of little value and deprived of most sense of agency will mainly operate from their primitive brain. And the primitive brain has pretty much three ways of dealing with everything: anxiety, anger and depression.

The pressure to innovate is only going to increase in the coming years and it is not difficult to predict that the companies that create soar-away value from unbeatable competitive advantage will be those that understand the importance of consciousness in their organisations and in nurturing a workplace based on the higher functions of the neo-cortex rather than the swampy limitations of the primitive brain.

For this reason I propose that nurturing human consciousness in organisations is the next major leap forward in competitive advantage.

This is one of the direct benefits of Liminal Coaching for individuals, founders and even entire groups within the organization.


Inducing a Liminal State

All of this is why we work at a deeper level and induce a liminal state by the use of focused concentration, imagery and suggestion to calm the instinctive mind and encourage a voluntary, positive re-framing of the problems you face.

It's like a personal trainer for your brain. You go from feeling out of control and fight or flight into a calm and energized state from which the formidable capabilities of the higher brain can be brought to bear on your problems or creative and fulfilling thoughts. 

It can also help to encourage a number of other improvements in how you negotiate a wide variety of situations and scenarios.

Mike has been working with the whole team at our innovation consultancy. Our work requires us to maintain a high level of empathy, deep listening, and quick thinking in order to effectively support our clients to navigate complex challenges.

We are more resilient to stress and more able to tap into a creative and collaborative mindset.
— Greg Judelman, Co-Founder at The Moment

Liminal Coaching for Business Packages

We believe that creativity gives purpose to our existence, our work and our world. And yet, every industry faces the same challenge: legacy dominance of the left brain. The logical, reductionist, executive part of our brain dominates the workplace.

According to research, subconscious parts of the brain are capable of doing massive parallel processing and are quite comfortable dealing with enormous complexity. Creative insights, novel solutions, and those precious shifts in perspective all flow more easily when we encourage and welcome this part of our unconscious. 

Our business packages are custom tailored to meet the specific needs and challenges of your workplace. But the end result is the same. We work to turn the members of an organization or team into a super-connected group of innovation agents, helping them to open up their relational field and then work as feedback agents within the larger system. 

Below are the components of a common liminal for business program, but please use the button below to discuss your specific needs or questions.

Introduction to Neuroscience of Innovation: 1 hour
Metaphor workshop: 2 to 3 hours (what is this?)
Liminal Coaching Sessions: Weekly, one hour per person
Monthly Review: 2 hours with team leaders
Session method: Sessions take place over a secure video conferencing connection 

I’ve been working with Mike on becoming a better leader: improving my listening skills, focusing on the important rather than the urgent, maintaining a calm, relaxed, upbeat attitude, not getting distracted or annoyed by little things.

So far the results are quite astonishing. I find all the little things I usually procrastinate on are getting done. My office is clean, bright and organized. My mind is clear and fresh for work, I’m more proactive and much more productive with my time. And I feel great.
— Dave Gray - Founder of Xplane

About Mike Parker

Mike Parker has over 30 years of experience in global systems and over 10 years helping clients to innovate, overcome challenges and improve performance across a wide range of business domains.

He is as comfortable at the director level in a global consulting company as he is sitting in the chair across from you and helping you overcome your blocks and anxieties.

Mike’s interests are deep and broad, ranging across psychology, anthropology, philosophy, math, business, music and economic systems. All of this is supplemented by culture studies and a life devoted to Systems Thinking. Mike has an MBA in innovation, finance and strategy and has supplemented this with further post-graduate studies in Systems Thinking and Governance. He is a qualified Solutions Focused Therapist and a Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute.