Hi! I’m Michael. Welcome to my coaching and product development practice.
My offerings span product development, coaching, and group facilitation. I came to this offering after several years of doing product research and development. I came to find that the typical customer feedback loop was the first thing to get working for a team, but ultimately that loop lived inside of the bigger feedback loop of the individual and cultural development of the team. I became interested in developing an offering that spans both.
What I find is the concrete business work gives the work concreteness and relevance, grounds what can feel like navel-gazing, and the depth of individual and group work gives the work staying power and depth.
Typically leaders and teams work with me when they have something novel, brave, courageous, or inventive they are working on. I have worked with teams in digital health, mental health, tools for thinking, and lately I have had a focus on teams softening the impacts of climate change.
Sometimes individuals and teams are drawn to me because they have an explicit knowing of how they are trying to grow, and sometimes it is more of a call, not yet fully formed or explicit, but a gnawing sensation that something is not quite right about how they are working or living, either in response to the chaotic times, or a simple reality of trying to hit ambitious business goals. I welcome all of it.
Fundamentally I believe the act of creation in the world is a developmental path. I believe the two core tools for growing as a leader are thinking with complexity and showing up with vulnerability. I think this developmental road never ends, only grows as the leaders, the culture, and the business do.
I co-founded two educational non-profits in my 20s after being a math major at MIT, then worked in tech for multiple years, including as a research scientist at Y Combinator Research, and leading product research for three years at Coda from 2017-2020.
I also have a deep interest in the human experience, especially personal and transpersonal psychology. My training includes studying developmental psychology for coaching with the Vertical Development Academy in 2010, as well as an 18 month course focused on group process with Bay Area executive coach Joe Hudson. I also have spent a considerable amount of time in several spiritual traditions. I believe it is this depth work, married to professional expertise and a sharp analytical mind, which gives me an ability to help my clients.
If any of this speaks to you, I’d love to hear from you. mpnagle at gmail dot com is the best way. I am happy to provide references as well.