The Monastery in Colorado
Following graduation from West Point and military service, I spent several years as a Trappist monk practicing meditation under Christian and Buddhist teachers.
After several years in the monastery, I worked in Japan as a consultant and started two companies. I later returned to the US, received a master’s degree from Boston College and pursued doctoral studies at Harvard.
Following grad school, I spent over 25 years as an executive in several US and International tech companies.
I started MonkCoach to help professionals live holistic lives while creating profitable value-centered enterprises.
Vision guides strategy, directs planning and execution, and leads to success.
We will work on clarifying your vision in your personal and professional lives.
Values are like rails that keep high speed trains headed to their destination.Without values, you will wander.
Values are more than documents hanging on the walls in the reception area. They must be lived.
Leaders need to trust the team as much as they believe in their vision. Very few visions become reality solely by the effort of a single person.
We will work on igniting the vision in the minds of your teams and help them make it far greater than what you ever dreamed of.
Creating an Innovative Culture
High performance people want to make a difference. It is the challenge to solve complicated problems their unique way that keeps them engaged in a company.
We will work on methods to pass the baton to your teams and set them on the road to success.
Leadership transitions is a part of business growth. Unfortunately, most new leaders get little guidance and are forced to learn by themselves.
Over my career I have helped many move into executive roles and worked with them to hit the ground running.
Managing through uncertainty
Recognizing uncertainty is a sign of growth. The sooner you and your team recognize and accept uncertainty, the quicker you will move forward.
Obstacles don’t block the path. They are the path.
- Zen Proverb
Mindfulness & Meditation
Meditation was once confined to monasteries
Meditation is now a part of the business world
Over the past 20+ years, clinical research has shown that meditation has positive effects on brain activity and health.
In the past decade, over 500 companies started programs to help employees experience the benefits of meditation and resulting mindfulness:
- Stress reduction; lower anxiety levels
- Deeper compassion and listening ability
- Longer attention spans and increased creativity
Many accomplished CEO’s practice meditation to grow as a person and better lead their companies.CEO’s Who Meditate
So many thoughts, so many identities.
Seeing yourself and the world as it simply is, opens the door to creative relationships.
We are all searching for who we really are. On this journey, we experience many identities determined by thoughts arising in our minds.
Regardless of how hard we try, we have little control stopping the thousands of thoughts arising in our minds every day.
But thoughts are not the problem. Attachment to them is.
Meditation trains you to be aware of thoughts but not be defined by them.
As your identity becomes separated from thoughts, you begin to see the world as it simply is and experience who you really are.
This is the door to Mindfulness and the path to engage the world with empathy and creativity.
Is Monk Coach Right For You?
Schedule a 30 min session
We will review:
Personal & professional goals
Actions to achieve them
Session is complimentary
Leading through uncertainty
Creating an innovative culture
Define Your Market Value
Create Your Brand
Identify your strengths
Network with a purpose
Sharpen interviewing skills
Get the JOB, not a job
Mindfulness work can be integrated into your coaching sessions
There are not too many people who played Division 1 football at a U.S. Service Academy, served in the Army, became a monk, and then went on to have a successful business career. David has a unique combination of skills and experiences that will help you achieve your goals while maintaining peace and harmony in your life through mindfulness.
Scott Mackes– Founder of Service Academy Business Masterminds (SABM)
I have worked with Dave for many years. Dave is one of the few executives that can both plan and execute. His ability to coach people at all levels in a company is an asset to any organization.
Lou Castellani – Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Metal Oxide Technologies
David exemplifies the kind of contemporary leadership that is needed in today’s fast-moving high-tech market. His coherent thought process transformed RF Code and its culture. Solid executive leader.
Ed Healy– Former CEO RF Code, & Cubic Wafer
I was always impressed with David’s detailed knowledge of the intricate workings of the company and how he integrated strategic thinking with detailed decision making of a hands-on manager.
Jonathan Ivester – Advisor Silicon Labs
David was a mentor to me when things were going incredibly well and continued to provide a high level of mentoring when challenges arose. He is a skilled communicator with unquestionable ethics.
Craig Brady – Solutions Architect RF Code
I worked for David as I transitioned from first-line management to an executive role, and his coaching was invaluable. His business insight is outstanding, he has great vision, but most most of all he’s a great person.
Peter Kazmir - Principal Product Manager at Sumo Logic