David has written extensively on developing masterful coaches. The culmination of this work can be found in his groundbreaking paper, ‚ÄúThe Five Maturities: A New Paradigm for Coach Development‚ÄĚ which will be published on May 7th 2024 by The Moment Institute.¬†Register here to be among the first to access the report.¬†¬†

Early support for the paper came from the Institute of Coaching at Harvard. David will run sessions based on the paper at their conference in May and share how to use the paper in your practice in a webinar series. Elements of The Five Maturities have been presented globally for more than a decade.

This report offers:

(1) A thoughtful critique of why competencies are not enough

(2) A new pedagogy for our practice that is more in line with our times

(3) A new paradigm featuring The Five Maturities, The Five Masteries, and The Five iBEAM Factors

(4) A new framework for the co-evolution of coaches and clients

(5) Recommendations on where to go from here personally and collectively

The paper is designed to spark the conversations we need to adapt to what the world needs now from coaches and how coaching will need to evolve for a new era as a result.

Register Here for the Report
David Drake
David Drake

Why The Five Maturities Matter

In our rapidly changing world, no singular role or profession is enough to address the complex needs we face. It is time for new forms of practitioners. 

They focus on their maturation so they can stand with those they serve at the thresholds of the massive changes that are before us. 

They blend inner and outer work, enlightenment and pragmatism ‚ÄĒ knowing that¬† each informs the other and both are essential.

They get to the crux of issues using their deep intuition and sensing, and they work directly with what is present in the here and now.

They bring all of who they are and what they know to their work, and they use what is called for in the moment in service of clients and their journeys.

"Nothing will take one further from the truth of [our] heroes than slavish imitation. Their individuation task has already been accomplished. Our duty is to risk living our lives as fully as they have risked living their truths." James Hollis

The Five Maturities Project

David sees the paper as a catalyst for the fundamental shifts that are needed for coaches and coaching. The same resources can be used more broadly in related industries and in creating the mature and masterful interdisciplinary practitioners we need. 

To get a diverse set of perspectives and a wider range of expertise in taking this work forward, we are seeking aligned scholars, master practitioners, seasoned educators, and forward-thinking buyers of coaching to join the Project.

We hope that this work will spark the conversations we need to form new professional identities that include elements of yet transcend current role definitions. The hundreds of practitioners who David has trained in Integrative Development are a great example of where we are headed.

The Project is also seeking organizations, institutions, and other entities who want to use this work to advance their programs in the coaching and development space. If you are interested, please reach out to us using the form below.

David Drake
David Drake

Coming soon: The Five Maturities Experience

This eight-month immersive experience is part retreat, part lab, and part dialogue. Group size will be limited to assure an intimate developmental space, and participation will be by application. It is designed for mature practitioners who are ready to deepen their compassion, clarity, courage, and candor in their life and work.

It will make explicit for the first time the spiritual philosophy that underpins all of David’s work. The Experience will feature a series of profound inquiries and provocative dialogues as guiding lights. 

Your life and our world are the curriculum. We will walk together, yet each of us will be on or own journey of maturation. You will be empowered and resourced to take the ‚Äėseeds‚Äô you harvest and plant ‚Äėtrees‚Äô in your community.

If you are curious, please register below and we will add you to the list to be notified when registration opens.

Register Your Interest

Elements of The Five Maturities were presented to:      

  • Association for Coaching (AC)
  • Association of National Organisations for Supervision & Coaching in Europe (ANSE)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Coaches Rising (CR)
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • Institute of Coaching (IoC)
  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • International Congress of Coaching Psychology (ICSP)
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
  • WBECS /
  • Graduate coaching programs in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, US


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