The Five Maturities Report was written in support of the future of coaching, and it offers a vision for related practitioners as well.

In our rapidly changing world, no singular role or profession is enough to address the complex needs we face individually and collectively. It is time for new forms of practitioners who include yet transcend coaching:

  • 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 — 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 on behalf of those they serve.

The report introduces The Five Maturities as a philosophy from which to work and a pedagogy through which to learn. They provide a foundation for a new way of being and working.

David Drake

"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
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The Five Maturities Report

David has written extensively on developing masterful coaches. The culmination of this work can be found in his groundbreaking report, “The Five Maturities: A New Paradigm for Coach Development” published by The Moment Institute and available here.

Early support for the paper came from the Institute of Coaching at Harvard, and David ran two standing-room-only sessions on the paper at their 2024 conference. Elements of The Five Maturities have been presented globally for more than a decade.

The paper identifies why we need to (1) move beyond competency models in assessing and developing coaches, (2) focus on what has the greatest impact on outcomes (client factors), and (3) expand our frames around 'coaches' and ‘coaching’ to develop more advanced practices and more mature practitioners.

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The Five Maturities Discussion Series

Join David for this free three-part series based in The Five Maturities. The coaching market is both crowded and wide open for new possibilities. To stand out is less about consuming more stuff and more about maturing yourself. The three 90-minute sessions in this series will open up your thinking about your future as a coach. All sessions take place at 3PM ET.

June 11: What is maturity? How do we mature? We will explore why maturity matters and what we need to help ourselves grow.

July 9: What are The Five Maturities? What is the core gift in each one?  We will explore the framework in small groups.

August 6: Where are we being called to mature? What support do we need? We will explore what we each need most right now.

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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 ‘seeds’ you harvest and plant ‘trees’ in your community.

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

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The Five Maturities Project

David built on his earlier publications to write this report in which he addresses critical shifts that would benefit both coaches and coaching.

He is now seeking scholars, practitioners, educators and buyers of coaching who are keen to collaborate. He is looking for allies who are (1) interested in adding their research and voice to
report updates, research and publications and/or (2) interested in working together on initiatives that bring about real changes for coaching and for coaches.

David is also seeking a University appointment as a Fellow (or something similar), preferably in Europe, to support his ongoing research.

If you’re interested in contributing to this mission, please reach out to us using the form below.

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Elements of The Five Maturities were presented to:          

  • Association for Coaching
  • Association of National Organisations for Supervision in Europe (ANSE)
  • Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM)
  • Australian Psychological Society: Coaching Psychology
  • British Psychological Society: Coaching Psychology
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • European School of Management and Technology (ESMT)
  • Fielding Graduate University: Human & Organizational Systems
  • McLean Hospital: Institute of Coaching (IoC)
  • International Coach Federation: global Converge Conference
  • International Congress of Coaching Psychology (ICSP)
  • Melbourne Business School: Mt. Eliza Centre for Executive Education
  • Oxford-Brookes University: Business School
  • Portland State University: Graduate School of Education
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Rotterdam School of Management: Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
  • University of Copenhagen: Coaching Psychology Unit
  • University of Applied Sciences NW Switzerland: Institute of Consulting and Coaching
  • University of Melbourne: Graduate School of Education
  • University of Sydney: Psychology Department
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong: Sydney Business School


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