In a time of uncertainty, catalyze experience into wisdom.
For now... and what's next
Furthering is more than an executive coaching firm. It's an invitation for individuals and teams to clarify goals, deepen self-awareness and fortify trust, develop tools to achieve their development objectives, and unlock their capacity as leaders for whatever comes next.
Mike Hanas has been supporting leaders and groups to achieve clarity, shared purpose, courage, and wisdom throughout his professional career. After several decades of serving in front-facing leadership roles (including 19 years as a Head of School), Mike is called to put what he's experienced and learned to use in support of others extending themselves.
The animating values of Furthering are learning, leadership, and service. Mike builds relationships from a posture of curiosity and humility and a desire for impact and meaning. He works with clients in education, non-profits, and commercial enterprises and supports their development of internal resources and wisdom through structured, reflective practice. Clients continue to engage with Furthering because they feel heard, refreshed, safe, and confident to take action.
areas of practice
Celebrating and supporting the privilege and responsibilities of leadership
Leveraging self-awareness, capacity, enrollment of others, wisdom, joy, and savoring
Services include: individual executive coaching, team leadership development, group coaching, and strategic planning (for senior leaders, CEOs, founders, and trustees)
Partnering in the loosening and untangling of knots
Leveraging even-keeled presence, ownership, insight, and possibility
Services include: crisis management and conflict resolution
Shaping transition through liminal space
Leveraging movement, connection and community, imagination, and abundance
Services include: deliberately framed facilitation for decision-making about individual or institutional transition (potential or underway)
Furthering's values-vision-tools-action approach supports individuals and groups who are committed to growing their capacities and moving forward in personal, educational, non-profit, or commerical enterprises.
Mike is a grounding force, a professional to his core and passionate about his craft. I have worked with Mike for over three years as he has grown his leadership coaching presence, and I have focused more on my own leadership style.
Mike makes me feel heard, meets me where I am, and consistently provides feedback that is manageable on my own time. He is responsive, respectful and relies on years of experience working *with* people to help me achieve my own goals.
I am so fortunate to have his expertise to rely on and have recommended him to a number of colleagues.
BA | Classics | College of the Holy Cross
EdM | Administration, Planning, and Social Policy | Harvard Graduate School of Education
Certificate | Executive Coaching | UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
Mike Hanas has been a leader in education and executive coaching for nearly 40 years. After falling in love with classics as an undergraduate and then bringing his passion for learning to the classroom, Mike has worked as a teacher and leader in five different independent schools, including almost 20 years as a Head of School. Mike's sincere belief in (a) the power of reflection to catalyze wisdom and (b) the deep potential of others led him to launch Furthering in 2018 to advance learning, leadership, and service through individual and team support.
Clients: Mike's ideal colleagues and clients are professionals extending themselves, whether in decision-making or prioritizing; in searching for better balance or the benefits of well-lopsidedness; in solving a problem, responding to a crisis, or resolving a conflict; or in pursuing an opportunity, whether in a new or familiar role or in between.
The Work: Mike has come to experience responsibility, (including pressure) as a privilege, and considers himself a student first. He employs a complex systems approach—informed not only by knowledge and skills necessary, but also by the context and identity that shape a challenge or opportunity—and helps leaders loosen and untangle knots. Mike works with individuals and teams, including Heads, Founders, CEOs, Boards, Executive Directors, and Senior Leaders, to address technical and adaptive issues and opportunities, restore trust where needed, reconnect with purpose and possibilities, and augment capacity. Together they frame discernment about what matters most, what's next, and how to get there, i.e., pathways to a larger purpose, toward a highest aspiration.
Mike appreciates "solvitur ambulando," a Latin phrase meaning "it is solved by walking," and is used to refer to a problem that is solved by a practical experiment. He loves walking meetings and has made significant use of them—physical, virtual, and metaphorical.
Whether you are interested in coaching, facilitation and mediation, professional learning, or anything else, let's explore what furthering might look like for you.