About Michael

About Michael

MichaelDolan_6035Before finding my calling as an executive coach, I spent 15 years in corporate management, leading teams in the advertising, consumer marketing, and design industries. Through this experience, I developed a deep appreciation for the intense personal and organizational demands that successful executives must meet every day.

I developed my expertise in personal productivity and workflow coaching during my five years of experience as a Senior Coach and Director of Business Development for Coaching Services at The David Allen Company. I incorporate many of the ideas and practices I learned from David into my work.

I often use the Enneagram in my work with clients, having studied extensively with Claudio Naranjo as well as The Enneagram Institute. The Enneagram is an integrated system of knowledge about human behavior and motivation based on modern psychology and ancient wisdom traditions. It invites deeper understanding of distinct personality archetypes as a roadmap for self-discovery and growth.

I am certified in the Integrative Enneagram iEQ9 Assessment, and the Leadership Circle Profile (LCP).  I’m also a practitioner of Internal Family Systems (IFS), with Level-1 training.

I am a long-time student of the Diamond Approach, a spiritual path that integrates deep psychological insight with an ongoing inquiry into one’s experience, in a unique Western approach to spiritual realization.

I received my MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. I’m a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation, and a Certified Integral Coach® through New Ventures West in San Francisco, where I served as adjunct faculty and acted as a mentor for new coaches.  I’m also grateful to have been recognized as one of the  top 22 executive coaches by CultureAmp and a top executive coach by Coach Foundation.

Truly Productive Leadership is not a representative of, affiliate of, or endorsed by David Allen, The David Allen Company or the David Allen Academy.

  • “Not only did Michael help me implement a system that has helped me become more organized and productive, but he also helped me improve as a leader via a deeper understanding of myself, my own habits, and those of my team.”

    Phil Pearson, VPFrontPoint Security
  • “I thought I needed help creating more structure and order. But instead of working directly on that, Michael helped me discover and work with the deeper underlying issues driving the difficulties I was having."

    Cianna Stewart, DirectorTencue Productions