The Imperative Approach

Coaching for a Higher Purpose, Creating a Better World!

Where does change begin? We believe it starts with you. Whether you are a seasoned leader, an experienced professional working in teams early in your career, we believe you can be the difference. We believe you can be the difference.   We believe in the power of shared humanity. There are many forces are reshaping world, including new technologies, demands for greater workforce engagement, growing globalization, divisive politics, and ever-emerging competition. It is our experience that cultural and emotional Intelligence are  vital to overcoming your individual, team and organizational, challenges! We believe in the human capacity to empathetic and when we deepen our awareness of ourselves and others collaboration increases and conflicts become opportunities for innovation.  Our human centered, practices foster authentic connections and promote sustainable productivity, and a culture of belonging and well-being. 

Combining Cultural Intelligence CQ and Emotional Intelligence, EQ supports growth and development in many key areas, including:

  • Increasing Leadership Vitality
  • Prioritizing Organizational Heath and Wellness
  • Building  Trusting and Inclusive Teams
  • Working More Effectively (Collaboration, Creativity, and Innovation)
  • Navigating Intercultural Communications & Conflict
  • Improving Performance and Workplace Culture
AETC Model of Engagement

Our focus on the inner journey expands your capabilities and increases your capacity to navigate the complex social and cultural challenges in the workplace and communities. The assessments we offer provide individuals and teams windows into the experiences of others and mirrors to deepen your self-awareness.  These powerful psychometrics provide invaluable data and insight into individuals and institutions. Our assessment tools help leaders to measurably improve and teams enhance their performance.

Knowledge is an important component of the growth process.  The more we learn, the more we are able to create options for ourselves personally and professionally.  Our approach to education emphasizes collective knowledge production. Essential to our learning process is the use of knowledge from a variety of perspectives, disciplines, and cultural traditions. We then leverage the wisdom that comes from a variety of worldviews and lived experiences.

Training is an opportunity to identify and develop specific skills to support your individual or institutional goals.  Whether it is intercultural communication, conflict management, facilitation, or strategic planning, we support developing your skillsets for internal and external transformation.  Our trainings are customized to each client and are heaving influenced by the areas identified from learning, as well as the insights gained from our assessment tools.

Through coaching, we help you to achieve your personal and professional goals. Our coaching philosophy is culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and highly relational. We are collaborative and curious about who our clients are, what they want to achieve, and who they are becoming. We help people become more effective as a source of influence and inspiration as a leader and team member.  Through coaching we increase your ability to connect authentically, deepen collaboration, build trust and reach your leadership and equity goals.

Issac M. Carter, Ph.D., is an Executive Leadership Coach, Critical Educator, Human Capacity Builder, Leadership and Organizational Consultant, Strategist, Certified EQ and CQ Assessor and Practitioner, BIPOC Whisperer, Black Male Feminist, Organizer, and Musician. Issac helps individuals and institutions understand, embrace, and leverage diversity by developing emotionally and culturally agile individuals and organizations. Dr. Carter possesses expertise in developing authentic human connections, increasing influence, and leveraging tensions to identify creative solutions. For over two decades, he has steered change management in for-profit and not–for–profit sectors.

His training incorporates  Intersectionality, Leadership Success, and Organizational Development. Dr. Carter has taught courses in Education, Business, Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Collective knowledge production, emotional intelligence, cultural competency, and social justice action are core components of his teaching philosophy. Issac’s experience includes several senior-level roles focused on personal and professional development.  His Afrocentric approach to coaching focuses on reclaiming our shared humanity and realizing our collective potential.  Going beyond DEI focuses on wellness, cultural and emotional wealth, prosperity and organizational vitality.

Dr. Carter is a co-author of EQ Goes to College, to be released by Kendal Hunt in 2023 and a contributor to an edited volume Confronting Anti-semitism, (Peter Lang, 2023).  He is also an author and co-editor of Unhooking from Whiteness, Brill, 2021 and a contributor, “Counter-Narratives as a Critical Invitations for Change: Race Centered Policy Making and Backlash @ Peculiar Institutions,” appearing in The Peculiar Institution: Whiteness, Power and Resistance to Change, Palgrave MacMillan, 2021. His recent work includes Critical Interfaith and the Struggle for Truth: Racism, Religion, and Black Liberty. He is currently working on projects exploring Afrocentric  Coaching, emotional intelligence and higher education, and Black Musicking, Identity, and EQ.

Let’s Talk and Create a Better World Together!

Issac M. Carter

Issac M. Carter

Founder and CEO