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A Coach's Guide to Emotional Intelligence: Strategies for Developing Successful Leaders by Marcia Hughes, James Bradford Terrell

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4. THE ART OF GENTLE IRREVERENCE IN COACHING: A TALE OF TWO COACHES

Coach Sara is chained to her way of seeing reality. Her thinking is embedded in the traditional paradigm of learning and she doesn’t know to question it; after all, she has the right way. She is caught by rationality and linear thinking and desperately seeks to get her clients into action before the paint on the issues they present is even dry. She looks for causes and effects in her clients’ stories and isn’t much help to them, even though the clients may feel a little better just by the simple fact that they had a chance to articulate their concerns out loud and hear themselves think. She has no room to allow for the magic, mystery, the illogical, and the non-linear to ...

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