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Business Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies by Steve Crabb, Marie Taylor

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Chapter 5

Coaching Clients through Their Blind Spots

In This Chapter

arrow Preparing to coach with the pre-frame

arrow Breaking down barriers to learning

arrow Exploring the ego, eccentricity and empathy

arrow Moving beyond drama to see clearly

arrow Considering incongruency

Someone once asked Dr Richard Bandler, co-creator of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), ‘Do you work with the deaf, dumb and blind?’ His exasperated reply: ‘Every single day’.

There are none so blinkered as those who don’t want to see. Have you ever had an insight into a problem and later realised that the solution had been staring you in the face for ages? Or been given advice that you didn’t listen to, only to later find that it was correct? We’re sure you have – we’ve all been there.

Blindness to the obvious or to new ideas is one of the biggest blocks to effective coaching, and you’re best dealing with it at the start of any coaching relationship. Socrates said, ‘I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think’. A coach can’t ...

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