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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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ONTOLOGICAL COACHING: JULIO OLALLA

Ontological coaching is a practice that facilitates the emergence of new possibilities in the personal and/or professional life of an individual (or group) by making him aware of his participation in the construction and co-creation of the reality he perceives.

(Olalla, 2004, p. 48)

Although theorist Fernando Flores and biologist Humberto Maturana are key contributors to the understanding that body and physiology are integral to coaching, it is Julio Olalla who is credited with embedding this concept in the coaching approach known as Ontological Coaching. Ontological Coaching requires that the coach observe how the client uses language, emotions, and the body to generate—or fail to generate—results. The ontologically ...

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