The idea for the Voices originated with a client who was exploring the possibility of moving into coaching as a profession. In an effort to define for himself what coaching was all about, he came up with a list of roles that a coach plays, which we spent time discussing together. The roles (and the distinctions among them) have changed considerably as I’ve explored them over the years. I used to call them the Seven Hats before I appreciated fully their synergistic nature and found more useful language for describing these key distinctions and how they integrate.
Still, we can also think of the Voices or roles almost as archetypes, like puppets in a Punch and Judy show, easily recognized by their hats. As the ...

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