Symbolic gestures

Are traditional approaches to coaching, and their rational solutions, the only answer? What if the shift needs to happen at a deeper level? Katherine Long reveals how metaphors have the power to transform both coach and client A favourite cinematic scene of mine is from Il Postino1, where Mario, the poor, lovelorn postman, sits on a pebbly beach with his would-be mentor, Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, who is temporarily exiled on Mario’s island. Mario is overwhelmed by Pablo’s charisma, his popularity with women, and his ability to express himself...

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