As coaches, even our very presence can impact the client. Is it possible to preserve the autonomy of the relationship?

Alongside my growing interest in a systemic approach to coaching, I’ve been thinking increasingly about my own role in directing (albeit implicitly) the coaching client’s thinking – something I’m wary of, but which is inherent in my simply being present. One of my clients had a long history in her organisation and was passionate about its mission. She had played a significant role in shaping its evolution from cottage industry, with a family...

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