Research matters – You can take our word for it

Coaching is full of jargon, but in a good way. Learn the language and recognise your own, advises Sue Blow visiting fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School We trip over tortured, cliche-ridden language every day. Some of it is infuriating, some of it so obscure as to defy sense. But do coaches and mentors need this jargon? The answer is - it all depends. Language is tribal. By that I don't just mean, "Is your native language Icelandic or Inuit?" I also mean, "Do you speak tribe finance, tribe legal, tribe IT or tribe marketing?"...

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