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Coach the Person, Not the Problem

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Coach the person, not the problem” before. But how do we implement that when faced with powerful client stories?

In this conversation with executive coach Marcia Reynolds we explore the foundations of reflective inquiry, extracting meaning from story, helping our clients release identity restrictions and disrupt patterns and the critical difference between paying attention and presence.

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In this podcast we talk about:

01:15 The impact of the pandemic on coaching
04:20 Coach the person, not the problem
07:30 The foundations of reflective inquiry
14:50 Extracting meaning from story
16:55 Disrupting the patterns
21:15 The value of therapeutic presence
23:10 Breaking through client blocks
30:40 How identity creates restrictions
37:15 Information-sharing versus advice-giving
43:25 Paying attention and presence

Resources Mentioned:

Coach the person, not the problem, by Marcia Reynolds
How we think, by John Dewey
Alfred Adler
Thinking, fast and slow, by Daniel Kahneman
Coach the person resources

About Marcia

Marcia Reynolds

Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D., MCC works with organizations worldwide, providing executive coaching and leadership training with an emphasis on emotional intelligence. She is the author of four books, the training director for the Healthcare Coaching Institute and regularly works with coaching organizations in China and Russia. She was the 5th president of the ICF Global Board and is currently a lead trainer for the WBECS* "Breakthrough Coaching" Program.


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