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How the Natural Sciences Can Inform Coaching

Coaching has some fairly established approaches, but they are generally not based on empirical data. Could the practice of coaching benefit from taking a more scientific approach to the development of its methodology?

In this conversation with management consultant Dave Snowden we explore using the natural sciences to inform coaching theory and practice, the role of context and relating in behavioral change, and the value of the numinous.

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What we talk about

01:00 What’s working and what isn’t
07:22 Context changes behaviour
12:05 Transformation through relating
16:35 Using natural science to inform coaching theory
23:35 Exploring novelty within boundaries
27:41 The best coaches are not the best players
34:06 The role of the numinous in coaching
36:46 Taxonomy versus typology

Resources Mentioned:
The Cynefin Framework
Material engagement theory

About Dave

Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden is a management consultant and researcher in the field of knowledge management and the application of complexity science. Known for the development of the Cynefin framework, he is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge, a Singapore-based management consulting firm specializing in complexity and sensemaking. He has authored several articles and book chapters on the Cynefin framework and the role of complexity in sensemaking.

WEBSITE
Cognitive Edge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Snowden

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