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The Wounded Self and Celebrated Self:  Coaching bridges the gap

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Soul Guide Coaching

The soul guide discourse sets out one of four discourses that underpin coaching practice today.   Free download Chapter 6 of Coaching and Mentoring a critical text (Western S 2012, Sage)

















The Four Discourses of Leadership

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Autonomist leadership in leaderless movements: anarchists leading the way

Autonomist Leadership is the name given to the non-hierarchical, informal and distributed forms of leadership found in emancipatory social movements.


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The Bridge Between the Two Selves

Western S. (2016), The bridge between the two selves, Coaching Today issue April 2016 pgs 12-16, published by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)


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The Leadership Game

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Uniquely it delivers in three key areas:

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Building on 50 years of the Tavistock Group Relations tradition of experiential learning, this event brings this learning methodology into the era of networked organizations. Participants experience the limitations of controlling leadership and begin to learn from experience, what distributed leadership means in practice.


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A Meta-Theory of Coaching

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A Leadership Guide: Pandemic and Beyond

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