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The Challenges Facing Contemporary Professional Coaches and Their Clients

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Talk about a steep learning curve! How do we accept and then say goodbye to contradictory perspectives? How do we identify or create new perspectives—while living in a constantly changing and turbulent environment? This is where we, as professional coaches, can now (and increasingly in the future) play an important role in the lives of men and women who are faced with profound and perplexing challenges and a steep learning curve.
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