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Enriching the Dialogue: The MAPS of Coaching

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Rao: You have to go slow to go fast

Bergquist: Coaching to the head winds

Goldstein: Achieving escape velocity

Simon: The vulnerability of men: swimming upstream

Arumugam: Conscious coaching as midwife

Barthelemy: Speak from the soul, hear from the heart

Bergquist: The Clearness Process


We hope that review of at least some of these MAPS-related essays inspires you in your own work as a professional coach. You can enrich your coaching sessions by adding the third element. You can also enrich your own reflections on the work you are doing by introducing a MAPS.

You might have noticed that the acronym we are using (MAPS) points itself to a representation of reality—rather than being reality itself. As Alfred Korzybski, the noted independent scholar (and founder of general semantics) famously noted: “the map is not the territory.” However, maps do provide a wonderful way of bringing a distinct perspective to that much more complex entity: the actual territory. Given that our coaching clients must live and work in the actual territory of their world, it might not hurt to provide them with one or more MAPS.

William Bergquist



Bill Carrier


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