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Head-Heart-Gut Approach to Coaching

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I regularly share this model with my clients so they can use it in their daily lives. Coaching can create an environment where a different type of conversation can occur—one in which the head, heart, and guts can be valued.  In an environment in which the head/heart/gut are aligned, people can feel comfortable sharing ideas that challenge traditions and norms of organization – heart and gut issues.  However, this is not to say that there is only one combination of head, heart, and guts needed for all situations.  Depending on environment, leader, context (company’s competitive landscape, strategy, and customers), and situation – different ratios of head, heart and guts may be required.  But that is another article altogether…


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