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Multiple Perspectives and Multiple Truths: Challenges and Opportunities for Professional Coaches

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There are many more implications to be drawn from the rich insights offered by Carl Jung and Richard Rorty. While we can assume that these two men—one a philosopher and the other a psychoanalyst—probably never met one another, I suspect that they would have much to share. If they were alive today, I suspect that both would have much to share with those involved in professional coaching. I would have loved to be present when they talked about irony and the complex texture of the human psyche—and as they entered into a dialogue regarding their personal visions of societal diversity and solidarity. I would be honored to hear them mutually envision a utopian world that complements the ironic dynamics of the personal psyche. And I would greatly appreciate their own recommendations regarding the effective use of professional coaching strategies in helping contemporary leaders address the irony operating in their own personal psyches. What a treat this would be!


Jung, C. (1979) Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press.

Kanter, R. M. (1977) Men and Women of the Corporation. New York: Basic Books.

Kets de Vries, M. (2003) Leaders, Fools and Impostors. New York: iUniverse.

Miles, M. (1964) “On Temporary Systems” In M. Miles (Ed.), Innovation in Education. New York: Teachers College Press.

Rorty, R. (1989) Contingency, Irony & Solidarity. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

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