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Challenging Coaching: Going beyond traditional coaching to face the FACTS by Ian Day, John Blakey

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CHAPTER 6FACTS—Courageous goals

The world we live in requires great courage and patience. (Tao Te Ching, Verse 73)

The “C” in FACTS represents courageous goals. Like feedback and accountability, goal setting is a standard component of traditional coaching approaches. It is featured in all the major coaching texts, training courses, and the competency frameworks of the professional bodies. So what is new about goal setting in the FACTS approach?

In this chapter we propose that existing goal-setting models such as SMART and PRISM are rational, left-brain approaches that lack an emotional heart; specifically, they lack courage as a component of transformative goal setting. We suggest that transformative goal setting is appropriate in an age of business ...

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