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Consulting Mastery by Keith Merron

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CHAPTER 8HELPING CLIENTS HELP THEMSELVES

If you have come to help me because you feel called to help me, please go away.… But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, please stay and let’s work together.

—Unidentified Aboriginal woman

FOR YEARS I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING with my tendency to try to control my son. I do it in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, most of which are driven by my own fears of failure. I got it drilled into me early on by my own parents that a “successful” person had to be self-disciplined, focused, and goal-driven. My son, typical of many children, doesn’t display these characteristics. He is 13 years old and is generally unfocused around work (go figure!), often procrastinates, and mostly just wants ...

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