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Finding Merlin by Kate Cowie

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VII. Merlin: confidant, seer, sage, strategist, kingmaker, man. (Or, The qualities of a masterful guide.)

imageONFIDANT – a masterful guide can create meaningful contact with me. The coaching textbooks encourage a ‘distant’ relationship, a relationship between the coach and coachee which provides for a clear delineation of roles. But, as Edgar Schein observes, helpers are often not aware that their efforts to establish and maintain this sense of separateness “lead them to be so emotionally aloof that they convey an unwillingness to get involved at all.”16 So a masterful guide is someone who can create an emotionally engaged and trust-based relationship ...

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