chapter  12
Track Two: Working with Ourselves
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In the first chapter we spoke about the importance of continuing to develop ourselves while simultaneously coaching our clients. By doing this, we stay out of the temptation to become experts, dispensers of advice and opinion who have no experience about what it really takes to change. We also stay grounded in the fact that when our coaching efforts fail, it can be because of our own lack of competence, as well as limitations with the client. Also, clients will continue to present new questions, breakdowns, and challenges to us as coaches, and if we are going to be of use to them it is important that we continue to become more skillful. Besides all that, staying involved in Track Two will keep our coaching alive, vibrant, and nurturing for us instead of becoming a rote, mechanical, deadening repetition of what we’ve done dozens of times before.