Tao – The Way of the Coach

19 May Tao – The Way of the Coach

Here is the first chapter of my book, a modern interpretation of the Tao Te Ching,

and a contemporary approach to coaching.

Mo Cohen
Partner, InterBe


Tao means the way the potent path
Or the principle
It is a paradox it cannot be expressed
But it can certainly be experienced

Coaching too is a way nowadays we call it
A process or a journey of discovery
No one can take this journey for you

Coaching is also a paradox
Calling on you to be both fully present
And absolutely invisible simultaneously

To travel in the two directions
Of knowing and not knowing
At once

Like the Tao how you do this is a mystery
The moment you see you are coaching
You are not coaching

Coaching is all there is
It is a way and the way is uncharted

There is no how to guide or manual available
There are no handy hints or tips

When you are really coaching
You are doing nothing at all
And it all comes together as a unity

Integrity – Tao

There is nothing to know about coaching
There is nothing to learn and
Nothing to remember
Coaching is not about knowing
Mostly it is about being

It is about creating conversations
That make a difference
Transporting ourselves beyond
Our daily experience of knowing and doing

Another paradox is that to make a difference
You have to surrender
You must let go of outcomes and expectations
You must allow whatever happens to happen

You’ve got what you’ve got
That’s all there is

We train ourselves to stand in the line
Between knowing and not knowing
Between certainty and chaos

In the realm of unfulfilled potential
From this field possibilities will grow
Insights will occur achievements will happen



Book price: £5.82 including VAT


Book Description

In this beautiful book you will find a wealth of ideas for developing your coaching practice. Lao Tzu’s classic Tao Te Ching has been one of the world’s most important philosophical texts for more than 2,000 years.

This highly accessible version paraphrases the original chapters and places them firmly in a contemporary coaching context.

This book is for everyone who works with other people: life coaches and business coaches, sports and acting coaches, teachers, leaders and managers in every type of organisation.

If you are looking for something that will inspire you into thinking about coaching in an entirely new way, read this book now.

Written in a flowing and poetic style that captures the essence of Lao Tzu’s original guide to living a life of harmony and joy, Tao – The Way of the Coach will give you a new outlook on your coaching practice.

Source: Amazon.com


Download a translation of Lao Tzu’s classic, The Tao Te Ching



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