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Breakdowns to breakthroughs: an ontological approach to thought loops and growth edges

Karen Staib Duffy (Quantum Development Coaching, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

VINE

ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 24 October 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to focus on an ontological approach to executive coaching and transformational learning.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is largely drawn from the methodology for ontological coaching designed by Newfield Network. Concepts are applied in actual coaching examples.

Findings

The paper finds that through a transformational process of reflection and deliberate change, we can create a new coherence of self to meet and transcend challenging circumstances. This is consistent with double‐loop learning.

Originality/value

This work explains in concrete terms and examples how the ontological approach can be applied to expand knowledge and engage in transformational learning.

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Citation

Staib Duffy, K. (2008), "Breakdowns to breakthroughs: an ontological approach to thought loops and growth edges", VINE, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 421-431. https://doi.org/10.1108/03055720810917688

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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