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  • Writer's pictureBenito Bolivar

Ontological Coaching: Path of Personal and Professional Transformation

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Some questions that people ask me a lot are: What is ontological coaching? Does it work for me? Is this what I need? What benefits does it bring me? And to answer them, I share with you what I have learned in these years of professional practice:

Ontological Coaching is a human development approach that considers the person as a whole: mind, emotions and body. Its foundation lies in understanding how we create our reality through the language we use. Rafael Echeverría, one of the precursors of Ontological Coaching, points out that the ontology of language shows us how we construct our reality through our words (Echeverría, 2006). This means that our words and thoughts have a significant impact on our life experience.

Benefits of Ontological Coaching

Personal Transformation: Ontological Coaching allows people to explore their patterns of thought and behavior, identifying those that limit their growth. As Peter Senge, author of "The Fifth Discipline", points out, Ontological Coaching challenges us to question our way of seeing the world and to adopt new perspectives that allow us to grow and learn continuously. (Senge, 1990).

Personal transformation through Ontological Coaching translates into greater self-awareness and greater clarity in life goals. People learn to recognize and overcome limiting beliefs that in the past held back their progress.

Professional Transformation: In the business field, Ontological Coaching is essential for the development of leaders and executives. Helps leaders understand their leadership style and improve their communication skills, allowing them to lead authentically. Fernando Flores, co-author of "Leading is Creating", emphasizes that Ontological Coaching is a path towards authenticity, where people can connect with their genuine being and release their potential (Flores, 2002).

One of the most notable benefits of Ontological Coaching in the executive field is the development of conscious and effective leaders. Those who have experienced Ontological Coaching often demonstrate a greater ability to manage change, inspire their teams and make informed decisions.

Connect with the Vocation: When it comes to choosing a professional career, Ontological Coaching becomes an invaluable compass. It facilitates the exploration of people's passions, talents and fundamental values, helping them make professional decisions aligned with their true calling. As described by Laura Whitworth, author of "Coaching for Leadership Development," Ontological Coaching is a bridge between knowledge and action, allowing people to translate their intentions into results." concrete (Whitworth, Kimsey-House & Sandahl, 1998).

The main benefit in the vocational field is that people can find greater purpose in their career and feel more satisfied with their career choices. This translates into greater motivation and performance at work.

Improvement of Personal Relationships: Ontological Coaching also has a positive impact on personal relationships. As people develop greater self-awareness and effective communication skills, their relationships tend to thrive. This approach allows them to better understand the needs and perspectives of others, fostering empathy and connection.

As Rafael Echeverría mentions, the quality of our relationships depends largely on the quality of our conversations." Ontological Coaching enables people to have more authentic and meaningful conversations, which strengthens their personal and professional relationships.

Resilience and Adaptability: In a world characterized by constant change, resilience and adaptability are essential skills. Ontological Coaching helps people cultivate these capabilities by promoting a growth mindset and the ability to manage stress and uncertainty effectively.

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As individuals experience their transformation processes, they become more aware of their automatic responses to challenges and learn to choose more effective responses. This allows them to adapt better to changing situations and overcome obstacles more easily.

But... How do I know if it is the type of accompaniment I need?

Ontological Coaching not only promotes personal growth, but also has a positive impact in the workplace. In an ever-changing world, where employability is crucial, this approach provides the tools necessary to adapt and thrive in dynamic work environments.

Ontological Coaching goes beyond traditional talks and workshops. It involves a continuous accompaniment relationship with a certified ontological coach who guides the individual in their process of growth and change.

Ontological Coaching not only focuses on "doing" things differently, but on "being" differently. As people connect with their authentic self and challenge their limiting beliefs, they experience greater clarity in their goals and greater confidence in achieving them.

The essence of Ontological Coaching lies in the search for authenticity. It helps people align with their core values and live according to their deepest beliefs. This not only improves your personal well-being, but also results in greater satisfaction at work and in relationships.

In summary, Ontological Coaching is a powerful tool for personal and professional development. Its benefits extend from individual transformation to the executive, vocational, personal relationships and resilience. In an ever-changing world, Ontological Coaching offers the skills necessary to thrive and adapt. As experts mention, it is a path to authenticity and personal fulfillment.

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In conclusion, Ontological Coaching is a deep process of self-discovery and transformation that can positively impact all aspects of a person's life. If you are looking for a path to authenticity, growth and personal and professional fulfillment, Ontological Coaching may be your answer.

Bibliographic References:

Echeverría, R. (2006). "Ontology of Language." Granica Editorial.

Senge, P. M. (1990). "The Fifth Discipline: How to boost learning in the learning organization." Granica Editorial.

Flores, F. (2002). "Leading is Creating: Fernando Flores' Leadership Formula." Editorial Norma.

Whitworth, L., Kimsey-House, H., & Sandahl, P. (1998). "Coaching for Leadership Development: Developing Leaders, Teams and Organizations." McGraw-Hill Publishing.

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