Ontological Coaching

“Ontology” is the study of being and Ontological Coaching is about coaching a way of being, as a means of producing major shifts in perception and behavior through all aspects of communication.

Authentic Leadership International’s coaching is ontologically founded and based on the OAR and BEL models (below) taught by the Newfield Network and adapted from works by Gregory Bateson, Chris Argyris, Donald A. Schon and Peter Senge.

“I prefer the Newfield approach to coaching, especially the BEL (Body-Emotion-Language) model. It’s like an anchor you can “sink your teeth into” to examine what you want to examine.

Colleen’s approach respected that I had all the answers inside me and that her role was simply to help draw those answers out. The whole time we worked together, it was clear that Colleen was in my court, that she wanted me to be all that I can be.”

– Ellen Tozzi, Founder Natural Order Design in Hamilton, NJ, www.naturalorderdesign.com

Oar Model

“The quality of the intervention depends on the quality of the inner state of the intervenor.”
-Bill O’Brien

Many times, when people do not like the results they are getting, they first change their actions. But focusing on actions without first changing their perspective (“observer”) toward the situation only produces more of the same results. To truly change the results, an emphasis on the way the “observer” (the client) perceives herself and the world around her must be made. This is done through bringing in the learning domains of physiology (body posture), emotions & moods and language. ALI works with the client to expand her observer so that she can see with new eyes. From that new perspective of the observer, truly effective action can be taken and the desired results can be achieved with more ease.

Benefits of Ontological Coaching

Organizations and individuals who engage in a coaching relationship with Authentic Leadership International can expect to experience

Fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities

Enhanced thinking and decision-making skills

Improved interpersonal effectiveness

Increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work or life roles