If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?

The type of kitchen utensil we identify ourselves with can give us an idea of our current state of mind and how we conduct ourselves in our personal and professional lives. Years ago someone asked me this interesting question: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be? I smiled and thought about it. … Continue reading If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?

Why Martial Art is great for you!

Martial Art is a particularly great way to practice facing fear and walking through it. Martial Art provides you with a great opportunity to release any build up emotions such as fear and anger that we hold in different places in our bodies saying, thinking or feeling things like: My throat is tightening My blood … Continue reading Why Martial Art is great for you!

Cleaning the aquarium from the outside – about the difference between a psychological and a philosophical approach in coaching

The image of cleaning the aquarium from the outside can be used to explain the difference between the psychologically oriented conversation as opposed to the philosophical protreptic coaching conversation. When you are cleaning the glass of the aquarium you don’t put your hands in it and mess with the fish inside the aquarium. Instead you … Continue reading Cleaning the aquarium from the outside – about the difference between a psychological and a philosophical approach in coaching

What is Protreptic?

Protreptic is a philosophical conversation that was developed at the classical, Greek, executive academies around 400 B.C. It was founded on the idea of symmetrical dialogues where the individual is guided towards justice, decency and responsibility through the protreptic dialogue. The Oxford dictionary defines protreptic as: from Greek protreptikos ‘instructive’, from pro- ‘before’ + trepein … Continue reading What is Protreptic?