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What is
Ontological Coaching?

A powerful methodology for effecting change for individuals, teams and organizations.

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What is
Ontological Coaching

Ontological Coaching is an extraordinarily powerful methodology for effecting change for individuals, teams and organizations. It is highly effective because it is based on a new deeply grounded and practical understanding of language, moods and conversations for behavioral and cultural transformation.

The elegant simplicity and ready applicability of the ontological approach to coaching enables you to help your clients and colleagues in a way that is profound, respectful and generates immediate and long-lasting change.

The deep transformational capacities inherent within Ontological Coaching can significantly expand the capabilities of individuals, families and organizations to successfully adjust and adapt to the continual disruptive change that characterizes much of everyday living.

For many people contemporary life has become one of relentless change that places constant demands on their mental and emotional abilities. The ontological methodology is a powerful means to significantly expand mental and emotional capabilities.

Ontological Coaching is more than an approach to coaching. It is an approach to living and working well and developing a life of deep satisfaction, meaning and fulfillment.

The power of Ontological Coaching is that it is not only a highly effective coaching methodology, but is also a highly effective methodology for:

1. Personal change
2. Leadership
3. Business improvement

Ontological coaches are skillful facilitators of profound learning that generates genuine transformation and more powerful and constructive ways of engaging with different aspects of life and work.

Way of Being

Ontological Coaching is characterised by coaching to Way of Being. Our Way of Being is the underlying driver of communication and behaviour. Our perceptions and attitudes, many of which may be deep seated and out of awareness, exist in our Way of Being. Change in these perceptions and attitudes can result in the removal of significant barriers to learning, and the spontaneous development of more effective patterns of communication and behaviour.

Effectiveness in personal and professional life, and the quality of our existence, is indelibly shaped by Way of Being.

Way of Being is a regarded as a dynamic interrelationship between three areas of human existence – language, emotions and body. Coaching in all three areas of language, emotions and body has the potential to be transformative, for it can generate profound learning and deep constructive change.

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Ontological Coaching explained by Alan Sieler

In becoming an ontological coach you have an excellent opportunity for significant personal and professional development by continually developing a more resourceful Way of Being. The only place anyone can coach from (or lead from, or parent from) is from their Way of Being. The more resourceful the Way of Being of the coach, the greater the value they are likely to provide for their clients.

Shifts in Way of Being provide a “clearing” or a new perceptual space, from which leaders and managers operate, freeing their thinking to be more resourceful. This results in them having a more positive presence and constructive influence with those they lead, and consequently the production of more satisfactory results.


In a world of constant and relentless change we are faced with the continual challenge to successfully adapt to novel and unpredictable circumstances. Ontological Coaching supports people to become more powerful Observers, capable of being more self-generating as learners to meet the imperative of continually developing more flexible and effective modes of thinking, communicating and behaving for the benefit of themselves and others.

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