Being and becoming

Updated: Oct 7, 2019

Can people change and if so what does it take?


A friend and I were speaking about an incident involving a mutual guy friend recently. On hearing what he had done, my friend, who has known him for many years sighed and said “well, a leopard can’t change its spots”. Similar to the phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, the saying is meant to remind us how foolish it is to expect people to change.


So what then is the point of coaching, particularly developmental coaching? Are people capable of change?