“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.”

Dolly Parton

What’s it all about?

“Coaching” has been around as a concept for over 200 years, but as with many things, we still get caught up in definitions.

So I like to relate what coaching means to me—and my style of engagement as a professional coach—in the simplest terms.

Two universals of coaching

1. We all work better to feedback.

That’s why we all gain from coaching, and why we are all coaches.

Whether you’re a manager, a parent, or a friend, you have coached others or have been coached to grow, improve, and turn potential into energy and action.

2. We all have blind spots.

The view from inside our heads is always deceptive in some way.

From cognitive biases to emotional hardship, we have an incredible capacity for creating blinders for ourselves. The perfect antidote is an outsider’s perspective.

You don’t need to hire a professional coach to act on these, or to serve other people’s success. But in order to succeed more often—be a coach, and have coaches, in your life.

And two particulars to consider

3. It helps to have a cheerleader, and someone holding the stopwatch.

For high performers, the higher the stakes, the harder it can be to feel seen, validated and supported through achieving the seemingly impossible.

To keep ourselves accountable while constantly raising the bar requires finding safe places, and having ways to calibrate our efforts and deal productively with challenges and doubts.

4. Coaches have playbooks.

Learning a new tactic or strategy, or an ancient one, can often take our performance from good to great, or from great to astonishing.

Wouldn’t it be great to know what works, and what doesn’t, before we even tried?

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or executive, to achieve your best, it helps to work with someone who sees the best in you—and inspires you to learn, grow, and act on your objectives.

Are you ready to consider professional coaching? Would you like some advice on coaching those you manage, or are thinking of providing coaching for your team?

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