3 Reasons Why You Should Have a Coach

The first full week in February every year is International Coaching Week. Do you have a coach? If you don’t, you should. Why? Because people who are coached accomplish a LOT more than people who don’t. I was sharing in one of my mastermind groups recently about coaching. One of the things I pointed out was that the coaching process is so powerful that benefits happen from it, even if the coach isn’t very good. And when you have a coach who is good? Magical things happen. What about the process makes it so beneficial? Let’s examine 3 things – … Continue reading

Get A Coach and Get Clear

In a recent post, I talked about the best advice Google CEO Eric Schmidt ever received (according to him.) He said, “Get a coach.” He mentioned one reason everyone needs a coach: the outside, neutral feedback they give. But there are more reasons you should have a coach. Having a coach helps you break through barriers. He does it in several ways (in addition to the one noted above.) For instance, a coach helps you get clear on your goals. He is a non-judgmental sounding board. How often have you found yourself explaining a problem or issue to someone and … Continue reading

Coaches, Mentors, and Consultants (oh my!)

I now have my CPC (Certified Professional Coach) designation. I have that because I took the training and passed the certification assessments. And I am proud of it. While I have been offering coaching in addition to mentoring and consulting (I also do training but that isn’t as relevant to this post), some people think they are pretty much synonymous. They aren’t, really. Each serves a different purpose. Coaching is about helping you achieve your (relatively) short-term goals. Quite often, a coaching engagement will last for a block of 3 or 4 or 6 months. That is enough time to … Continue reading

Sometimes, Coach is First Class

I confess that this post has been triggered by the Olympics. I was watching the pairs figure skating competition and they did a vignette on the coach whose performers ultimately took first and second place in the competition. The commentators (who were gold medalists in skating, themselves, from previous Olympics) said several times that if they won, it was as much a victory for the coach as it was for themselves. I got to pondering that because most of the time, you don’t hear such blatant credit being given to the coach. Then again, the Russian contender in the pairs … Continue reading