I don’t mean from a professional coach, per se. Just coaching. Are you getting enough? Chances are, the answer is, no.
We all need to have mentors.
People we can use to keep us on the edge.
People who will tell us when we are full of bull.
Who do you have? In what form does coaching take?
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It is only Tuesday. Make sure you seek coaching by the end of the week. Have a conversation that helps you move forward. Seek someone out. Ask him or her to be your coach or mentor. Some people use professional coaches and get a lot out of that experience – which is great. But that should not be your only source of coaching even if you are high up on the food chain. Imagine this:
A VP has a goal of being more inclusive. She knows this is an area where breakthroughs would make a big difference to her success. She asks Bob, a line level manager, to be her coach with regard to improving inclusion. She acknowledges that this is one of his strengths and says that she would like to learn from him.
What does this do?
1. Helps the VP improve.
2. Makes Bob feel great AND more connected to helping the VP be successful.
I know leaders sometimes hesitate to ask for coaching from people who hold positions lower on the org chart, but this is dumb and outright offensive. If the VP is lousy at inclusion, everyone knows it. There is no downside and lots of upside in being real about our weaknesses and seeking help.
What are you lousy at? In what ways do you drive people insane (you do, we all do)? Everyone knows the answer to these questions even if we are too dense to see or admit our weaknesses.
Let’s get over that and get the coaching we need to be great. We can all be great with the right coaching.