I love my job.
I just finished a coaching session with a successful client.
She’s a VP with a multibillion dollar global high tech firm. We’ve been working together for several months to help her extend her leadership skills, and the leadership skills of her direct reports.
Today she told me that she has just been identified as one of the “Top 20 Future Leaders” in the company, and is a part of an elite group being groomed for future senior executive roles.
She has done a ton of work over the last year to grow. I’m really proud of her. She graciously says that working with me has been an important part of her development, and her opportunity to be a part of that elite leadership program.
When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.
One of the other things that has been fun for me is watching how, by learning a few key practices, she has become an insightful thought leader in the organization. She says:
Isn’t it scary that I’m one of the thought leaders here?
No, it’s not scary. It’s not even surprising. Her company is so “busy” that few leaders are making the time and effort to think. Her investment in some simple disciplines helped her to stand out from the crowd. That is really satisfying for me as her coach.
What about you?
I can’t promise that you’ll be a key thought leader in your organization or that you’ll be selected to be a part of an elite leadership succession plan.
What I can promise you is that if you make the commitment to grow and the investment in yourself, that you WILL grow. You will see new opportunities and can be more thoughtful and more influential.
If you’re ready to think about taking a step to grow, give me a call.
But hiring a coach is weird!
For “technical” leaders it is unusual, sure. Do you want to be at the top of your field? Do you want to stand out?
But I’m smart, skilled and accomplished. Do I really need a coach?
- Article: Intuit’s CEO (Quicken) on “Why you need a Business Coach”
- Fortune Video: Eric Schmidt (former CEO of Google) on why everyone needs a coach.
How much is this going to cost?
I can work with you to put together a plan for growth, no matter what your budget. (I just wrapped up a 4 month communications coaching/blended learning program for a client that only cost him $600.)
The fact is, coaching works. Period. If it didn’t, there’s no way that college football coaches would even have jobs. Top athletes know that they have their best shot at peak performance by working with a coach. You can work with a coach, too.
Now is a great time. You don’t have to wait until “after the holidays.”
Lots of projects will be kicking off in January.
“When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.”