Why have a coach? In a lot of ways it boils down to the ‘bottom line’,
a Return on Investment (ROI).
But heck, what does a coach even do? Please continue reading or if you’d just rather ask me,CLICK HERE.
Many who say they are a coach are quasi-mentoring, quasi-consulting and maybe quasi-coaching. I would like to clear up some misconceptions and give information on what a coach, by definition, does.
“What does a coach do” should probably be tackled first because you might see on your own why you could use one. A coach is the process facilitator for your drive, your dreams, your vision for yourself and your undertakings. A coach helps bring awareness and accountability to your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and impediments; and then facilitates turning your ideas into actions. They help unpack your gut instincts into something tangible. Then they draw out of you a more stream-lined set of actions steps that get you there sooner and with far less resistance.
How is this done? It’s not done as a mentor who tells you how they did it. They don’t do it by telling you what to do like a consultant is hired to do. A coach draws out of you what might not be verbalized. And while they do a lot of that by asking questions, more importantly they get you to ask yourself the important questions and put the answers into a plan with specific objectives, a time-line and evident criteria which allows you to see how you are progressing.
You will know a good coach not just by the quality of their questions or by the depth of the answers they draw out of you, but by how much your input is focused on. A mentor tells you what they have done and you ask feedback questions making them the person with the insight. A consultant talks and you go follow their recommendations. In a coaching relationship you are the expert on you, what drives you and where you want to go. A coach helps shed light, clarify and help you make real what you deem is important.
So why have a coach. Well, if Warren Buffet has one that’s good enough for me. But it’s just good advice. Bill Gates, he’s a Tech business owner, in a TED Talk said, “EVERYONE needs a Coach”. And Eric Schmidt said, “Some of the best advice I ever received was to have a coach”. (right-click and open link in a new tab or window for a minute-and-a-half clip.)
By the way, if you don’t know who Eric Schmidt is, he’s past CEO of Google, among other businesses. He is one of a few people who became a billionaire based on stock options received as employees in corporations of which he was neither the founder nor a relative of the founders.
As of January 2016, Forbes ranked Schmidt as the 48th-richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $10.6 billion. When he stepped down as Google’s CEO, Google announced that he would continue as the executive chairman of the company and act as an adviser to co-founders Page and Brin. He obviously has some business smarts.
Obviously Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Eric Schmidt don’t need someone to tell them what to do. But they do see the need to have someone who can help them continue to pull the very best from within themselves. When I coach you, one aspect of your Return on Investment will be that I help you draw out the very best of who you are! So let’s set this in motion; let’s talk today. And don’t forget to ask about the FREE 3 weeks of Peak Performance Coaching offer*!
Shane spent over 20 years working in the Criminal Justice field while concurrently working as a Peak Performance Coach.
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