I often hear: “If I am the boss, why would I need a coach?” Even the boss could benefit from a different perspective when creating goals and accountability for his/her company. I recently read in the July 2009 issue of Fortune magazine in the article ”The Best Advice I Ever Got”, that the Chairman and CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt , said the best advice he ever got was to hire a coach. He admitted his initial reaction was if I am the boss, why would I need a coach? In his words “How could a coach advise me if I am the best person in the world at this? …A coach is somebody who looks at something with another set of eyes, describes it to you in his words, and discusses how to approach the problem”. So it’s not about the coach being on the same playing field as you, it’s about being able to give you perspective you might not have otherwise. It’s about having someone to assist in recognizing different approaches to problems that might not be evident on the surface.
Coaching can help in a myriad ways and in various workplace situations. It can help with decision making, accountability, and conflict resolution. As Schmidt mentions in the Forbes article: “When there is a business conflict you tend to get rat-holed into it.” His coach’s advice was “to rise one step higher, above the person at the other side of the table, and take the long view… you’re letting it bother you, don’t.” Coaches can offer strategies and help executives and entrepreneurs look at the specific thought process which may contribute to less than ideal working situations.
Entrepreneurs and executives can also benefit from group coaching. It is a way to share ideas and learn about alternatives from people who are experiencing the same issues. It can also help in creating goals and accountability. Besides just a large coaching session, it actually becomes a mastermind and accountability group. Who couldn’t benefit from that?
I currently have groups for entrepreneurs who are just beginning to build a new business? Do you feel excited yet overwhelmed about how to get it all done? Learn how to build your business one goal at a time and turn overwhelm into action that works with your natural working style. If you are an entrepreneur who is building a new business, my Entrepreneur in Action group is an ideal way to create goals, share ideas, and get encouragement from other entrepreneurs. The group is limited to six participants and includes a one hour group coaching call and private online forum. Participants will get one on one coaching during the group coaching call throughout the six week group class.
The accountability factor is what makes these goal setting groups so successful. If you are serious about making your goals a reality, these groups are a perfect setting to develop plans and be supported by a positive people. If you are interested in information or signing up for these groups, please visit www.corelifedesign.com or e-mail Laura@corelifedesign.com