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Coaching: A Lifetime of Valuable Lessons

Posted by Kathy Collins

March 6, 2014


The Best Advice I Ever Received:


I'm you may want to call it, I'm new to my position and my company. I'm also lucky.  But, I don't take for granted that that luck was hard earned by a very talented group of inspiring leaders that I've searched out to surround myself with throughout my adult life.  It was single-handedly some of the best advice I ever received, which was: "Ask those around you at every juncture in your life who you admire, who are thought leaders, who are inspirational to you on any level to be part of your "Personal Board of Coaches."  Coaching is not only highly valuable in sales, but in life in general. Now, this may seem like a daunting process when you're right out of college, but believe me, once you have these coaches in place, it becomes invaluable.  My first personal board of coaches started out small.  It was most likely my mom and dad, my fiance, my college roomate and my college counselor. was a start.  It created a habit in me of asking for help from maybe in the beginning of those I knew well, to eventually branching out and asking for help/advice/leadership from those who I wanted to follow, wanted to learn from, or wanted to emmulate.

Why I'm Lucky:

What I love most about my 'board' is that it is the most incredibly diverse group that you could ever put together.  The 'wisest' member of my board is near 80 years old, the youngest, 20 years old.  Each, highly accomplished and full of insight.  I have a board member to cover all facets of my life (i.e. career, friendship, faith, family, relationships, health, hobbies, etc.)  These thought leaders give me balance in decision making and help me consider all facets of an idea before I reach a conclusion.  They give me perspective when I need it and a push out of the nest when I need that too.

I'm lucky because I now have evolving group of 'coaches' that were there to help, guide, cheer, dust me off-pick me up-and set me straight.  You cannot undersestimate the value of that coaching, that personal connection that helps us reach for something better, something bigger, that cheers you on to new experiences and adventures. Likewise, you cannot undersestimate the value of your board advising you to stand still, relax, enjoy this moment.  Either way, I figure it's a win/win situation.

A huge thank you to my 'Board' You know who you are, and I'm grateful for each and every one of you. Without you, I would've never enjoyed the journey or each destination along the way half as much.  Now...go out there and cultivate your own if you haven't already!  It's never too early, or too late, to start this process.

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Topics: Adaptive Leadership

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