There is no better feeling than wrapping up a productive client meeting. Working in tandem with a high achiever that wants to grow is enormously satisfying. Most days, it doesn’t feel like work at all, but rather an energizing partnership through which my clients and I both evolve. My work feels important. I have a purpose. It takes energy, focus and commitment. It involves listening and asking questions. And it requires a deep sense of caring, and a desire for others to achieve and be more than what they ever imagined.
I’m an executive coach. It’s all I do. I make a good living, support my family, and have a wonderful life. I have total control over my destiny, and can work as much or as little as I like. And I’m a valued resource for some really cool people. Most of the time I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. Many days I pinch myself while thinking geez, I’m actually getting paid to do this!
Coaching is defined by the International Coach Federation as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. This feels particularly important to me in today’s uncertain and complex environment.
Coaching is a resource gaining in popularity because it is a process that helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential. Other reasons for growth in coaching include rapid changes in the business environment including downsizing, restructuring, mergers and other organizational changes. Organizations can no longer achieve results using traditional management approaches. In addition, the war for talent means that leaders need to up their game especially in the area of employee retention and engagement.
In short, coaching helps individuals and companies focus on what matters most in life and business, and so the industry continues to grow. And many organizations are leveraging the coaching process by helping leaders develop leadership coaching skills that can be used in the moment while on the job.
I started coaching at the ripe young age of 43. My only regret is that I didn’t start much sooner. But I guess all that I experienced in the preceding years helped develop the intuition and worldview that I bring to coaching.
If you’re at a crossroads in your leadership and/or career journey, think about coaching. How might coaching bring value to you and those around you?