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louis-amal-365211You’re super busy. I get that – we all have lives totally crammed with activities, obligations, and tasks.

That’s a choice you’ve made. And that’s OK.

But the important distinction is that there’s usually a gap between what you intend and what you deliver. When the gap gets too big, that’s a problem.

Let’s say that I told my friend I’d meet her at 6:00. That’s pretty clear, right? Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve been having some great discussions with Ariana Friedlander – she’s a marketing professional based here in Fort Collins.  She wrote an article yesterday entitled 5 Reasons Why Not Knowing How To Do Something Should Never Stop You From Doing It.  It’s well worth a read!

I work with people all the time who struggle with this – they know they want to move ahead, but struggle to take the next step because it all seems so scary.  Sometimes they rely on me as a coach to help “give them courage.”

But I don’t really.

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It happened to me this week:  My PC got a nasty virus and was incapacitated for a couple of days.  In my case, I was lucky – only a minor amount of information was lost.

I know, I know, everybody always tells you:  Back Up Your PC.

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It’s strange how the universe works.

I was talking with someone just this morning about the idea that starting a change process, and then abandoning it, is extremely damaging.  It hurts your reputation as a leader, it makes people cynical, and it destroys any progress you’ve made.  The likelihood of being able to change something NEXT time is greatly reduced.

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Business coaching can be deceptively simple, because the mechanics are so straightforward.  The coach asks questions, you answer, you have a conversation and explore.  You come to decisions.

It’s not rocket science.

But when you dig below that, there’s a much deeper dynamic going on.  Here’s some of the major reasons why coaching is different from other conversations:

  • Your coach totally adopts your objectives and goals.  There are no others.
  • The coach has the freedom and initiative to ask some challenging questions, but in a way that helps you arrive at useful answers.
  • The coach doesn’t create internal blocks to progress, instead is working constantly to remove them.
  • Your coach maintains a sense of humor, lightness, and creativity.  This builds a “space” where discussions will make rapid progress, and where you’ll have enthusiasm for following through to the next step.

Primarily, though, you can think of a coach as your “second brain” – someone who will have a discussion with you which is confidential, challenging, and useful.  You can display a bit of weakness and uncertainty without getting pounced on, without hurting the relationship.

These days, that kind of conversation is quite rare.  Most business owners have a strong sense of being alone:  They’re expected to have all the answers, to show confidence, to never have doubts.

But of course we all have doubts and fears.  We’re human.

I’ve given many presentations over the years, and I’ve adopted an important principle:  If I want to do a good job, I create the slides myself.  Preferably from scratch.

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