Slow Down Your Train, Please!

It’s October and I am still wondering what happened to September! Have you ever felt as though you were on a speeding train and realized that it was impossible to enjoy the scenery? Or in today’s virtual world, feel like your head is literally attached to your computer screen? As coaches and trainers, most of us have the good fortune to work virtually. However, to keep our businesses growing, we need to keep our trains going full speed ahead, shifting into high gear to redesign programs, find new enticements for prospective students and clients while squeezing in a tiny bit of time for ourselves.

While making a bit of time for myself this week, I came across a white paper by Andre Keil, Coaching Practice Leader at the Center for Creative Leadership. The excerpt below speaks to the prevalent personal and professional disruption faced by leaders (including ourselves) and reinforces the idea that quality coaching (and training) is needed now, more than ever.

“Finding Opportunity in Disruption
During disruption, coaches can help leaders seize the immense personal and professional opportunities that arise from volatility through conversations that leverage 4 core coaching skills. Using an approach of listening for facts, emotions, and values, asking powerful questions that both create challenge and support, and establishing clear next steps and accountability, these conversations create insight, self-awareness, and most importantly, action.”

This is good news for coach training while reinforcing the signal go full speed ahead to fill our classes and provide coaching to more leaders.

As leaders who are models for our students, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What are you doing to slow your train down on a regular basis?
  2. When you look at the obligations and opportunities in front of you, what does it take for you to be comfortable with “good enough?”
  3. Are you currently working with a coach for yourself?

November will be here before we know it.

With gratitude,