An interesting post in his own blog by my client and friend Simon Reilly over in Vancouver about the benefits of our coaching call on Tuesday. Which is ironic because yesterday I asked my good friend Simon Hocken to coach me on my business planning for the next 12 months. There is a danger that this is sounding like some sort of paper-chain of coaches coaching coaches – and I know that a lot of cash changes hands in the global coaching community this way, with the cynics suggesting that coaches are coaching coaches because they can’t find any other clients! I suspect like all good cynical assumptions, there is an element of truth. Well I have plenty of clients thank you – and I happen to know that both Simons do as well. But what I needed was an informed and objective view of my professional evolution and I knew I would get that from Simon Hocken because:
He has known me for 8 years;
He never accepts my b/s;
He ran 2 succesful dental practices for 20 years and knows the business of dentistry and what dentists want;
He is a trained, qualified and experienced coach.
Pretty good credentials – and the proof of that pudding was an excellent conversation, masterfully directed. As the clock struck 5.00pm, over 7 hours of conversation suddenly came into focus and a mental log-jam that has plagued me since March this year was swept away. Today I am going to continue that conversation, moving from strategy to tactics. I could not do this without a coach in attendance.