At the risk of sounding like a "homer" I'd like to ask you 2 questions:
Question 1: If Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick took to the field at Gillette Stadium and raced from the Goal Line to the 50 Yard Line, who would win?
Question 2: Of the two, who can throw a football further - Brady or Belichick?
Undoubtedly Tom would win both of those challenges. The ability to run fast and accurately throw a football are essential in the game of football. But who is the coach in this situation? Who listens to who? Tom runs faster and has a stronger throwing arm, yet he listens and takes his direction from Bill, the head coach.
Fact is that Tom Brady actually has a number of coaches for both on and off the field. Strength & conditioning, nutrition, presenting & speaking, media, branding, style and wardrobe. He's an incredibly influential person and he relies on people who are knowledgable in their respective fields for insight, direction and advice.
When I speak with people in a leadership role - wether they are a manager at the company they work for, a coordinator of a major event, an influencer, a business owners or a community leader, I'm always intrigued to know if they do get any coaching and if so - who is it?
Unfortunately, the majority of leaders I've spoken to over the years don't seek out any sort of on-going coaching.
In today's world, with access to valuable training easier than it's ever been - why are so many people in leadership positions dismissing the opportunity to become a better leader and build stronger teams?
I tend not to dig too deeply into the conversation with the person because at that point, if they've rejected the concept of on-going coaching or training then they're certainly not going to take my suggestions, but when I have had the chance to dig deeper - these are 3 biggest "obstacles":
1. ("i don't really have the") TIME
So you'd rather waste time chasing your tail while someone else has already figured it out?
- Chances are you have pockets of time that you don't even realize exist. Through the beauty of mobile on-demand audio sessions, commonly called "Podcasts" and technology which links your mobile device to your car's audio system, commonly called "Blue-Tooth" you can turn any car into the classroom and your drive-time is when class is in session. You can also listen on a bus, train, in the shower, working out, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow... you get the picture, right?
2. ("i'm not sure it's worth the" -or- "i don't have the") MONEY
It's free, what are you talking about?
- a) 99.99% of podcasts on iTunes are free, so even if you are in a position where you don't have a budget available to you, it literally costs you nothing to subscribe or download amazing information being posted on a daily basis. There are thousands of podcasts out there with topics ranging from financial, marketing, leadership, management, self-improvement, productivity and many more
Bull Crap. Shut Up. Yes, you do.
- b) Executive Coaching, depending on who you go with can be quite the investment, but lets be honest with ourselves here, if you are a CEO, President, or Business Owner, chances are you can afford it.
Don't kid yourself. How expensive is the car you drive, the home you live in, or the membership to the country club? Look at the case-studies of those who have successfully invested in such coaching and ask yourself - how much is similar success worth to you?
3. (i don't know) WHERE TO FIND IT
Of course you don't, sweetie... that's cause you're not even looking.
- Well, at the bottom of this blog post for starters. Also there's iTunes as well as a crazy site called Google. If you're considering the investment of working with an executive coach, come right out and ask them what they subscribe to online - be it blogs, podcasts, or industry publications and check those out. Now could you just subscribe to those yourself? Sure, but what's the difference in the gym between a prescribed workout on paper or pre-programmed into the elliptical machine vs. having an actual human who is a personal trainer working with you one-on-one. What delivers better & faster results?
- Abraham Lincoln
Have you ever tried to chop wood with a dull ax? I have... It Sucks!
It wastes so much energy and time. You start out ok, but eventually physical exhaustion starts to set in as you are taking 2-4 extra swings per piece. Then comes the mental frustration as you realize it's taking longer than it should. The log you're cutting falls off the block, you let go of the ax and reset the log - literally redoing every step of the process with no results.
You're absolutely cutting something... Your Productivity. In Half.
So is this happening to you professionally?
Are you so caught up in the chaos of the day that you're neglecting one of the fundamental steps that will help you, your team or your company get to the next level?
Would you just stop for a moment and evaluate where you are, where you've come from, and where you're headed - and realize that you're not the only one on that path...
Look to the people ahead of you who are sharing their knowledge and guidance by way of blogs, simple courses and podcasts.
Now look behind you - to the people your leading - Your Team.
They're watching YOU!
They're doing what YOU'VE done!
They have a goal - and YOU are a key to them realizing it!
In conclusion - You don't have to be a manager or have people directly reporting to you to be a leader.
Sometimes the people you lead are those who are above you on the organizational chart.
If you're not a manager or director - now's a great time to get into the habit of taking in that on-going training and education. It's only going to get more hectic as you rise to the top. If you've already developed the habit of consuming professional enrichment, you will accomplish so much more as a leader and accelerate your way to the top whatever goals you have set!
As Promised: Here are some of the podcasts I subscribe to:
- This Is Your Life - Website: http://michaelhyatt.com
- Marketing Over Coffee - Website: http://www.marketingovercoffee.com
- Social Media Marketing - Website: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com
- Beyond The To Do List - Website: http://beyondthetodolist.com
- Duct Tape Marketing - Website: https://www.ducttapemarketing.com
- Entrepreneurs & Coffee - Website: http://entrepreneursandcoffee.com
- Build Your Tribe - Website: http://www.chalenejohnson.com
- The Speaker Lab - Website: http://thespeakerlab.com
- Coaching for Leaders - Website: http://coachingforleaders.com
- Social Pros - Website: http://www.convinceandconvert.com
If you're new to this and want some pointers or suggestions, just send me an email!