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Right – buckle up….this is going to be a very open and honest article on something that’s been on my mind for a while.
The coaching industry is booming. And for good reasons.
NEVER before there were so many people lost, confused, overworked and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work (or the opposite…and they are bored….yep – have seen that indeed), never was life so exhausting as it is now.
In my corporate life I personally loathed coaches and consultants (who are clearly not the same – so don’t confuse them), as I had the impression that they were simply overpaid so-called experts telling us what we know already, just packaging it in a plethora of fluffy words and terms.
Admittedly I only worked with a coach once during that time – and that was when I lost a job and the employer paid for some outplacement coaching. In a way that was helpful, still it could not really heal the wounds the situation had created.
A couple of days ago I had one of those lovely hour long drives (travel from Switzerland to Germany on a regular basis), completely on my own (love it) and was mulling some thoughts over...with that result:
I was thinking about the power of “starting at the right end” and what that really means.
So let me go into more detail what I really mean.
I worked in corporates for about 15 years, juggling hundreds of millions and managing teams across a number of countries.
Then I started my own business working with corporates, small and medium businesses and partners.
I also went through 2 failed long-term relationships.
And eventually this one thing struck me big time:
Every time when someone - or I - was stuck we, basically every time, start "problem solving" AT THE BLOODY WRONG END!
....We are going to leadership seminars without knowing how to lead ourselves.
....We learn interpersonal skills to communicate with others without even knowing ourselves or how to...