A prior Coaching client of my own has recently taken-up the mantle, himself.
It makes good sense. Walker is a very bright and insightful man. He’s had a fascinating career-path and has genuinely begun to sort-out what he is good at, what he wants to do, and who needs him. In fact, once he convinced me of all that it was relatively simple for me to then put on my recruiting hat and place him with one of my professional services clients clients as a sales leader.
Walker sent me an email recently outlining his activity with his first coaching client. He shared with me his words around, “the journey”:
The bottom line is that you get to decide what you want your purpose to be. That is the whole idea of freedom that God gave us from the beginning.
The blog a few blogs lower on failure applies to the importance of allowing yourself the freedom to continually discover new purpose or rediscover old purpose. It’s the journey we discussed last Monday. The journey may be riddled with success and failure, but it is purpose that gives the entire journey true value.
That prompted my response to him (which I’ve augmented for this post, after additional thought):
So… Are you a “life” coach? A “business” coach, or a “balance” coach. Or, are you a coach that is focused on leveraging the Bible to drive activity?
Maybe you will respond, all of the above. That will make for an interesting puzzle for your own clients.
By the way… There is a coach for every client. Just like there is investment capital for every project. However, that does not mean it should happen. Don’t take offense to that. I’m still your coach, for life. Just be mindful of it.
It’s what you don’t know that can kills you. And, what you don’t teach could kill someone else.
All that said, beware of taking the “broad” approach to both coaching and the guidance you leverage. The “journey”, and/ or “life is a journey” position is a slippery slope.
Most people, executives in particular, need specific goals, objectives and milestones. This drives behavior and results. The leader that does not want these things more often needs to be a follower. That is why they feel they don’t have a purpose.
By the way… I’m thinking Walker needs to use “Walker” as part of his own branding, and part of his approach. Perhaps something like, “Cloud Walking”, or “Talkers and Walkers”, as in learning how to “walk your talk”. If he is successful we all win.
Let’s be part of the Solution.
brian patrick cork