“I don’t need a coach, I’m already successful!”
This was the indignant response of a lady to whom coaching was suggested by one of my clients.
This unfortunately is a wide spread misconception about coaching. I myself once believed this statement. Most people incorrectly believe that coaching is only for underperformers. They believe that asking for support or having a coach means they are not successful.
According to the Chatered Institute of Personnel and Development, the overall purpose of coach-mentoring is to provide help and support for people in an increasingly competitive and pressurized world in order to help them:
- Develop their skills Improve their performance,
- Maximise their potential
- And to become the person they want to be
John Whitmore the preeminent thinker in leadership and organisational change, defines coaching as unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance.
Maximizing you or your business’ performance is a recurring theme because that is what it is all about. Coaching or mentoring is supposed to enable you to up the ante on whatever level you are currently playing at. It really is about personal development and pushing and challenging yourself to do that little more better than you care currently doing.
Usain bolt is a champion runner but he is still being coached to run faster.
Richard Branson is a very wealthy entrepreneur but he has a team of advisers or board helping him to increase his businesses performance.
So ask yourself again – Are you operating at your maximum potential?