Miller’s Monday Morning Message
presented by ACM Consulting Inc.
Andrew Miller on operational excellence, strategy, life balance and everything in between
Toronto – August 5, 2013
Many of the best athletes in the world recognize that there is always room for improvement. They realize that they can get even better at what they do, so they hire a coach to help them get there. Tiger Woods had a swing coach even when he was dominating professional golf. Michael Jordan always had coaches helping him get better. Pete Sampras had a personal coach even when he was winning grand slam events. The point is that it is important to have a coach to help you get better at what you do. In sports, we aren’t always capable of improving our own performance so hiring the right coach or mentor or adviser can help us improve faster and more effectively.
So why is hiring a coach or mentor perceived so differently in the business world? Why is it perceived by some as a sign of weakness when a senior executive hires a coach? Why are some senior executives fearful that by hiring a coach or mentor or adviser it is a sign of weakness? The same principles from above apply. Some top executives realize that an outside influence is what they need but others are fearful of being perceived as weak or as a failure because they can’t do it on their own. This is simply a matter of self-esteem. If you recognize that you can improve and have high enough self-esteem, you will do what it takes to achieve those improvements. Hiring an outside adviser is not a sign of weakness, it’s just the opposite. It takes high self esteem to acknowledge that you can achieve more with an outside perspective and someone guiding you along the way, and then doing something about it.
If it works for Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Pete Sampras and other world-class athletes, then it should be good enough for all of us as well.
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