19 Reasons You Need Coaching (Especially Reason #8)

Reasons You Need Coaching

“The one thing people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them. A coach really, really helps.” Google CEO, Eric Schmidt

  1. You want to improve a relationship or all your relationships
  2. You want to accept and love yourself
  3. You want to learn from someone who has already been there and done it
  4. You want someone to hold you accountable (encourage you when you want to quit and tell you the truth when you lie to yourself)
  5. You want to clear a path to a better future
  6. You want a sounding board to bounce thoughts and ideas off of (someone to listen and ask questions)
  7. You want an objective, unbiased assessment of a situation within your life
  8. You want a safe place to express yourself (vent emotions, admit fears and express doubts) and be heard
  9. You want a positive perspective beyond your own
  10. You want someone to shoot straight without the sugarcoating
  11. You want to break a bad habit
  12. You want to develop better habits
  13. You want to be more successful (in any area, really)
  14. You need help getting unstuck
  15. You want to avoid as much pain, stress and frustration as possible
  16. You want to better understand yourself and your own possibilities
  17. You want an outside view on an issue
  18. You want someone to help guide you through reflection and analysis
  19. You value the advice of Michael Jordan, Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt who enthusiastically embrace coaching

“I don’t need a coach. I’m an established CEO. Why would I need a coach?” Google CEO, Eric Schmidt before he understood the wisdom of having a coach.

Watch the video to hear Google CEO, Eric Schmidt answer that very question

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Eric: Over the years I’ve received so many different kinds of advice, I don’t know where to start. One that comes to mind is to have a coach. Our board member in 2002, John Doerr, said “You need a coach.”And, I said, “Well, I don’t need a coach. I’m an established CEO. Why would I need a coach? Is something wrong?”

He said, “No, no, no. You need a coach. Everybody needs a coach.”

So Bill Campbell became my coach and has served Google very well. Every famous athlete, every famous performer, has somebody who’s a coach, somebody who can watch what they’re doing and say, “Is that what you really meant? Did you really do that?” They can give them perspective.

The one thing people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them. A coach really, really helps.

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