Member Since: 3rd Mar 2010
Leadership Development trainer and coach for 20 years, during which time I have worked with nearly 10,000 people worldwide. I bring that experience into the room.
Recently published "My Job Isn't Working! Ten proven ways to boost your career mojo", which achieved Amazon Best Seller status on its first day of availability.
Principal Michael Brown Training
24th Feb 2015
Thank you Spencer.
I find myself wondering whether we in the training world can find this abundance mentality challenging because we allow ourselves to get all wound up in in IP and copyright protection? Probably because there are quite a few disreputable types who pass off others 'content as their own, sadly. As a result we may find giving away content not exactly an obvious thing to do.
20th Jan 2011
Interesting point you make, and well done for having the courage to make it! It resonated well with me, and for sure I have met several business coaches who to my mind lacked the credibility and personal experience to be able to offer what I would deem to be meaningful coaching in the fields they worked in.
Having said that, a word in their defence: someone once shared with me a very useful metaphor to characterise the difference between coaching and mentoring: a mentor is someone who is travelling the same road as you, but is further down it and knows where the bumps and potholes are. A coach is not on the same road, but travelling a parallel one to the coachee. Do they need to have experience in the filed on order to be able to coach it?
I would argue that in some cases they do need it, most likely in what I would call technical coaching. But for Life coaching, perhaps the fact that they are ont on the same road can be helpful? One of the best coaching sessions I ever experienced was given to me by someone who knew very little about my field, but helped me to see it for what it was, leading to a breakthrough in my career development.
So, I take your point but dont think it applies to all fields of coaching.
Thanks for raising the issue!