I’m an executive coach for my business and corporate clients, but I also have received coaching from three swim and sports coaches! And what I’ve discovered lately is that different coaches have different points of view, know different methodologies, and approach sports and swimming training differently. Having three coaches was probably one of my keys to completing the 4.4-mile Chesapeake Bay Swim this year.
Business professionals might benefit from multiple coaches. When I meet my clients, some previously may have worked with a coach who helped them leverage their talents. The coach might have been a great fit at the time to help them learn a new skill or to address a behavior that was impeding their progress. They also may be currently learning from trainings, classes, and coaching on presentation skills. But they need me to conduct a 360 to help them address and improve, for example, their emotional intelligence or to learn to be more strategic.
Remember the book Multipliers, which explains that surrounding yourself with many smart people pays off? Well, it’s a little bit the same way with coaches.
The right coaches complement each other and can help amplify results. Rob, my first coach, and his wife, Stephanie, have watched me evolve from running marathons to completing small triathlons. They even met me and two friends at the Chesapeake Bay swim a few years ago, which I couldn’t finish. Because my training pool was closed during COVID, I started training in two other venues. One masters group introduced me to Jerry, and the other to Mingi.
Rob has been scheduling my weekly training swims for years. I trained last year with Jerry at the Berkeley Swim Club on Sunday mornings and with Mingi at the YMCA Meadowlands during the week. Jerry drilled everyone in hour-and-a-half sessions and started teaching me how to build and time my swims. Mingi was the drill master with IM - individual medley event (butterfly, one arm, the other, both arms followed by back stroke, breaststroke and freestyle). She is relentless and worked on our breathing as well. We also had a What’s app where she posted the workouts if we missed a morning, just to tempt us to go back the next day. I’ve never so much felt camaraderie and engagement in a sport. Talk about staying motivated!
Becoming Our Best in Community
I coach participants in career advancement programs where everyone is learning together, taking classes, and working on their career leadership development plans. They are surrounded by knowledge, learning from their managers, peers, mentors, and sponsors. When you are surrounded by other people striving to be their best, learning together, getting coached and supported by many, and learning at the same time, a momentum is created that keeps you motivated.
One of the best parts of these career advancement programs is that they are done with a lot of support as well as peer encouragement. Rob and Stephanie continually send emails throughout the year to all their athletes celebrating wins. Mingi was a natural in creating a sense of community and camaraderie. Every time I show up for these races I meet enthusiastic fellow swimmers who have trained and who wants to do their best.
Leaders I’ve coached have benefited from advisors, managers who took interests in their leadership growth and in previous coaches who’ve helped them in their leadership journeys. I love joining them in helping them and focus on helping them where they are at in their journey.
When it comes to career advancement, leaders can benefit from diverse coaches, mentors, champions, and sponsors throughout their career. I’ve seen the benefits in the career advancement programs I’ve coached in and in the power of leaders having multiple points of support in reaching their career goals. It amplifies results.
There may be a lot changing around us but striving to get better, doing what you enjoy, learning to do it better, and doing it with a community and a base of support maybe what it’s all about.
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