The river runs deep
I’m not sure who coined the phrase “Every coach needs a coach”, but as someone who has delivered business mentoring and coaching for many years, I know how true it is.
Coaches are, in the main, people who derive great personal fulfilment from helping others, but they often take too much on. Many combine a coaching role with employment or other business models. Often the work they do supports individuals in executive and demanding, stressful roles.
Coaches benefit from deep reserves of energy, ongoing self-development and a continuous creative urge to nurture. Whether they are running their own coaching business, or working as an internal coach, they also need great planning and business skills.
So you can appreciate that a coach might need their own coach, in particular in areas where they themselves are less skilled. It’s a bit like a plumber with a leaky tap, a coach is busy helping other people, but they often put their own needs last.
I’ve really tried to honour my own needs over recent years and have attended several retreats and courses where I’ve learned how to build my own resilience and understand how my body responds to challenge. I’ve been taught by incredible people, in some wonderful locations and I’ve learned how important it is to stop regularly and focus on myself.
Stopping has enabled me to move forwards and find a way to combine my many years of business experience with my new skills. I now bring superb trainers together to deliver retreats where busy individuals can get off the hamster wheel and consider some new ways of responding to this fast moving world of ours.
Now, with one of my retreat trainers Paul King, from the Beyond Partnership, I’ve created a day for coaches/mentors, which explores both personal and business resilience.
If you’re a coach/mentor or adviser, I’d love you to stop and put your own needs first on this day designed especially for you.