by Larry Sharp
When I was a collegiate hockey player, it never dawned on me that I might not need a coach. Not only did the coaches help me with personal skill development like skating, passing, shooting, and checking, but also how to develop my team play so together we could be successful. Although I had good coaches and poor coaches, I always knew that I needed a coach.
Why then did it not dawn on me that I needed a coach when I was supervising 120 employees just months after graduating from university? It was not like I had a super-mentoring boss because I did not, and I don’t think I was arrogant and thought that I knew it all. Why did I not think I needed a mentor?
While it is true that my management career began long before Bill Gates affirmed that “everyone needs a coach”, I have often reflected on why it is that people still today think they don’t need a mentor, or a coach or consulting help? These few thoughts are intended to help encourage business owners and managers to seek a coach, mentor or consultant. Read more