We were wrapping up the second day of my leadership coaching program in Dublin, Ireland, for a team of Oracle leaders throughout the EMEA region. As we went around the room, listening to people share their aha moments, one manager said, “Keith, I totally believe in coaching and how important it is to develop this skill and mindset to effectively coach my people so they can develop their talents and gifts to achieve excellence. However, I'm struggling with trying to fit coaching around all of my other responsibilities.”
Before I could respond, another manager jumped in and said, “Wait, you need to look at this in a different way. You can't ask yourself how you're going to fit coaching around all of your other responsibilities. You have to ask yourself how you're going to fit all of your other responsibilities around coaching.”
That's the fundamental shift managers need to make in their thinking to truly make coaching your number‐one priority. Don't ask yourself where you want to be or where you want your team to be tomorrow. Ask yourself, “Where do I want to be in a month from now? Three months from now? A year from now?”
You see, the choices you made in the past created your life and your career today. The exciting part is, the choices you make today, will create the life and career you want tomorrow.