... is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC
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2017 - Do
You Take Risks?
the last ten years, since its inception, I have bought the
"Woman's Advantage" calendar which has a quote per
day from a successful business woman. The quote for today
was... "Not taking risks may be the riskiest move of
all" by Valerie Young. www.changingcourse.com.
quote was very apropos as I'd literally just gotten off the
phone with a client who called to share good news about his
choice to take a risk. Matt and I had been working together
for almost two years, as he reminded me, and I smiled as I
remembered the beginning of the engagement VERY well. Let's
tell the story from the beginning...
arrange business coaching for Matt, Robert the Human Resources
director, and I had an instant rapport on our first call.
Robert shared that he was interested in a coaching engagement
for Matt his creative director. And so...Matt's journey began.
six months, it became obvious that Robert, the HR Director,
was a very "execution" oriented type of person. We
discovered that Matt's strengths were the total opposite, not
surprising as Matt was perfectly suited to his creative
director role. In the schedule "check-in" meeting
with Robert, I remember so well explaining that the two men
had such different strengths and Robert's strong reaction.
His reaction was that he did not care that Matt was not
"execution" oriented, he needed Matt to be more
"results" oriented and help move the organization
towards getting programs out the door and delivered to
customers. The meeting became uncomfortable and Robert left
Matt and I with the distinct impression that Matt needed to
step way out of his comfort zone and become a better
pondered the result of this meeting for days and when Matt and
I next had a coaching session; Matt agreed to "step
up" to Robert's request. Over the next year, in his own
way, Matt began to improve the creative process and found ways
to smooth out program delivery. The organization became
more successful and began running larger and larger campaigns.
Matt did all of this without a direct team that reported to
him, it was all on a matrixed, work together organizational
structure. They also won some industry awards. I also
encouraged Matt to promote himself both internally to his
organization and externally to his industry.
forward and our coaching sessions have evolved from Matt
talking about technical improvements to strategic initiatives
for the organization that he has taken upon himself to create
and implement...and then the call came today. Matt was
told by Robert and the head of the organization that they were
going to take six people and create a team that will report to
Matt that will have the sole responsibility to continue
creatively developing and delivering programs to their clients
and move the business forward. Matt and I both were: elated,
Matt took the risk of being open to coaching when Robert
first invited him to meet with me. Then upon hearing
some harsh feedback from Robert about him having to step out
of his comfort zone and deliver anyway, Matt did exactly
that. His reward for thinking as a global owner
instead of an individual contributor was bigger that he had
ever thought would happen in this company. As his coach, I
am ecstatic for him and honored that he had to call me and
immediately share his good news.
my readership, I would suggest that if you have been thinking
about pro-actively taking a risk - or if you have gotten some
feedback about making a change that involves taking a risk DO
IT. As the calendar quote said, "Not
taking risks may be the riskiest move of all."
if you take a risk your inner
leader will shine and you just might get a larger
reward that you ever thought possible.
Coach Vickie Bevenour
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Certified Coach and a member of the International Coach Federation
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