2017 – Strange New Worlds

This last year has been quite a journey for us all.

As a nation, as business people, as citizens of this amazing blue marble we share with 7 billion fellow humans. Every one of us is undertaking a unique journey, and  I am certain that somehow we will find a way to make it all work.

My personal journey continues as I stick to my life-long mission of figuring all this stuff out. Yea, I know that’s a fool’s journey as I’m certain never to be done. Still, I expect to live a long time, and I want to be sure that I always have something interesting to do.

A core part of that mission is to continue to study, practice, and improve my abilities as a coach.

Many years ago I made a smart decision to become one of the charter members of Coachville, a new brainchild of the late Thomas Leonard, the “father” of modern coaching. He promised a lifetime of top quality coach training, and his legacy has been honored and fulfilled by Dave Buck, the Master Coach who stepped up to keep Coachville alive after Thomas’ passing. Over the years I joined program after program at Coachville to strengthen my coaching and to grow personally. Now, I’m setting out to do something I haven’t done before, which is to redefine everything about my business for this new century.

It began with a select group of Coachville coaches who wanted a better way to create powerful positive change in the world. This amazing group of people is reaching far outside their comfort zone to transform themselves and the planet through coaching. I look forward to sharing some of their part of the journey in the future.

My own journey included a few people who chose to come on board with me as Players (aka, clients) in mid-2016 as I started testing my new paradigm. (You may have been one of those people.) That initial test period lasted about 4 months, and I saw some pretty amazing stuff happen. Now, we are moving into phase 2, which is an “all in with select players” model designed to shift all the momentum into massive player results.

The Coaching Enterprise

These are the unique characteristics of what I call The Coaching Enterprise: “going where no man has gone before.” Well, this man anyway. (Thanks and apologies to Gene Roddenberry.)

An “all in” approach with Players.

I’ve shifted away from the usual coaching model of limited conversation “about” what a player is doing toward a deeply engaged relationship that is creative in finding ways for the player and coach to interact for more real-world, real-time impact.

I’m a Player too.

I am not a guru. My role is to explore and experiment along with my players and to keep learning and getting better, just as I want them to do. When I have special or specific knowledge, I don’t hold back if it will take a Player out of struggle and into results and learning. I have my own coach who tells me the truth, calls me on my BS, and won’t let me wimp out when there’s a big play to make. I’ll do the same for my Players.

I have to keep a short list of Players on my roster.

Because of the level of connection between coach and player, I have to severely limit the number of players. The personal limit that I have chosen for myself is 9 players. If a player arrives who is ready for me, they may have to wait until there is an opening. (I have plans for a second tier coaching program down the line, but that will come after the main team and process is flowing.)

I have no fee schedule.

“Huh?” is the usual response when I mention this. I’ll explain.

After getting acquainted with someone who might be a good fit for our roster, if I see a good fit I will invite the potential player to make me an offer. It is up to each prospective player to make choices about what they want to accomplish and what that is worth to them. After I receive players’ offers I will make choices based on my personal desire to work with each player, the financial offer, and other factors such as access to larger markets, introductions, public praise, etc. In other words, while I will NOT be doing free coaching – I have to be paid, or I can’t afford to show up – money isn’t the ONLY factor.

We talk this through in detail with every potential player so everyone is comfortable and feels treated fairly.

Players sign on for a 90 day season.

I am doing this for multiple reasons. First, it is simply a proven fact that the outer limit for most people’s peak individual motivation is about 90 days. Second, the end date tends to establish urgency because the time horizon is short. In other words, it’s hard to procrastinate when you can hear the clock ticking. Furthermore, having a roster that rotates new players in and puts some on the bench now and then is good for the dynamic. We all need some time off now and then. Furthermore, it’s good to mix things up with new people and new games.

Players can do back-to-back seasons.

Players may sign on for additional periods depending on availability and their offer. Sometimes things are clicking between the Player and Coach, and it makes sense to just keep moving ahead from season to season.

If this feels attractive to you, go to CoachMichael.com and arrange a meeting. If you are within 1 hour of Arlington, we can arrange to meet face to face. Otherwise, there are Skype, Zoom, and (gasp) the telephone.

Yes, phones are still pretty good communication tools!


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