Being in business with someone is a bit like being married, or being in a long term relationship. The marriage not only creates much more than the individual, it also brings new dynamics, stresses, opportunities and challenges that were not there before.
In marriage there are children, a house and life together. In business there is the building of a company there are employees, a business and systems/policies and procedures. What is created is larger than the founders/owners.
Enter the role of the coach. Before marriage each individual gets themselves sorted out (perhaps seeing a counsellor or a psychologist) but then they marry. The help they had before assisted them each to be whole, but now their relationship brings together a whole new range of issues. Eventually they may well need relationship counselling, marriage support or enrichment.
I have always had mentors – older men and women who might not have expertise in my field, but they know me, and can call me to account. They have been friends, or they have sat on the board of organisations I lead. But I found myself this week reaching out to a business coach (Ross Sutherland). Nine months ago Jaemin and I joined forces in business. Six months ago Jaemin went on long service leave. This week we have begun previewing our plans for 2013 and we found ourselves needing outside advice – both for the corporation and for ourselves as owners.
I guess it’s an example of smoking what you sell (we are after all a coaching company). All good restauranteurs should eat out at other establishments, and experience other chefs.
Robert is an expert in the science of human behaviour and performance enhancement with a passion for neurology, leadership and the psychology of potential. He believes it is important to bring hard science to coaching, and that coaching practices be evidence based and research backed. Robert is a founding partner at Frazer, Holmes Coaching and current Director of Brand and Marketing for the International Coach Federation Australasia (ICFA). Robert is a professionally certified coach (PCC) with over 20 years of business experience and an ICF Accredited Mentor Coach. He is an Associate at the National Speaker's Association, a member of the Coaching Psychology interest group at the APS, a certified Action Learning Coach, a Member of the Australian Institute of Management Consultants.