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One big problem we run into as business coaching professionals is resistance: Resistance to Change which, in our world, is equivalent to Resistance to Coaching.
You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. --Ralph Marston
Great way to start the week – I’m going to continue from last Monday's topic about the leadership qualities of reality, goal oriented and optimism.
Last week I talked about how we, as business coaches, can bring reality and goal orientation to our clients. This week I am finishing off with discussing how we can instil optimism through their coaching and mentoring.
How is it a business coach comes in, sits down with the manager and find out all that is wrong or feels wrong with a business, and is still somehow make an optimist out of their client?
Well, let me just say you’d better be able to, or you won’t be getting much business coaching time from him. If there’s two things business coaches do it’s create a reality check and then build optimism.
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In his book “Learned Optimism,” Martin Seligman suggests that part of being an optimist requires the ability to not own a problem or take things personally.
How do you think this works with the whole concept of accountability that we, as business coaches, try to inspire? Do you think the two ideas are in conflict? How can both optimism and being realistic be qualities in the same leader?
I'm sure you have comments to add to this – what's your take on optimism and leadership? How does it fit in with goal setting? With reality?
Hmm…I think I feel a coaching challenge coming on. Look for this topic as one of the FocalPoint Business Coaching Challenges that we do every Wednesday on this blog.