I discovered coaching while I was learning to be a manager. Feeling lost and overwhelmed, I kept wondering if perhaps I just wasn't up to the job, or was missing some innate talent for it. I had heard of coaching, but worried it would require changing something fundamental about myself, in order to fit in better with what I thought the company needed.
From the beginning, my coach helped me see new possibilities. Becoming a leader meant expanding myself and building fluency in different kinds of rituals, perspectives, and tools. It didn't mean changing who I was. In fact, it meant becoming more of me—more whole, more integrated, more vulnerable, more present. It's an ongoing process, and coaching has shepherded me through it.
Inspired by my own coach and my podcast co-host Diana, I began practicing co-active coaching, which is founded on the idea that you have within you all the wisdom and creativity you need. A coach is there to help you dig deep and find it.
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