December 7, 2018 - Issue 18-48

Good afternoon  ,

With each year in my advancing age, I strive to reflect more on my business and life experience. It's painfully obvious to me that there have been many times when I was less than receptive to new ideas.

It seems that, when we're oblivious, we seldom realize we're oblivious! 

August Turak is another of my recent LinkedIn acquaintances.   Here he reflects on the traits necessary to be coachable - to accept, take to heart, and take to action better ways of conducting ones's affairs, be they in business or in life.

Something I've noticed about life and business is that they're very similar in many ways. What works best in life usually works best in business, and vice versa. The topics you deal with may be different - the approaches that work best in addressing those topics are very similar.

Without more fanfare, here are the traits August suggests lead to coachability:
  • Humility - Be ready to "look up to" your coach or mentor.
  • Action bias - Look for opportunities, act when you find them, and be open to serendipity.
  • Purity of purpose - Seek knowledge, rather than wealth or fame.
  • Willingness to surrender control - Accept that your coach/mentor knows where he or she is leading you.
  • Faith - See the comment above under "Willingness to surrender control".
Everything I've read from August is wrapped up in a story, and this is no exception. He relates his search for "people who could teach me how to live a life worth living" after he had dropped out of college. 

August engages the reader (I hope that's you!) with his experience being mentored by one of the "coolest people around". He met this guy by inquiring at bookstores for such people.

Enjoy August Turak's story - and strive to be coachable!

For my monthly subscribers, I'll take this opportunity to wish you Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday you may celebrate at this time of year, since my next "touch" with you will be in the new year. And Happy New Year - hope it's all good!

John Stevens


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About John

Throughout a career spanning over 45 years my management style has been one of building teams to bring several competent people together to focus on a common objective. I noted early in my career that, in most organizations, there is an enormous amount of time, energy, and effort wasted by people working at cross purposes.

As I transition to life in the Argentine outback, my focus shifts from coaching to helping other business coaches and advisers get their message out to their prospective clients. With my first-hand knowledge of the benefits of effective business coaching, I am uniquely qualified to help business advisers of all stripes convey their message.

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