I love this quote that was in the Chicago Tribune, “Who exactly seeks out a coach? Winners who want more out of life.” If this is even partly true my question is why don’t more people seek out coaching. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the best advice he ever got was to hire a coach. At first he said he resisted because he was the boss, at the top of the food chain, but once he understood that a coach doesn’t have to play the sport as well as you do. That they have to watch you and get you to be your best, he was sold. In the business context a coach is not a repetitious coach. A coach is somebody who looks at something with another set of eyes, describes it to you in [his] words, and discusses how to approach the problem.
Most people will spend money on many different things, but when it comes to improving themselves people will shy away from spending money on personal self-improvement. All great performers who are the best in their particular arena have coaches. Steph Curry the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA has a shooting coach, Barry Bonds, the best hitter I have seen, with or without PED’s, had a hitting coach. As Eric Schmidt has intimated, most top executives have a coach, not just for business but in life.
Back in 2014 I wrote about an article I read where former 49er offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was asked how tough was it to coach hall of Famer Steve Young when Knapp was Young’s quarterback coach. Knapp said it was actually “easy” to coach Steve Young, Knapp went on to say the “great ones want to be coached”.