The term “coach” has become a buzzword these days. There are life coaches, health coaches, sales coaches and others. People seem to want someone to “coach” them. However, I believe what people are really wanting is a cheerleader.
In the realm of “personal development” people want to be told, “You can do it! I’m rooting for you.” Cheerleaders tend to offer praise before goal is reached, in hopes of inspiring the players, crowd, etc. to reach the goal. Coaching isn’t quite the same.
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While vacationing with my family at the home of my sister-in-law and her husband, I tried to disconnect as much as possible. That being said, I found myself checking emails each morning and forwarding things to be handled, etc. in my absence. This routine left the rest of my day to enjoy time away from work.
One morning, while checking his email, my sister-in-law’s husband read me an auto-reply from one of his colleagues, who was also on vacation.
“What of do you think of this auto reply?” he asked.
Nine years ago, America experienced the worst natural disaster in its history. When Hurricane Katrina came ashore just east of New Orleans, it left an unprecedented amount of damage in its path. Just when we thought the worst was over, levees broke along Lake Ponchartrain, flooding New Orleans and many of the surrounding communities. Even today, the scars of Katrina are still very visible in the Crescent City.
During that time, I had the privilege of serving the Louisiana Press Association (LPA) as its president.
During strategic planning, we set out to accomplish many different things for our membership. When Katrina hit, everything changed.