Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Ask the Experts at LifeTimeInfo.com

Have you been to this new site yet? I'm one of the experts in the both self-help AND career & business sections. Read my answers to FriendsNot Reciprocating Help?, Bring more value to the marketplace?, and Selecting a Coach?. In fact, why not bookmark the site, peruse it a bit, and maybe even ask a self-help, or career & business question of your own?!

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Monday, June 23, 2003

Learning New Skills

I did a search through BlogStreet this morning because I've been thinking about learning new skills and wanted a few links to point to in today's entry. One site I came across is called McGhee's Musings which, by the way has a FABULOUS quote as it's subheading: "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." - Dorothy Parker.

Hmm. There's no cure for curiosity?! I think I really like that! As a business and personal life coach, a large part of my job is helping my clients become more engaged with their work - more curious with what's going on in their lives. Somehow it's comforting to know that there's no cure for that!

In McGhee's post, he reflects on the 'paradox' of us needing to spend more time reflecting on our learning (so that the learning occcurs) but being unable to do so because of the general lack of time available to us. It reminded me of another quote, not by Dorothy Parker, but by Doug King:

"Learn to pause.... or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you."

.... (pause) ....

McGhee also referenced an entry from the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge site by Stever Robbins called, "Organizational Learning is No Accident." In it Robbins writes about how organizations seemingly fight 'tooth and nail' AGAINST learning. "Ultimately," he warns, "organizational learning is doomed to failure unless people can learn."

Strong words. But spot on. And great validation for retaining the services of a business management coach and mentor because in my view, organizational development does not occur without a groundswell of new INDIVIDUAL learning. "Work with the managers whose employees are affected to direct money, people, and time in support of the learning," he says. "Schedule time for learning. Make learning an explicit part of your job, rather than something you hope happens."

If you don't take the time to learn new skills, and if you don't MAKE the time to recognize the new skills you've recently learned, then you're truly missing out on one of the absolute best parts of working for a living. The personal satisfaction that comes from doing something you didn't know to do is sweeter than any pat-on-the-back, kudo, or thank-you-very-much that your boss may happen to give you.

Besides organizations, by and large, do a pretty poor job of employee recognition. So why would you want to leave something as important as that up to someone else?

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Friday, June 20, 2003

What's Success?

I've been thinking about the definition of success lately. For some, it's a fancy car. (I saw one of these puppies idling through my town at about 25mph - as fast as the law allows. Boy, talk about restraint!) Others see success as a great place to live. But things like these aren't success - they're just the RESULT of success. And what's important to realize is that that's a matter of personal choice. Because for others, success is being able to take a mid-day walk in the woods or playing with a pile of puppies or spending real quality time with their family and loved ones.

It's perhaps interesting to note how people's definition of success changes over time. As we grow older and move through different parts of our lives, we do redefine what's really important to us. And I believe that it's a really important thing for us to do. Well maybe not every second. And maybe not at first. Because at first, we just want to BECOME successful. Then once that's covered, we want to SUSTAIN our success. But then what? Well, that's when it's time to REDEFINE - or at least AUGMENT - what success really means to us. Yet for a variety of reasons, too few people actually do this.

How about you? When's the last time YOU looked at how you're defining success? Is it still working for you? What's missing? What's no longer necessary? What's next for you? And what are you waiting for?

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Affecting Change

Wandering the web this morning I came upon an article that asks the question, "Is Coaching for Everyone?" The answer from the author is 'no' and I agree entirely because it's one thing to WANT change and it's something entirely different to be WORK FOR change. Does WHAT you want to change make a difference though? On the surface, executives wanting to improve their management, communications and leadership skills, as example, might think their needs are different from new coaches looking to build their coaching practice. And maybe they are. But they're also similiar in that BOTH need the personal and professional commitment to truly affect the change. Those what want change need to be, as the article says, "people who are ready to really learn how they can have the things in their life and career that will be truly meaningful to them, and who are ready to do the work" independant of whatever the particulars happen to be.

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The Years in Review

For other links with news and such about coaching, mentoring, Barry Zweibel, and GottaGettaCoach! see:
What's News? - 2003
Year in Review - 2002
Year in Review - 2001

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

The First Entry

Greetings. Barry Zweibel here. I'm a certified executive coach, CPCC-certified life coach, and president of GottaGettaCoach!, Incorporated.

I'm new to the blog world, but it makes a lot of sense. I credit Dr. Elwyn Jenkins at MicroDoc for the push. He wrote a very interesting article about my website ... and what's missing from it!

I'll endeavor to provide insightful information, musing and links to challenge, inform and delight you. Please feel free to check back regularly and add your own thoughts as we move along. The primary content of this blog will focus on management coaching, leadership mentoring, and coach mentoring. If you'd like a quick look at my website, the site map is a good place to look to see what else is there.