I just came off listening to a call with Seth Godin & Andy Wibbels about Seth's new book "The Dip"
As well as it being a great summary of ideas and a Q&A of the call, we were directed to Seth's blog with a comment on responsibility.
This comment really made me stop and think "If you get asked to market something, you’re responsible. You’re responsible for the impacts, the costs, the side effects and the damage. You killed that kid. You poisoned that river. You led to that fight. If you can’t put your name on it, I hope you’ll walk away. If only 10% of us did that, imagine the changes. Imagine how proud you’d be of your work."
What I am leading to as a coach, and with grow as a coach? I hope as a coach I am marketing something I believe in because it comes from the position of having experienced for myself. Am I causing issues with what I do? I'd say not, other than maybe some people out there may not either want to hear my message, or agree with my views or the way I coach. That's ok - I can live with that. I am not here to coach to all, or to be "right". My philosophy is to learn, and to be authentic to what I find important & through coaching to help my clients, and you as readers, to do the same.
Do I stand up and tell people what I do and what it means? Absolutely! I love the label of "professional coach" especially working with coaches who understand the market and what it means. Can I coach on anything? Possibly. Can I coach fabulously & confidently on anything? Almost definitely not. So - calling it out. I am proud to coach. Proud to make a difference, to hear and take part in the conversations with the coaches I work with.
Thought for the day
What are you proud to stand up for?