Kevin, Since I have been a mentor and coach to many executives over the last 14 years, I have a good feel for how people find professionals like me. Yet, most executives think it is important to "go it alone" due to their belief in the myth of individualism; they hold tightly to the idea that everyone succeeds or fails on the basis of individual efforts and abilities. The myth of individualism can negatively affect our chances for success. Consider that four out of ten newly promoted managers and executives fail within 18 months of starting new jobs. You are right in stating that no man is an island. Once the person commits to being mentored and/or coached, s/he begins to experience a different, more hopeful world as his or her perceptions evolve. The typical methods of searching for a mentor or coach is either from a personal referral from a friend or business associate or through an Internet search. If you knew someone that you respected was willing to help you get to where you want to be, how do you think that would accelerate your progress? John
- CEO at Signature, Inc.
Jan 23, 2011