The people I feel called to coach have a few things in common:
They have a growing awareness of social justice, and even if they don’t know how to create a more just workplace or community, they’re committed to learning how.
They’re leaders, helpers, healers, and those with hearts for service. In fact, they’ve led, helped, healed, and served so much that they’re on the road to burnout, or have already set up camp in Burnoutlandia. They want to serve, but no longer at the expense of their mental, physical, and emotional health.
They’re in a moment of transition. They may have recently earned a degree, are returning to work after raising a family, are exiting a relationship, or are thinking about changing paths entirely. They’re looking for support and accountability as they gear up to make their next move.
They don’t take themselves too seriously. This doesn’t mean they don’t take anything seriously; in fact, the opposite is often true. They’re serious about their work, their relationships, the decisions they make, and the risks they take. But they’re able to laugh at themselves, and at me, when we’re being ridiculous. Because being ridiculous can be seriously funny.
The organizations I’m most excited about partnering with also have some things in common:
They’re mission-driven, and they mean it. They don’t just have nice mission and vision statements that live, unquestioned, on their websites and office walls. They’re living their values in concrete and specific ways in the work they do each day.
They’re not afraid of being wrong. In fact, they welcome it. They’re intrigued by differing perspectives, “what if…?” questions, and conversations that challenge the status quo. They know that being effective is the end goal, and if eating humble pie is a part of how you get there, then pass the plate.
They’re willing to try something new. They recognize that some aspect of what they’re doing now just isn’t working, or isn’t working as well as it could be, and they’re ready to move in a different direction. This doesn’t mean that they jump from one new strategy to the next without assessing impact, but it means that they’re brave enough to strike out into the unknown when necessary.