I have two children who are both involved in a variety of activities that all include having a coach. The coach teaches them skills that they use both for the sport and life. Why do we invest so heavily in those that are young but then stop investing in ourselves as we get older?
Mentoring & coaching is as critical to you now as it was when you were young. Having a trusted advisor to help guide you through the business struggles you face can be the difference between success and failure.
If you have a high level position in a company it is likely that you will never know the truth about how you come across to those you work with. People will not tell you if your presentation was terrible or that you give them mixed messages. When asking for feedback you will be greeted with a smile and “that was good.” Sometime what you most need to hear is the truth because that is the only way we can improve. If you are just entering the work force it is likely that you will be judged on your daily performance well before an actual review. Who, other than a coach or mentor will show you were you need improvement but also highlight the area’s you excel?