This quotation was sent to me by one of my coaches. It is by Harvey Penick, a professional golfer and coach that has coached my Golf Hall of Fame luminaries.
“I learn teaching from teacher. I learn golf from golfers. I learn winning from coaches.”
Thank you Suri for a lovely quotation on coaching.
An essential skill known by many, practiced by few, mastery by even lesser.
This saying as well as John C. Maxwell law of leadership; The Law of Timing has always been something I struggle with. My struggle is with the notion of powerlessness of it all since time is something we can’t manage, what more control. This makes the saying and the law, however true, has an element of luck into it. This is where I have difficulty in accepting since luck has no place in my main context of personal empowerment which is CHOICE.
I have struggled with this because in my gut, I do believe that this concept is true; until today.
I just had a pleasant conversation with a friend covering many topics and one of them was about him planning to move out of his organization and is now in the midst of possessing his right mix of competencies in preparation of that move.
As we are engaging in this topic (this is what I love about lazy Sunday conversation) it got me thinking how sound his argument and plan was. He is someone I consider to be a balanced person in his views and thinking.
It than dawned on me of the above saying and law.
It is all about planning; a deliberate action on one’s part in order for the law of timing to work. It is not up to luck. There is also another ingredient needed for this law to work besides planning. This law will only work with courage and vision; courage to make the decision when it comes and a vision to path the way.
So for me, the law of timing doesn’t stand on its own. It needs vision, perseverance and courage.
Nelson Mandela was the example John C. Maxwell gave about the Law of Timing. How he was the one ultimately to lead South Africa from the darkness of apartheid and not Steve Biko and reading about Mandela’s struggle I can help but see all the three criteria.
I am all for timing… responsibly.
Recently, I did an exit conversation with a colleague of mine and he brought up something that has been transparent to me all this while. In our conversation we touch on his learning while he has been us. He mentioned something that got my mind on overdrive. It is a subject that I will be delving in deeper from now on.
He said that what astonishes him is that our business model utilizes a support system that is foreign to him in all his years in banking. He has never seen or privy our support system which is in essence is the Community of Practice that we have developed around us.
He realized that a support system is necessary in being an entrepreneur however the support system that he knows of are those that are quite conventional such as spouse & family where else a support system in the form of a Community of Practice is new to him.
Hearing him say that made be deliberately dwell into the truth of what he says.
Looking back at our journey so far; this past two years, affirms to me on this point that he is making. Indeed the growth and progress of our business is hinged on the interaction, support and collaboration of our Community of Practice. It has been a source of motivation, inspiration, referrals, learning resource, manpower, ideas and even financial support.
The next question that begs to be answered is how did we develop such a Community of Practice? This is an important question to be answered because in knowing the answer, the will lie a system that can be duplicated for the benefit of others.
And in this question is where I shall live for some time to come! [Excited!]
Yes and at the same time, Don’t Get On Your Way Without A Plan
It is energy. It can be generated, it can be felt, it can affect, it can be transferred and it can also be ‘destroyed’ (cancelled out). It can also produce results and changes form.
So keep generating positivity from our natural dynamo; the soul.
Accept allows you to focus on the future; your vision while resist comes from the past; unwilling to move forward.