I’ve been doing this kind of work–speaking, facilitating, training, consulting, coaching–for nearly 20 years now, and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve learned far more than I’ve taught. I’ve had some great mentors in Jim Kouzes, Terry Pearce and Tom Peters, to be sure, but my most significant teachers have been the clients that I’ve worked with in consulting projects and in countless corporate “classrooms.”
Then, 6 years ago, I left the Tom Peters Company to go (back) out on my own and to focus on keynote speaking and writing. It’s been very rewarding–a complete blast, as a matter of fact–and I’ve done well with it. My books sell, I speak 80-100 times a year and, frankly, I get great reviews. Don’t misunderstand me…I’m not boasting, bragging or bugling my own bugle, here.
The point is, the further I go with this career, the more I realize how much more there is for me to learn. That’s where Joe comes in.
Joe Calloway is the author of Becoming a Category of One and Indispensable. He’s been a keynote speaker for eons, and, most important, he has a sterling reputation as a professional and as a human being.
And now he’s my coach.
Yep! I went out and hired me a coach. Coach Joe. (Hey, shrinks have shrinks and doctors have doctors, right?) This is a new experience for me, and I’m all a-flutter with eagerness to see where this takes me.
And where it takes Joe, too.
And I’m looking forward to–as we say here in California–“sharing” the experience with all of you.