Being Coached Brings Out My Best Coaching

Is it OK to be a practicing coach, and not have our own formal/official coach?

Robb Garrett, ACO President

I have learned that I am at my personal and professional best when I have ongoing coaching. It has been my personal belief that if coaching is important enough to do as a profession, and important enough to be paid well for delivering it, then it is darn well important enough for each of us as coaches to have our own coach.

I have observed that within the ADHD Coaching community, there is a deeper fear of having a coach, revealing oneself in the process — especially the struggles, the undesired outcomes, and the life situations that often come with ADHD. It is a more complex process than it first appears.

On the one hand, as an ADHD Coach, one surely values coaching.  And, with any self awareness at all, one can understand the value and importance of having one’s own coach. Is it the fear of revealing one’s humanity or (if one has ADHD) one’s ADHD dynamics? Is there a fear of allowing someone who has ADHD coach us and perhaps in a lapse of judgement or impulsiveness divulge our confidential conversations? What is it that stops our own ADHD community from fully embracing fellow ADHD Coaches in formal coaching relationships and always, at all times having our own coach engaged?

  • Have you ever taken a “break” from being coached?
  • Did the break ever extend longer than you said it would or thought it would?

I challenge you to think about where and to whom you go for coaching. How long has it been since you engaged a coach of your own? When a prospective client calls and asks if you have your own coach, what do you think? What do you say?

Let’s be bold coaches and bold coaching clients! As a matter of fact, let’s be bold!

Warmly,

Robb Garrett
ACO President