Executive coaching and mentoring are here to stay. Why? Because life in business today is too complex, too fast paced, too diverse to make sense of and practice on one’s own. It gets worse. We have lost time. Time is now only for doing. Time as we have said previously is a perishable commodity and employers need to extract all the value they can in the doing. So we end up just doing.

It is a sad loss. We have lost the time we used to reflect, to ponder, to wander, to meditate. When we had time, we used it to allow our subconscious to feed our conscious minds. We absorb data and information but then don’t have time to join the dots up to ask what does it mean. Is there a pattern here, is there more to this than meets the eye, can I use all of Kipling’s 6 honest serving men to cleave the Gordian knot that our lives resemble.

Executive coaching and mentoring a daffodilWhat would Wordsworth have missed had he not wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills. And in so doing deprived us of one of the great opening lines in poetry.

This week our call to action is a simple one. Take one problem, take one hour and just use as many thinking tools as you can muster and see what you come up with.

That in a nutshell is why coaching works. It is a way to recover time, to use it more wisely and embed a template to enrich our lives.

Have a go. One hour, one problem then ready, steady, think.