In the July 6th issue of Fortune Magazine, they had an enlightening article where they asked famous people and powerful influence keys in our culture this telling question: “What is the best advice you have ever received?”
Many of the responses were quite interesting, but Eric Schmidt’s response was my favorite. Eric Schmidt is the CEO of Google and was recently listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the richest people in the world. He is obviously a very powerful and influential person who continues to shape our world. Here is his response to the question…
“The best advice that sticks out for me I got from John Doerr, who said, “My advice to you is to have a coach.” I initially resented this advice because after all, I was the CEO and I was pretty experienced. Why would I need a coach? Am I doing something wrong? My argument was; how could a coach advise me if I’m the best person in the world at this?
But I learned that is not what a coach does. The coach doesn’t have to play the sport as well as you do. They have to watch you and get you to be your best. In the business context a coach is not a repetitious coach. A coach is somebody who looks at something with another set of fresh eyes, describes it to you in their words, and discusses how to best approach the problem.
Once realized this, I could trust him and that he could help me with perspective, I decided having a coach was a great idea. When there is a business conflict you tend to get rat-holed into it. My coach’s general advice has been to rise one step higher, above the person on the other side of the table, and to take the long view.”
Wisihing you a happy holiday and wonderful new year! All my best,
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