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Coaches, Mentors and Magic Dragons

NOTE: This video references a Facebook page which has now been moved to http://www.facebook.com/DixieDynamiteCoaching - come join us! Last month I asked my twitter community to weigh in on a discussion I was having with myself: “What is the difference between a coach and a mentor?” I’ve been called both - I’ve also been a consultant, a professional trainer and a volunteer teacher. While I felt I could clearly define the difference between coaching and consulting/teaching/training I wasn’t so sure I was on the same page with my audience when it came to the difference between a mentor and a coach. No wonder - the answers from the audience were very diverse. I’m not sure a single answer exists. In fact, I started a Facebook page called Energy Synergy Harmony – you’ll find it at Facebook pages Pure Synchrony which is the name of my business – to continue this discussion and to facilitate other discussions with my audience From my friend (and mentor by MY definition) John David Mann “A mentor cares and gives the light of experience - a coach holds toes to the fire.” From my friend and fellow thought leader, Chris Ortiz “Difference is love. We coach for money or duty. We mentor because of the relationship.” Some comments suggested that coaches offer inspiration – most agreed that a large part of mentoring is to inspire. Now there were comments from people who felt they had “virtual mentors” – people they strove to emulate without personal contact or engagement. In my mind I think of those people as role models – I may strive to...

The Go-Giver Five Laws – It takes the entire spectrum

Never say never - it finally happened! Everyone who knows me knows I dread getting in front of a camera. It wasn’t quite a phobia but a close approximation. Then I got inspired by the words of a 19 year old entrepreneur whose entry for the Go-Giver tour contest was so authentic, so natural and so dead on that I just had to respond in kind. Watch Michael W. Montgomery’s video contest entry and read the comments posted, you’ll see what I mean. Here is my first video, with thanks for the inspiration to Michale Montgomery and authors Bob Burg and John David Mann. The comments following the post of Michael’s video included the question “what law in The Go-Giver can you relate to?” Michael’s response was “Right now I think I relate best with either Value or Authenticity… I’d like to level it out over the whole spectrum of laws but it may take some time.” There is the real secret to stratospheric success - “the whole spectrum” and “it may take some time.” See it doesn’t take time for the Go-Giver laws to work, but they work only when we work them. So the real question is “how long will it take you to start applying ALL FIVE laws?” See business success is usually measured by what you GET. Your income, your material wealth, the company’s profit, etc… We measure the outcome but we must focus on what we put into achieving the outcome. As Bob Burg says, “shift the focus from getting to giving.” I recapped in the video above some of the highlights from each...