Updated: Jun 12
Really and actually you do but you just have not yet realized it yet.
Ask any Chef who prepares the best meal? The unanimous response will be "me".
As a Lean Practitioner or Leader you may feel you have all of the answers. Of course you do. You have years of job skill and experience. You are a visible leader in your organization and heaven forbid that you would show vulnerability. I personally did fit that model until I encountered a couple of revelations.
It started a couple of years ago while watch a Bell Media interview regarding "Let's Talk". For those unfamiliar, it has become a popular news cycle regarding Mental Health. They were interviewing the Fire Chief of Hamilton, an individual that we would look as an icon of being strong and offering support to those facing grief most likely resulting from a loss due to a fire. Not only a true First-Responder but also a leader of many First-Responders. He would be the last person I would expect to show vulnerability.
So imagine my surprise that he shared that although he spent a considerable amount of time counseling as a councilor he also needed a councilor to help him remain grounded. Interesting I thought.
I am now willing to admit that Mariela and I connect with our life coach on a monthly basis. Do we think we need a life coach? No! However, do we benefit from our monthly discussion? You bet! Do we have an agenda going into our meeting ... seldom.