As I sit here to write today, I am met with a sight in my office: one that throws me into a different train of thought, that fills me with a sense of pride, a hint of jealousy and a load of excitement.
It is the early stages in the passing of the baton. So what have I found?
I decided to sit out on the floor today, come out of the cave called “Fiona’s Office” that I inhabit on the days I am here, and hit the desks with the team. Across from me right now a card pride of place, its cover an image of a trophy with the words “No. 1 Coach”.
As I read the carefully crafted words, the message relates to a story of success and achievement and, within its lines, the words offer thanks and praise for the coach who was there supporting and guiding to ensure it happened.
Pride is an interesting word: it can mean and relate to so many different things. In this instance, I am proud of the business we have – of being able to offer such a service, of the knowledge and skill formed over 23 years that we impart every day, of the care and dedication my team portray when dealing with peoples' lives and the realistic approach we take when setting goals at the right level then supporting in just the right way.
That momentary flicker of jealousy is not derived from “someone else getting a card”, it's from knowing you have made such a difference in someone’s world.
As a business owner at the coalface of the action since inception, creating and offering every service we have today, it’s hard to let go and let others take the reins of a part of your business so close to your heart – and one you enjoy so very much.
The reality is, though, the jealousy subsides as quickly as it arrived, as it is me as a leader who has the greatest gift of all. Passing the baton to passionate people, watching them develop into capable practitioners, is the ultimate for a coach. Coaching the coaches; helping people help people – what a gift.
As we continue to grow and bring more people into our family, the dynamic of my role will continue to change. As for most business owners, this has its own challenges, but my role is to be at the front of the trail, blazing away so the team continue to have a strong leader to follow. It’s important that you keep at the front of yours!
Plus … I’m not ready to let go of the baton just yet, I decided that I’m living till I am 120, so that’s another 100 years to go!