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My life isn’t glamorous. I spend most of my free time shuttling my kids from activity to activity. This weekend, like most, was filled with running to various sporting events for my kids. On Saturday I saw first hand how a coach can make all the difference in player’s life.

I’ll spare you the details, it’s the kind of a tug at your heartstrings story, and I want to keep this upbeat, but if you are looking for a good cry, shoot me an email and I will fill you in on the details!

Nonetheless, it got me thinking…what defines a good coach?

I suppose everyone has their own interpretation, but for me, a good coach possesses the following qualities:

  • Honesty
  • Dedication
  • Integrity
  • Someone who leads by example
  • Ability to understand and adapt to individual differences
  • Compassion

You don’t have to play a sport to need a coach. A client once referred to me as her “Organizing Coach”. At first I laughed, but when I really started to think about how I interact with my clients, I think she may be right.

Being a good coach is not about just knowing the game; it’s about knowing your players and how to inspire them to be better.

I wouldn’t recommend the latest to-do list app for someone fearful of technology because I know they wouldn’t use it.

Investing time to learn about what motivates each player is what differentiates a good coach from a great one.

Is your motivation more free time? Less clutter when you walk in the door? Perhaps learning how to delegate so you aren’t doing it all?

Whether I am working one-on-one with a client or delivering a seminar to a group of executives, it’s my goal, as your “organizing coach”, to remind you of a few things:

It’s not about perfection; it’s about balance 

If you stick to a system that works for you, you will reduce your clutter 

If you fall off the horse (which we all do) it’s ok to get back on

We can all benefit from some coaching from time to time. I have a great coach, Neen James, who I go to when I start feeling lost.

Who is your coach?

Some players need a gentle nudge in the right direction, and other players need someone on the sidelines cheering them on every step of the way. Email laurie@simplyborganized.com if you or your team could use some inspiration from an organizing coach.

justins shoots

 Regardless of age, the right coach can make a difference in a persons life….