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Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman and Metallica engaged a Coach

By October 21, 2018September 12th, 2022No Comments

Leadership Coaching and Celebrities

Oprah Winfrey, Metallica and Hugh Jackman claim their professional success was a a result of engaging a Coach.
I was sharing with some trusted peers that I find it interesting and frustrating that some people struggle to accept help. I am often engaged by an organisation to provide Leadership Coaching, and even though the organisation is paying for the service, some Leaders are reluctant to engage the support. I think some Leaders believe coaching is related to some kind of weakness or showing some kind of vulnerability. I completely understand why, but coaching isn’t always about working with weaknesses.
I recently posted How is your team @ work similar to an Olympic team?  Here I found some research that identified that engaging with Leadership Coaching is quite the opposite. In fact if your organisation offers you a Leadership Coach it could be that they see potential in you, to be nurtured, supported and developed.

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Dr Martha Beck (left) on the Oprah Winfrey show

For several years now I have recommended to new clients to pick up a copy of Finding your North Star by Dr Martha Beck.  Job Values – Are these important to you? What I didn’t know till recently is Dr Beck is Oprah’s coach. I read Dr Beck’s book 15 years ago and it transformed my thinking about my career.
Metallica fan? This famous band was going through heated feuds, and with the help of life coach, Phil Towle, Metallica was able to align themselves with a common goal and work together in harmony to achieve it.  Sounds like a Leadership team to me!
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Phil Towle (second from left) with Metallica during a very turbulent period

There was even a documentary released in 2004 about the discord the band which was finally overcome, allowing them to release their subsequent album, “Death Magnetic.” Critics said this album helped the band return to form and their coach, Phil Towle, was considered pivotal to this outcome.
Hugh Jackman, Serena Williams and Bill Clinton engaged world famous Tony Robbins as their coach.
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These coaches may not suit your needs (or price tag), however if you would like to learn more about what Coaching is, for you or someone in your organisation email me here  or book a 30 minute phone or zoom consult here via phone or Zoom. Initial consult is free of charge.
I hope this information has been of value,

Margie Ireland
Leadership Coaching