We’re 10 minutes into our coaching session and there’s an urgent knock at the door. Crises! The IT guy, in a hurried tone, tells my client that as we speak, her hard-drive is crashing along with all her data. Now I don’t know about you, but I might have gone berserk at this point. But not my client. So elegant. So graceful. So efficient in her instructions and with such decorum she handled the situation, hardly making a fuss so that she could return, unfettered, to our coaching conversation.
Afterward I sent her a note saying how impressed I was by how she had handled the tricky situation. She replied thus;
“Laptop now sorted. Thanks for the compliments. I am learning that if there is nothing I can do about a situation – I shouldn’t stress about it – does not help things in any way. But maybe and mostly, it’s because you were around.”
I take no credit for this at all, but it does offer a lovely example of the real-time benefits of an accountability partner.
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