The Octagon Coach – Article 6
“Honoring Who You Are”
Over the past several months, we have reviewed the four initial dimensions or stages of coaching. Now we will explore the fifth:
Honoring or acknowledging one’s own history, culture, accomplishments and efforts is important. It is critical that your coach honors and understands who you are, while working with you on your newest goals.
Recently, I wrote about choosing a coach. You also make choices when considering a new department or assignment, additional education, relocation, or a new company. During this 5th stage, review your choices, and the actions taken. Once you understand your choices or actions, you can begin to honor who you are.
There are several organizations, such as NSHMBA (National Society of Hispanic MBAs), that can provide a variety of opportunities to honor who we are. In NSHMBA’s case, they are “a premier Hispanic MBA professional network for economic and philanthropic advancement”, and “fostering Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development in order to improve society” and “prepare Hispanics …so they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.”
Another opportunity to share and honor in who we are, is looking into joining or starting an Employee Resource Group (ERG) at your firm.
There is a growing awareness that no one should “check their culture at the door” of their jobs. It is our differences that strengthen… a simple fabric, a metal object, an organization’s structural integrity – all become stronger when the weave, composition, and values are multidimensional.
He who loses wealth, loses much… he who loses a friend, loses more… but he who loses his courage loses all.
– Miguel de Cervantes