Put Me In Coach

As a kid, I loved to listen to the radio.  And given that I live in Nashville, music remains a part of how I relate.

So it’s probably not a surprise that when I hear “Why do I need an executive coach?", my mind occasionally drifts to “Centerfield” by John Fogerty (go ahead… listen on YouTube while you’re reading the rest of this). Tough not to tap your toes...

There have been some wonderful insights shared on the benefits of having an executive coach, including some great information from others recently on this blog. There’s also a lot of research on how effective it is (here’s just one article from Forbes).

A big part of working with a coach is helping you be ready to play.  To be your best when the moment demands it.  It’s having a person that helps you identify and bring out what you need for the game you’re in. 

Have you ever wondered…am I ready?  I’ve felt that way so many times as a leader.

I questioned myself.  I remembered taking my lumps in the minor leagues and finding myself in the “majors”.  In that moment, I looked down at what I had - a beat-up glove, a home-made bat…can I really play?

Got a beat-up glove, a home-made bat
And a brand new pair of shoes
You know I think it’s time to give this game a ride
Just to hit the ball, and touch ‘em all
A moment in the sun
It’s a-gone and you can tell that one good-bye
— John Fogerty

At key moments, it was my coach that helped me figure out what was needed.  He provided clarity to understand the situation.  He encouraged me to move off the bench.  He helped me to accelerate - to hit the ball and touch ‘em all.  And he constantly helped me grow - breaking free of what was holding me back, taking advantage of what I already had learned, and bringing new skills into play.

Executive coaching can make you a better you.  It can help you play better, get back in the game, or play a new game.  It can help you realize that sometimes, it’s a new day.  The score is back to zero. And, that you have a brand new pair of shoes.

To learn more about the Convene executive coaching platform, just click here. You will find a variety of coaches from all over the U.S. and Canada that can meet with you in person or online.

You can also learn more about growing your leadership in this Convene White Paper, Investing in Yourself. 


Michael loves to see people and businesses grow. His blend of creative and analytical skills enables him to assess complicated, multi-disciplinary issues, and help create the right path to success.

Now, through Upstairs Consulting, he’s focused on helping even more companies learn how to grow through executive coaching and Convene.  

To learn more about his coaching practice and connect with Michael, view his profile or email him: mpowers@convenenow.com