Are you coachable?

Are you coachable?

By Scott Sambucci | April 19, 2021


I’m reading “Trillion Dollar Coach” by Eric Schmidt about Bill Campbell – a coach to some of the top Silicon Valley executives – including Steve Jobs and Schmidt himself.

This week, Tim Ferriss shared his interview with George Mumford – a person most people don’t know. But you know the athletes he coached – including Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant.

If you’re a startup founder, reading that these top performers all had coaches should push you to get a coach ASAP if you don’t have one already.

But… Are you coachable?

In 10 years as a startup coach, I’ve met 2000+ startup CEOs & coached hundreds of founders & teams.

I’m always surprised to find that many people just aren’t coachable, especially those that could use it most, and I’ve found that there five (5) traits that make for a coachable person.

1/ Readiness to Learn: Being ready to focus and make the time to do the work.

2/ Honesty & Humility: The willingness to look for gaps & blind spots.

3/ Getting Uncomfortable: It’s awkward learning anything new, but it’s the only path to growth is getting comfortable being uncomfortable.

4/ Acknowledgement, Acceptance & Action

5/ Implementing = Learning: No progress happens without implementation. That’s where the real growth happens.