Ep. 121: Are You Coachable?

Ep. 121: Are You Coachable?

By Scott Sambucci | April 26, 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.


If you feel like you’re coachable, and you think you’re ready for some help growing yourself and taking your company to new levels, send an email to [email protected] with the word “COACHABLE” in the subject line, and let’s talk.

I’m ready. Are you?

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