Relying on your own counsel and following your instincts can only take you so far. Even the most talented and successful people have blind spots and encounter challenging obstacles. From time to time, everyone needs another perspective...another set of eyes.
Sometimes what’s needed is a guide.
GMS specializes in providing customized Coaching and Advisory services for people who are already successful and dealing with some of the challenges that success and celebrity can bring:
- Clarifying life & career direction
- Aligning actions with priorities
- Creating better life balance so that success can be enjoyed and sustained with a healthier outlook
- Addressing blind spots and weaknesses
- Improving judgment and decision making
- Increasing self-discipline and accountability
- Clarifying personal identity
- Staying centered and becoming more grounded
Bob Greenfield works with successful people in all walks of life to help them figure out how to more consistently operate at their best, both in their career and in the rest of their life.
Consistently operating or performing at our best requires that individuals "find their place" and "hit their stride". What does this mean?
Hitting one's stride is when you are moving, covering distance, and at speed, but putting forth minimal energy, feeling optimally good, and of course getting the best result – all in a manner that is sustainable. Not only does it feel effortless, but there may even be a "high". We all hit our stride at times in our life. But imagine what it would be like for you or your organization to be able to perform that way consistently. Everything is easier when we hit our stride.
All of us are trying to find our "place". It’s not about belonging, but rather about finding our purpose. The existential question of "Why am I here?" is fundamentally a question of how can I contribute? Finding our place is finding and more important arriving at that place where one is uniquely equipped (perhaps even destined) to contribute. It’s that convergence of passion, need, and capability where you care deeply about what you're doing, those you're doing it with and for deeply need you to do it, and you're capable of doing it in a way that produces results you can be proud of. All done is a way that may demand effort, but doesn’t feel like work. That’s your "place", and finding it isn’t easy. Most successful people have probably found their place, professionally; yet balancing that with finding one’s place in the rest of life is often a much bigger challenge, complicated by the fact that we can get distracted and confused by success, money, and fame.
Finding our place and hitting our stride are characterized by 6 critical attributes:
- Self awareness and curiosity
- A clear "compass" for making decisions
- Effective relationships (with colleagues, subordinates, family, self)
- Balance across and health within each of the important domains
of our life (work, family, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, etc.)
- Knowing when and how to act with courage
Bob Greenfield guides his clients towards strengthening their ability and presence in each of these critical areas.
Successful people in the public eye readily turn to and rely on coaches and guides to train their skills and shape their career. Shouldn't they be just as inclined to engage an expert guide to help them clarify and answer some of life’s most critical questions?
- Who are you really (not, what do you Do?) and how will you carry yourself?
- Who will you surround yourself with and turn to for input and advice?
- How will you manage the personal and emotional challenges and
temptations that you’ll likely encounter as a successful performer in the public eye?
The challenge is to take the initiative and get started now. Do the work proactively, before you're in crisis, so that you'll already be healthy and in command once you encounter the challenges that life inevitably produces.
We all have a field on which we “perform” professionally. Our professional performance tends to be where we focus our attention, and rightly so. But in acknowledging this focus, what is left neglected?
Being at your best Off the field can lead to significantly better performance On the field.
Being at your best off the field; what does this mean? It’s about integrity and alignment. Integrity does not exist in a vacuum. We have to be, act, and live in Integrity with something. This is not about Integrity as moral soundness.
Integrity as a concept has to do with perceived consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. You have to be consistent and aligned with something. That something is your values, mission or purpose, vision, priorities...your path. You can’t make this stuff up each day. Life is a grand adventure, but when it comes to living with integrity, you have to be predictable. You need a reliable compass.
Best Off...Better On is about finding your place and hitting your stride in life. It’s about optimizing you first, and then using that stronger, better grounded you as an instrument for better “performance”. Instead of the more common and opposite approach of focusing on and striving for performance on the field as a means of optimizing you. Find your place and hit your stride in life, and most of what you do in life will be satisfying.
- You'll bring more discipline and rigor to your craft
- You'll bring more compassion and generosity (and less "need") to your relationships
- You'll bring more inspiration to your community and associations
- You'll bring more balance and groundedness to your life
Ultimately, when you are not right OFF the field... if you're not grounded, balanced, clear, focused, and strong at "home", everything else will be wobbly.
Successful People in the Public Eye face unique threats and challenges; challenges that lend themselves particularly well to the expert support of a Professional Advisor.
- Issues with accountability. Successful people in public eye are often put on a pedestal, and can be enabled to the extent that it becomes very difficult to establish who they are accountable to. Success and power can corrupt, or at the very least go to one’s head resulting in a lowering of expectations and standards or the employment of double standards that can have the unintended consequence of causing one to become less accountable to oneself.
- Poor judgement. Everyone is vulnerable to poor judgement. But when people in the public eye exercise poor judgement, it can have dramatic implications given publicity and the stakes (impact on reputation, marketability, etc.).
- Successful individuals need to be much more conscious than others of their choices and the implications when it comes not only to how they conduct themselves but to how they think.
- Success, attention, and celebrity can cloud an individual’s clarity about who and what they really are. At the end of the day, lack of self-awareness and being truly grounded may be the biggest threat to satisfaction, health, and career staying power.
- Successful people in the public eye need an effective “compass”.
- Successful performers have enormous talents, and often blind spots and weakness that seem equally enormous because of the contrast. Moreover, because of address those blind spots...until a crisis develops.
What Does Bob Greenfield Bring to the Business Relationship as a Professional Advisor?
- An unbiased 3rd-party perspective
- Ability and willingness to challenge his client to truly identify what is most important to them near and long term, and help the client figure out how to deploy that clarity as a practical compass for decision making
- Insight and wisdom, and an ability to convey it in a way that is clear and actionable
- Experience helping people clarify and achieve the outcomes they want in life
- Courage and willingness to speak truth and provide feedback, combined with an unshakable commitment to the client's well-being
- A practical and challenging sounding board that may be more immediately practical than working with a therapist. As a Coach, Bob is not interested in why client is the way he is; he is interested in what the client wants to accomplish, what he's currently doing, how well it's working, and how best to bridge the disconnects or gaps.
- An accountability mechanism
- Working with Bob Greenfield can be the difference between relying on trial and error and struggling to figure things out the hard way, and more quickly establishing a clear compass and a an effective strategy.
- GMS customizes its approach and format for coaching and advisory services to the individual needs of each client. Bob Greenfield works only with a handful of Coaching Clients at a time in order to ensure access and flexibility to meet their unique scheduling requirements. For an initial consultation and more details, please contact Bob Greenfield.