Got Connections?
by Donna Mills

In reviewing the articles contained in this issue of Business Coaching Worldwide, one common thread runs through virtually every one—the concept, in one form or another, of "team." From Lyn Christian's article on coaching entrepreneurs, to Marshall Goldsmith's advice on finding mentors, to Denise Trifiletti's "Power Partnerships," the message is that everyone needs a support network.

I asked my high-school-aged daughter what she thought made the ideal team for a successful student. She listed good teachers, student group problem-solving, supportive parents, and, as a last resource, "the book." In essence, she was describing mentors, co-workers, and information sources.

In a large corporate environment, my husband believes that a good team consists of executives who understand the priorities of the project, co-workers who communicate well and accept responsibility for the quality of their work, and subordinates who can take a "skeleton" provided by management and exercise the initiative to "put flesh on it."

As business coaches who may run our own businesses, we all know that we need the help of others—lawyers, accountants, or web designers—who have the specialized expertise we lack. But do we believe we should be able to handle everything else ourselves? Or is there some internal stigma we associate with asking for help? Our team doesn't consist exclusively of experts. It also consists of those individuals who can provide encouragement, share information, and pool resources.

The benefits of having a team are myriad. Collectively, we can generate a level of energy, focus and purpose that is much harder to maintain on an individual basis. Having a sounding board can be invaluable in the decision-making process; an accountability partner can provide some external motivation that may be just the push we need to accomplish a goal. Team members can share complementary knowledge, provide honest feedback, and contribute geographical and cultural perspectives.

In this vein, I want to welcome two exceptional new Business Coaching Worldwide team members. Researcher Sasmita Maurya will be investigating the emerging business coaching field in her native India. Our new Assistant Editor, Dr. Heidi L. Smith, collaborated with researcher Kim Benz to produce this issue's article on innovation. She is also working on reviewing submissions and content for our eZine, providing that invaluable sounding board.

Business Coaching Worldwide operates in a team environment—sharing ideas, contrasting viewpoints, and soliciting opinions. This publication is designed to provide our readership with the best we can give. Please join our team by offering your suggestions, grinding your axes, or voicing your accolades. Without feedback, we have no way of knowing how well we're fulfilling our mission of "delivering solid, practical and relevant leading-edge international content about topics associated with business coaching"!

Donna Mills, BA, CFCC, is editor of Business Coaching Worldwide. As the owner of Creative Clarity, Donna helps her clients to discover their authentic purposes, define goals that are aligned with those purposes, and design and implement strategies for their achievement. Read more about Donna in the WABC Coach Directory. Donna may be reached by email at


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