The professional training of a Coach teaches us not to be too “attached” to the outcomes of our clients. What does this mean for a highly results-focused coach? For me, it’s meant that I’ve needed to lean into the recognition that adult development is not a linear, upward trajectile but rather a path that involves forward-and-back and up-and-down as we acquire new knowledge, test new skills and stretch beyond our perceived limitations. There are times when achievement of the longer-term goal necessitates moving through considerable set-backs to gain the necessary insights to truly fulfill the desired end.

Over time, I’ve learned that ineed “no pain, no gain” does seem to be an apt mantra for leadership development and professional growth.

Here’s an article I wrote for Company magazine that acknowledges this path.

Enjoy the tough stuff!