I am definitely not a betting man, but if I were to bet on the horses I would thoroughly investigate a horse’s pedigree before I bet on that horse. I think it is the same in coaching and teaching. Pedigree and lineage mean a lot. Who were your mentors? Who did you learn from? You can’t choose your parents, but you can choose your mentors, that will determine your pedigree. More letters after your name do not improve your pedigree, gain knowledge and experience to improve your pedigree, then you will be a winner. Remember Seabiscuit did not have the pedigree, but that horse had people who believed in him and sought out the knowledge to make him better. If they would have listened to conventional wisdom Seabiscuit would not have been a winner. Create your own pedigree


At 4/11/07, 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are you going to give more credibility to?


Joe I Don't Have All The Letters After My Name

At 4/11/07, 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well... since you asked... the people I find credible are people who have produced results over time. They can explain how they got those results and the basis for their methodolgy. ( they didn't just get lucky) As a result they've able to replicate that work with others. Their methods and results are based on our best understanding of the science at the time and the artful application of it. That usually requires a commitment to learning which is often reflected both in their formal education ( degrees and cerifications ) and in their efforts to learn and seek advice from people who know more ( good mentors). Lastly, and maybe most importantly I look for some one who is committed to the development of people over time and that includes their own development. Glad you asked the question. I'd be curious to hear what others think.

Tim Clark

At 4/11/07, 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would be on your short list of acceptable mentors?


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