Sometimes, what should be a source of pride, financial security, and wealth for the family becomes a source of heartache, dysfunction, and conflict. The want for power and control is what separates families in business together. This is why it’s essential to have leadership coaches who can teach the essence of storytelling in building a successful family business.
Years ago, I was a football game watching my son, where I met this week’s guest, Pete Walsh. I was at a point in life contemplating whether I was stuck or if I was being nudged to a deeper calling. Little did I know that the universe was listening to my subconscious desires. Sometimes, you meet someone who can light the path for you and show you the way. Pete was that person for me, and has been instrumental in my transition from the advertising world to speaking and brand story workshops with Business of Story.
Pete Walsh is a leadership coach who came from a prominent family business. He’s also the author of the book Coach To Win The Leadership Game. Pete is a firm believer that a family doesn’t just happen in the bloodline, it can also be in small groups: a group of people caring about one another, believing the same thing, pursuing the same goal, is a family.
He also believes that when people come together and learn to have “productive conflict”, build off each other’s unique styles, then they can make a powerful team. Pete will teach us how to become a detached observer and a reflective practitioner so we can listen to the stories we are telling ourselves. He can push you out of your comfort zone and make you say, “That is not my story. This is my new story.”
In this episode, understand the important role of leadership storytelling in the attainment of success in business. Life is indeed short. And because it is, we are all encouraged to stop telling ourselves the wrong stories. Take responsibility for your happiness and live on the tagline: “destroy the competition, not the family.”
In This Episode, You Will Learn
- What is a leadership coach and how can one help you
- How to become a detached observer or a reflective practitioner
- The 2 life cycles of a business
- The 3 things we can do today to amp up our leadership game
“A great coach will really push you out of your comfort zone.” — Pete Walsh
“There are so many stories you are telling yourself, both fiction and non-fiction.” — Park Howell
“Destroy the competition, not your family.” —Pete Walsh
“Life is short. You shouldn’t be miserable or unhappy with the people you are working with.” — Pete Walsh
“It’s time I take responsibility for my happiness. If I’m not happy, it’s all my fault.” — Park Howell
“Be aware of what you are doing and fill your mind with what it is that you are curious about.” — Park Howell
Mentioned In This Episode
- Coach To Win The Leadership Game
- Bill Shover
- TedX Talks
- LinkedIn Pete Walsh
- Twitter Pete Walsh