MEMO TO TOP MANAGERS: Athletes use coaches, why not you?

When a corporate communications team calls us seeking training for its senior leader, one of the first questions we ask is... "is your exec open to the process, or are you dragging them in kicking and screaming?"  But even inhabitants of the executive suite need mentors, argues the former president of PayPal and OpenTable and senior vice president at eBay.   

"Growing with the business required the rapid acquisition of entirely new skills," writes Jeff Jordan.  "However, It's tough to learn new skills when bigger and bigger groups of people are watching you make stupid mistakes."  The best way to respond?  "Regard that scrutiny as a valuable asset," and "engage a coach to help you work through your issues and develop the skills you need."   Courtesy the Harvard Business Review.