Saving money, honey
2017 is less than a wow wow wow year. We will all need to "tighten our belts", said CEO Stan, which is a term Dad used to use all the time after Mom went on a shopping spree. In those days, there was no big data, just a bill from Simpsons (La Baie).
So I decided to cut our coaching expenses.
In 2016, we have spent $600 on coaching. Ms Axe has a reputation coach and Comrade Carl Marks hired a Ukrainian coach to help him understand a Scottish accent. I signed on the invoices in a moment of weakness.
In 2017, there shall be no coaching budget whatsoever. However, always resourceful, I have opened an in-house coaching academy. As a matter of fact, I opened it last week. The academy certified all our staff to become coaches. This was done in one day.
The academy offered 2 level of coaching certificates.
1-EC (expert coach)
2-CC (chief coach). I am CC and at this time, I have no deputies, as it were.
The certification process for both levels took 5 minutes, including zenga zenga expertise.
Everyone at EC level learnt to ask three questions:
1-What are your goals?
2-What do you plan to do?
3-How can I support you?
I know that this is tough, but it seems people pick it up easily.
Last week I handled one case myself. I had to be creative, as it were, because I was surprised.
Svetlana from Engineering answered the first question saying, "I want to be the Pope".
I replaced question 2 with "Are you Catholic"?
"No", she replied, "My mother is Russian Orthodox but atheist and my father is Jewish".
Then I told young Svetlana that we have no budget to help her convert.
This is called "alignment of expectations coaching." Only CC level coach can do that.
Two final comments:
- Hugh White from Diversity will coach White people with no disabilities whilst Cynthia Axe from Early Bird Retirement will be exempt (axe-cempt) from coaching activities, as it were.
- I am hiring coaches to coach my coaches. The price is $150 an hour. Just to be clear-you pay me! There are so many coaches that I am "leveraging" market conditions, as it were.