I’d earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from DePaul University’s prestigious Theatre School and was enjoying a career as a director and actor, but had never found a way to become truly successful — whatever that meant to me then. Looking for something more, I’d been introduced to a series of self-leadership courses. I realized that what makes a character dynamic on stage could be directly applied to situations in real life. I could “direct” people in life and help them find their own “stardom”!
I began to take more classes, find teachers and mentors, seek out other business coaches, and soon was a full-time executive director of a self-leadership training company. I even dove into a corporate leadership position to prove in actual practice the theories we were sharing in our training sessions. With my coach and mentor I began to train with other companies, preparing to move from one company to full-time self-employed coaching. And it only took about 20 years!
In short, a 13th born Irish Catholic who trains to be a theatre professional, moves into leadership training and facilitation, then sales and corporate leadership and winds up owning his own company as a Modern Orthodox Jew with three children living in a Chicago North Shore community, should know something about setting goals, personal transformation and creating new possibilities.
Small business coaching is not just about doing better - it can be a survival game and the stakes are high.
James M. Lynch