You’ve Got Lael Episode 19: When Coaching is Harmful with Sarah Cook

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Today, I’m talking with Business Strategist and life enthusiast Sarah Cook. Sarah was one of my coaches when I was in Trudi Lebron's Amplified Impact Mastermind this year. During our time together, I came to respect Sarah's perspective on equity, the coaching industry, and how we can do better.

I reached out to her because lately, I've been wrestling with my training as a coach. In hindsight, one of the programs focused a lot on building a business, but not so much on being a better coach. There I learned practices that aren't really aligned with my values. After trying hard to make them work for me, I got burned out. Now I'm creating a workflow and coaching style that feels right for me.

The coaching industry has a dark side and one I don't want to perpetuate. One that tends to prioritize profit for coaches over clients' experiences. One that views mindset as the only barrier to growth, and overlooks the lived experiences of people who hold identities different than the dominant culture.

As with most growth opportunities, I'm having to look at my part in all this. While I may never be free of my insecurities and biases, I am committed to noticing them and making changes for myself and my clients.

We'd love to know what you have to add to this conversation. Have you ever felt like your profession or work culture wasn't aligned with your values? How did that affect you? What did you do?

About Sarah:

Sarah Cook is a business strategist who loves helping entrepreneurs build their businesses in unique and effective ways by implementing strategies that make sense for their values, strengths, impact, and personal goals. Sarah resides in the beautiful state of Maine. She is an avid hiker, loves art, and daily dance parties.


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