Need a Coach? Let’s Go Surfing!

Having served as the Executive Director for the LA County Bicycle Coalition, I learned a great deal about what it takes to lead an organization. For the last nine years since I left the Bike Coalition, I have further developed my own skills in fundraising, board development, strategic planning, facilitation and leadership development. One area of my consulting practice that gives me great fulfillment is serving as a coach for Executive Directors.

I work to provide my coaching clients a safe space for them to reflect on the challenges they face, set goals and support them as they work to implement solutions. The results of coaching for my clients include greater confidence, increased effectiveness, better understanding and renewed passion.

Because Executive Directors spend so much time in the office and in front of their computer, I encourage my coaching clients to spend their coaching time with me outside, especially since the weather in LA is great year-round. I also find that people are more mentally alert when they engage in some sort of physical activity while meeting with their coach, instead of just sitting down.

So if you’re interested building your capacity as a leader and want a coach, here is where I propose we go:

  • Surfing: Whether you’re a pro or a novice, spending time in the Pacific refreshes your spirit and helps clear your head. You’ll learn about patience and the art of being present in addition to chatting about whatever challenges you face as a leader.
  • Biking: One of my favorite places to ride with clients is Griffith Park. There’s a lovely car-free loop with spectacular views of the city below. You get a great workout while also discussing whatever challenges you face. You also get a great perspective on putting your challenges in a larger context when you’re looking down at the city below.
  • Hiking/Walking: Griffith Park also has an extensive network of dirt fire-roads that wind through the beautiful terrain while also giving two people the space to walk side by side and enjoy a conversation with each other.

Just the simple act of leaving your office and getting away from all of the distractions makes a big difference. Combine that with some physical activity and a coach who has experienced the challenges your facing first hand will help you take your leadership to the next level.

If you’re interested in discussing this further, please contact me at (323) 793-0591. Thanks.

About Ron Milam

Ron Milam, MSOD, works to transform the Pacific Coast into a sustainable region through leadership and organization development for collaborative change initiatives. Since 2005, Ron has served over 150 clients as an organization and network development practitioner.
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