Training, Coaching, Leading
Training, Coaching, Leading
Several years ago we had just started the Steelyard Academy. As an organization we were definitely in the “Learn It” phase of the forging process. Early one morning on our quest to do research, we had a phone interview with Clayton Christensen one of Forbes top 50 most influential theorists and Harvard Business School Professor www.claytonchristensen.com.
This was very much so, a “How do we help people be successful and balanced interview”. We had anticipated the interview for weeks. We were so excited to speak with one of the most knowledgeable minds ever. True to form,Clayton had the perfect recommendation. His book “Competing Against Luck” had just come out, and he went on to explain “Jobs Theory” to us. He then explained that the companies and people he consults know far more about their industry than he does. He explained that he teaches theory and then helps the organizations apply his theory to their business practices.
He then recommended us to a colleague of his who has helped thousands of organizations and people to be successful. After investing money that we didn’t have a lot of, we learned valuable lessons from James Johnston. He also helped people by teaching age old principles. This taught us that having a dedicated coach whom we could consult and would keep us accountable was a great way to ensure our progress.
We received knowledge from James and then received help from Ron McMillan Co-Founder of Vitalsmarts www.vitalsmarts.com. Again, Ron reminded us that principles were key to his success at Vitalsmarts, and they were the focus of Covey Leadership, another company he had helped get off the ground.
One day, we packed up, drove 400 miles and attended a two day conference with a company called Becoming Your Best www.becomingyourbest.com. Again we learned that principles were at the heart of another successful coaching and consulting company.
As we learned from wise people all around us, we put all of our efforts into living what they had taught. After several years of learning it, and living it, we decided to take all that we have learned to create our very own principles and let people apply them to their organizations and their lives.
Our vision is to “Forge Success Through Balance”. Each of these mentors has their own story of how and why they want to help people improve their organizations and their lives. We want to show you why success and balance are so important, and we want you to be able to tell your own story of success to others.
“Effective people lead their lives and manage their relationships around principles; ineffective people attempt to manage their time around priorities and their tasks around goals. Think effectiveness with people; efficiency with things.” Stephen R. Covey
“Indeed, while experiences and information can be good teachers, there are many times in life where we simply cannot afford to learn on the job. You don’t want to have to go through multiple marriages to learn how to be a good spouse. Or wait until your last child has grown to master parenthood. This is why theory can be so valuable: it can explain” Clayton M. Christensen
“The wisest use of these skills is to develop habits, lives, and loves, not to use them just occasionally in single interactions.” Ron McMillan
Many of the World’s most admired corporations, from GE to Goldman Sachs, invest in coaching. Annual spending on coaching in the US is estimated at roughtly $1 Billion Dollars.” Harvard Business Review
“I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable.” John Russell