by Divya Parekh (USA)

Did you realise that there is much to learn from Michelangelo about how you can make an impact in your career? His creating a sculpture out of a rock can show you how you can market your coaching business to connect with potential clients, or how you can grow your coaching business.

When undertaking a project, the great artist first came up with an idea of his work of art. He painstakingly searched for the best piece of stone that allowed him to bring his approach to life. Then he would start chipping away at that stone, piece by piece, until he created a masterpiece such as David. Considered the most beautiful sculpture of the Renaissance period, an opinion that has not changed today, David is an enduring testimony to Michelangelo’s skill and genius.

Although you are an expert, you have probably discovered that the road to grow your influence and impact your bottom line is a long and difficult one.  Most likely, your potential consumers perceive you as a peer. Most of you are looking for the modern-day equivalent of a lasting work that will make others recognise you as an expert in your field. You are that quality piece of marble that is the seed of the masterpiece. Education, experience, and your work with others takes on the work of the chisel as you smooth out the sharp edges and bring into definition your assets and how you present yourself to the world. In all his masterpieces, Michelangelo’s reputation hinged on the rich detail of his paintings and sculptures. In that detail, his creations seemed to come alive and resonate with almost anyone who enjoyed his works.

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Source: iCN Issue 21  (Business Coaching); pages 40-42

About Divya Parekh

Divya Parekh is an international Executive Leadership Coach, 4-time #1 bestselling author, and a writing muse. She is CEO of The DP Group, a global coaching and consulting firm that provides leadership and team development services as well as corporate coaching.

Having success in four primary career paths, Divya has the expertise and knowledge of real-world business backed by a proven record of success. Divya brings over 25 years of rich and extensive experience in academia, the biopharmaceutical industry, and as a global executive and leadership coach. In each of her many roles, she has empowered leaders, seasoned executives, and management personnel with breakthrough insights, talent development strategies, and measurable business outcomes. She believes the key factor in leadership success is the partnerships we cultivate. Working with cross-functional groups, she inspires them to morph into high-performing, collaborative teams. Her technique utilizes measurable assessments, a supportive delivery method, and a bit of pointed accountability that ensures the success of both leaders and professionals in the organization.

As a Forbes Coaches Council Official Member, Divya is a regular contributor to Forbes. Divya is also the author of numerous leadership and entrepreneurial books. Her books include Stress Management, Mindfulness Mastery, Critical Thinking, Candid Critique, Appreciative Inquiry, Leadership and Influence, Emotional Intelligence, and The Entrepreneur’s Garden. As a writing muse, she has helped leaders, coaches, and entrepreneurs craft their authentic message that positions them as influencers in their industry.