an attractive move.
Which got me thinking: If Gerhauser
and Harvey had solved their own suburban working-mom juggling act only by
becoming coaches, how were they going to coach me to a more manageable
life, short of advising me to do what they
had done? Tammy La Gorce, life coach?
I don’t think so.
THE EXPERIMENT COMPLETE, I concluded that skepticism—the kind Fortgang warned about—renders me uncoachable. But why should I want to
change? Isn’t juggling responsibilities,
and sometimes feeling depleted by the
effort involved, a perfectly normal by-product of my station in life? Guiding me
to something else would be like coaching a leopard to change its spots, to use a
cliché Lurlene might appreciate.
But let’s not be too dismissive. All the
life coaches I met have invested heavily in training and networking. Four
of the five coaches belong to the ICF,
which means they have graduated from
an ICF-affiliated school and completed
at least 40 hands-on hours of coaching.
(Prior noted that he has notched more
than 10,000 hours.) Each of the coaches
is exceedingly professional, polite and
pragmatic. Unruly types with money
to burn might do well to get in touch.
But for those like me who can’t shed
their doubts, Life Coach Lurlene may
be a more viable model for enacting
After my two-week coach-a-palooza,
I conferred again with Fortgang. Could
Lurlene coach me into being coachable?
“Sure she could,” said Fortgang, her
accent thick as Lurlene’s eyeliner. “She’d
sit you down in a lawn chair and hand
you a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Then she’d say,
‘What’s really great in your life right
now?’ If you couldn’t come up with
much, she’d say, ‘Okay, so what makes
you think there’s no room for improve-
ment? If your car’s not running right,
you’d take it to a mechanic. That’s what I
am. A life mechanic.’”
Alas, I’ve never had great luck with
auto mechanics either. ■
Tammy La Gorce is a regular contributor.
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