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Bagels & Biz: Cory Carlson, Author, Speaker and Coach

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

Cory Carlson joined Steve King of People at Your Service, to talk about "Bringing Balance and Perspective to Growth." As a corporate executive, Cory saw both success and brokenness around him and realized that many business professionals were often not finding a balance in their lives so they could be successful at work and their personal lives so he started consulting and speaking to companies around the world to help change that.


A few highlights of their conversation.


“Information without implementation will never lead to transformation”

There’s a ton of information out there, we can all access and consume it. The difference is going and implementing it. Just pick one item and go for it, and start going down the path. That gets you started on your way. But if you keep consuming and consuming, you may become overwhelmed and freeze up.


Principle of the Five Capitals

The five capitals are a framework to guide your professional and personal life. If they are put in the right order they can help you live life to the fullest. Here they are, listed from most to least important:

  • Spiritual: Your connection to God or to a greater purpose. Something that is bigger than yourself. In business, this can be the vision and values of an organization.

  • Relational: Who is in your life, who are you investing in and who is investing in you?

  • Physical: This is your time and energy. Consider if you are controlling your schedule or is your schedule controlling you? Set boundaries for what you say yes to what you say no to.

  • Intellectual capital: What are you doing to add value (insights and ideas) to those you do life with?

  • Financial: How the dollars and cents fit into your life.


If you have these in the wrong order, the order that is best for you, it could set you up to fail and not be fulfilled.


Getting help from a coach or a counselor isn’t a weakness

There is a stigma that getting help from a coach or a counselor is a weakness but nothing could be farther from the truth. We sometimes have an expectation that we need to have all the answers, but the best leaders know that they don’t know it all and can find those who can help guide them.


As you start with your coach and talk to colleagues about it, you may realize more people are using a career or executive coach than you think.


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