30 Jan Q & A with Executive Coach and Strategist, Matt Gray
Name: Matthew Gray
Company: The Rocky Mountain Innovation Lab
Title: Executive Director, Coach and Strategist
Professional Background: Community service and leadership programming in colleges, teaching leadership courses, consultant
Alma Mater: The Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands
Last Book You Read: Stealing Fire
Advice you’ve been given and actually used: “Practice the disciplined pursuit of less” from Greg McKeown’s Essentialism. Read it!
Method of Relaxation: Being in nature, running, meditating, and hanging with my family
Often we, as human beings, get wrapped up in the chaos that is life. We schedule too many meetings, take on one too many projects, forget to put our phones on airplane mode for a rest, or don’t take advantage of the weekend. Perhaps at the top of the list of things we forget to do is think about and understand where we are going or what we want to do professionally. That means looking at things a little more long-term, like a year plus. The beginning of the year is always a good time to take pause and set goals. Where do you picture yourself by 2019? What goals do you have for yourself? Will you have mastered new skills? Helped your company increase business? Will you have gotten that promotion you’ve always wanted? Do you have any goals for yourself?
For people engaged in a growth mindset and ready to achieve what they want from their life and career, I coach clients to design and implement the solutions that will help them reach their goals and enable them to be successful. Many training programs provide invaluable materials and best practices, and then leave the attendee to fend for themselves in figuring out how to utilize the new learning. Coaching empowers people to discover essential solutions while simultaneously intentionally reflecting on their capacity and skills so they can reach their goals again and again.