As you may or may not have seen in the news (er, tabloids) recently, Lindsay Lohan’s docu-series on Oprah’s OWN network has been airing to mixed reviews.
(In my personal opinion, Lohan has a lot of deep issues that will never be dealt with so long as she is surrounded by enablers.)
However, the point of of this post is not Lohan, but her life coach, A.J. Johnson.
In the latest episode, after an emotional disagreement with Lohan, Johnson quit.
In an on-camera interview Johnson said:
“Sometimes it’s best to leave before it gets ugly… it’s not personal, it’s just not really the time to dig in and do the help…”
This is an important lesson all life coaches should consider. Whether you’ve been faced with this decision in your career or not, chances are you will at some point. Obviously, you want to get through to even the toughest clients, but at what point do you draw the line?
When you recognize your client is not being responsive to your coaching, or worse- reacting negatively- do you stay the course or go your separate ways? Do you know when it’s time to quit?
The right time to quit is going to be different for every person and every circumstance. Some coaches may feel quitting is a sign you’ve failed your client, but on the other hand, perhaps severing ties is a sign that you truly see your client and what they can do in the moment.
Maybe it’s time to rethink your thoughts on what it means “to quit.”
The decision to part ways from a client is both a personal and professional choice. Where do you draw that line?