I have a former client — full disclosure he is one of two clients I have ever fired. I fired him because he was not diligent in keeping our appointments.
He paid well. He was always apologetic. He always had an excuse. He was and is a very good CEO, the kind you enjoy working with because he does the work and he was a nice person. Hard worker.
A couple of years later, he wrote me a lovely letter apologizing for his behavior that I promised him I would burn.
Recently, he calls me and asks, “Can you give me some help? I’m trying to hire a CEO coach.”
I look at the phone, stifle a laugh, and say, “Absolutely.”