What’s the Value of Having a Good Coach or Mentor?

In this episode, we speak to the award-winning coach and keynote speaker, Simon Alexander Ong.


  • The importance of human connection in the world of business and how telling our authentic stories is so powerful.
  • Simon explains the benefits of transformative coaching, and he often shares with sceptics one of his favourite TED Talks from Dr. Atul Gawande.
  • The idea of slowing down to speed up is because we can listen and be more connected to that voice within.
  • How having a routine is vital; designing your life begins with planning your days, and a productive day starts the night before.
  • Why coaching is so impactful, and the real art is making things simple to understand, simple to action, and straightforward to follow.
  • One question we can all spend more time dwelling on: Are your current actions and choices currently reflective of what you are telling me is important?
  • When you come from a place of joy, happiness, and love, you want to show up and express the gifts you were born to share with the world.
  • Simon reminds us that a super-power we often forget is we have the power to choose one thought over another.


Peter Griffiths
Peter Griffiths
Although I never planned it this way, I had two parallel careers before co-founding my own company. I performed as an electronic musician at numerous international festivals and clubs, including the Glastonbury and Creamfields festivals. At the same time, I served as a people manager for large-scale organisations in Europe and the Middle East. Balancing such diverse careers helped bring the benefits of creativity into the workplace and gave me valuable problem-solving and leadership experience. My travels through business, music performances, and personal adventures have taken me to 50 countries and five continents. Those experiences allowed me to cultivate meaningful relationships with people from many different cultures and backgrounds. Throughout my career, I learned how to maximise individuals' potential and create the right conditions for creativity and innovation to flourish. By fostering diverse thinking and developing a psychologically safe environment, I am skilled in bringing out the best in others and showing others how to build high-performing teams from their own experience. My leadership approach has always been to trust first, nurture growth through opportunities that arise from failure and uncertainty. Knowing first-hand the value of communication and self-reflection, I seek to guide people to reconnect with their wisdom, creativity, and passion for life. Over the last two decades, I developed hundreds of individuals and high-performing teams for Orange Telecom in the United Kingdom and Zurich International Life in the United Arab Emirates, and in Germany. Currently, I work as a creativity consultant, certified executive coach, and mentor.

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  1. Ultimately, mentoring would seem more personal and nourishing. The mentor takes the mentor on a journey of support and encouragement. Coaching on the other hand offers the same promises of growth and satisfaction but the journey taken to achieve these goals is one of the fastest in a seemingly competitive environment. A more intense shorter solution for self-improvement and progress of the team or individual. Coaching can be applied to many other aspects of life and is used as a key element in business skills, academics, relationships, life skills, health and wellness, and more. When coaching and mentoring come together, the individual receives the best of both ideals as Super Bowl champion Darrell Green testified throughout his career as a world-class sportsman. A coach who encouraged and activated participation produced the best combination for success.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Aldo. Both coaching and mentorship have their time and place in a person’s transformational journey, and I also benefit from having both in my life. I currently have a business coach and a few go-to mentors when I want to bounce ideas off and get some help.

  2. Excellent points of order outlining the power of coaching with the right stuff. I’d mention one superpower we possess, yet often disregard – vulnerability. As a musician you can relate to being in the ‘zone’ with the music (I’m a prog drummer) and even in such places in moments of team building when an emerging need bubbles up in discussion. The notion of cognitive dissonance, the question of congruence in saying and doing, leads us to working ‘on’ our goals and objectives instead of ‘in’ them and getting caught up in non-productive activity. Thanks for the tasty tidbits, Peter… Loved it!

    • Thanks, Zen,
      It is excellent to hear you are a drummer, my favourite part of the band as the glue of rhythm. Yes, vulnerability is vital for transformational. You get to feel whatever you feel, and only when you get comfortable can you show up authentically and show up as the real you, right? I also loved that you mention cognitive dissonance,. That moment when you are on the cusp of a gift of new information that makes the old not make sense anymore, and it’s at that point when you need people around you such as a coach or mentor to support you in gently leaning into that new reality.