Our CEO Lucas Roberts has been involved in Executive Success Programs since July of 2009. He did an interview for ESP and it’s online now. Enjoy!
You can see the full article here: http://blog.executivesuccessprograms.com/it-and-executive-success-programs-a-great-match
One of Executive Success Programs’ greatest strengths is the diversity of its coaching team. Lucas Roberts holds many roles: he’s a self-proclaimed tech nerd and an entrepreneur, as well as a regional executive and professional coach with ESP. In this interview, Lucas discusses why his work as a coach is so meaningful to him, and what he’s working to achieve with the company.
In addition to your work with ESP, what else do you do for a living?
I’m the owner of Macinhome, an Apple-specialized IT consulting firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia. We help people achieve their goals and change the world faster using kick ass Mac gear.
What’s changed in your life since you began coaching with ESP?
I feel good in my skin. I’m moving my life and my projects forward in ways I feel really good about. I’ve always had trouble moving projects forward in my life—even as far back as elementary school assignments. Since working on my emotional resources and motivation using ESP tools, I’ve been able to crack that mystery and begin thriving. The coolest thing is that consistent striving is actually easier than not pushing at all, and I’m enjoying the journey more than ever. This is new and fantastic—money couldn’t buy that.
What do you hope to build with ESP?
I love helping people bust through their biggest blocks and limitations so they can take huge steps forward in their business. I mean really breaking new ground in their most lofty and scary goals. Perhaps more importantly: I want those same people to feel like they can really be themselves—their best version of themselves—and live a life that’s extraordinary while doing it. I want to share our vision with business and world leaders—I want to fly around the world, meet with influential people and invite them to work with us to build a better world together.
What has it taken to continue to strengthen yourself and the Vancouver team?
I’ve spent the past year learning how to be a leader in an often very humbling and failure-heavy way. In other words, just getting in there and doing it. I’ve also been pushing to build better, more humane relationships with the Vancouver community. For example, I call one coach every day to just connect with them, see where they’re at in life, and help them if I can. The work I’ve done with ESP and some of the other NXIVM companies has helped tremendously as well: I’ve built a whole new understanding of being a leader, and being able to see and deal with my effects more clearly. I always thought leaders weren’t allowed to fail, especially not in public. I’ve since learned that it’s more about how you fail—failing joyfully—and getting up again. This alone has completely shifted my relationship with everyone I lead, making it okay for everyone to experiment, strive, fail, learn and grow.
How does being an IT technologist relate to working with ESP’s tech?
I love the overlap between ESP coaching and Macinhome. For instance, I used ESP’s tools to work through my fears around expression on camera and created a YouTube channel that I’m really proud of (and I collaborated with Kenrick Block, whom I met through ESP). We got our first client from Facebook paid marketing with this video.
As an ESP coach, I’m building muscles of compassion, precise and flexible thinking, holding people accountable to the things they say they want, and helping people learn about themselves by getting through their limitations.
I’m seeing more and more the results of doing these things in my company and with our clients: Our clients feel heard and understood. They get what they want, even when they don’t yet know what they want, and they’re open about what’s working for them and what isn’t. They’re comfortable giving honest feedback on the value they got —or didn’t get— from our work, which helps us to constantly calibrate and improve things. By being more flexible and adaptable, we’re making more money, they’re getting better results, and they’re much happier working with us.
Our consultants are constantly trying new things and expanding their abilities. We have a culture of learning and improvement, where failure is encouraged and joking around is the norm —all while getting great results and moving projects forward. Best of all, we have fun!
If someone told me seven years ago (before joining ESP) that becoming more compassionate and sensitive to where people are at would make my company more successful, I would’ve scoffed at the idea. Boy, was I wrong.