Coaching is a practical activity that requires no professional qualifications. To the outsider to be easy to do, it can seem easy to do, especially for someone with reasonable life experience and interpersonal skills. However, the skills of coaching do not necessarily come naturally or develop with age, experience or seniority. Much of what you have learned as a leader has to be unlearned to become a good coach. But what you learn in becoming a good coach is - paradoxically - hugely valuable in becoming a better leader. In tough economic times getting the best out of yourself and others becomes more important than ever. This is the story of how one individual in a senior leadership position embarked on a journey to become a coach. It tells how she learned the skills through a combination of training, supervision, and practical experience. Packed with real life case studies, reflections noted shortly after each client interaction provide authenticity and immediacy, while the themes they are gathered into provide structure and narrative flow. This is no guru's guide but a real-life traveller's tale - honest, frank, pithy and personal.It will provide inspiration for anyone on a similar road, indicating the risks, adventures, setbacks and triumphs ahead.