Not many management topics are hotter than coaching. Sports coaches come to mind, but there are hundreds of corporate coaches doing seminars, conducting one-on-one sessions and publishing "how-to" books. But all coaches, whether it's Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, or an obscure writer/presenter, have similarities in their jobs. And good coaching is just as critical to succeeding in the financial world as it is in sports.

To be sure, there is an important distinction between professional coaching and life coaching. But be aware that in bank investment consulting, program and sales managers can find themselves acting as both. Good managers understand they must not only lead their teams, but must also help them deal with the stresses and personal issues of everyday life.

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