This isn’t news, exactly, but since I just discovered it, it was news to me. There is a marvelous article in The New Yorker from 2011 on the importance of coaching for everyone, even people who are at the top of their professions. It was written by Atul Gawande, a surgeon who is also a staff writer for The New Yorker, so some of the focus is on what surgeons can gain from coaching, but only some of it. Gawande jumps around from athletes to musicians to school teachers before talking about his own experience with having a “coach” help him improve his surgical performance, and it is all excellent.
Read it. You can find it at http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/03/personal-best.