As the year draws to close, many leaders look for ways to do better and be more effective in the coming year. If your thoughts are taking you in this direction, it may be time to invest in executive coaching. Coaching allows you to personalize a program that will build on your strengths and get you moving towards your specific goals.
From online courses to in-person training, a motivated executive will never be at a loss to find enrichment programs. But coaching, specifically, is a tailored one-on-one approach that can yield better results. Most often, a coach will spend time getting to get to know you, learn more about the direction you would like go, understand what may be getting in the way of your progress to reach those goals, and provide you the tools to create an action plan. You are creative, resourceful, and whole; an effective coach is responsible for your discovery, clarifying your direction, and providing you alignment.
Do Your homework
Before you start your search, spend time thinking about how you work, and your specific goals. Make a list of your individual wants, needs, and objectives. Once complete, start your search for a coach. Keep in mind, not all coaches are the same, and not everyone will be a good fit for you.
Some questions to ask while you’re searching for a coach:
• Are you certified, if so, by whom?
• Where did you receive your training to become a coach?
• What is your background?
• What is your coaching philosophy?
• What commitment do you ask of your clients?
• What tools do you use in your coaching, and why?
Begin with the end in mind
Once you’ve found a coach, get clear about what results you’d like to see. Work together to set realistic goals and a plan to get there. A coach is there to cheer you on but also to challenge you to work smarter, think bigger, and do better. Be honest about your flaws and blind spots, and let your coach help you best address them.
Invest and Engage
Like any meaningful endeavor or relationship, you must commit to doing the work. Before you spend a minute with a coach, you need to commit to do the work and engage fully. It’s not enough to participate. Coaching may involve changing habits and thinking differently. Keep in mind that real, meaningful change often comes when you can work outside of your comfort zone.
As you discuss your goals, strengths, and opportunities, be honest with yourself and your coach. Trust is the keystone of a successful outcome in working with a coach. Investing in yourself is a smart move to make the coming year even more successful. A coach can be an asset to help you streamline, push you into innovation, help you recognize your blind spots, and build on skills you already have.
If you need help finding a coach, we can help! HR Advantage Group has a certified coach on staff, and we would enjoy speaking with you about your specific needs. Out of state? We video-chat with our clients regularly and find this to be a seamless and positive interaction. We also recognize we may not be the right fit for you but welcome the opportunity to help you get started on this journey.
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