Coaching is an amazing process used to catalyze professional growth and transition. Most of my clients are already wildly successful, but may be at a point wondering whether or not they’re putting their energy into the ‘right’ place. Read on to see if you’re ready for coaching now.
A lot of people don’t really know what coaching is outside of the sports arena. It’s a process where we use Socratic questioning and active listening to determine what your top goals are and why for real professional (and personal) growth. Goals can focus on near-term items (in the next ~6mos) and more far-reaching visions. Sessions are typically an hour long conducted face-to-face in a relatively private setting, over the telephone, or via video-conference. Progress can be made within as little as 20 minutes, and the coaching process can continue for years.
We use the GOOD model (courtesy of the College of Executive Coaching), which stands for defining Goals, understanding Opportunities and Obstacles, and ultimately defining what you’re going to Do to achieve your goals. A coach acts as a mirror, reflecting back to you what they hear you saying and following your verbal and non-verbal ques to confirm actions and words.
Coaching is an on-going relationship which focuses on the client taking action toward the realization of their vision, goals, or desires. It uses a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build the client’s level of awareness and responsibility, and provides the client with structure, support and feedback. The top three reasons why coaches are engaged are to: 1) develop high potentials or facilitate transition (48%), 2) act as a sounding board (26%), and 3) address derailing behavior (12%), Harvard Business Review.
Coaching is holistic, values-based, and action oriented. The goal is to reflect what the client is saying in such a way that it enables future action. For the most part, we will offer advice only occasionally based on our own experiences. You typically have the answers within you, you just need a little support in rooting them out and prioritizing what steps to take right now. Coaching is focused on success-oriented client feedback based on client input. Personal and leadership assessments (such as the Meyers-Briggs, Personalysis, and emotional intelligence inventories) are also commonly used in coaching.
I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.
Executives who get the most out of coaching have a fierce desire to learn and grow.
A coach may be the guardian angel to rev up your career.
Across corporate America, coaching sessions at many companies have become as routine for executives as budget forecasts and quote meetings.
Coaches are not for the meek. They’re for people who value unambiguous feedback. All coaches have one thing in common. It’s that they are ruthlessly results-oriented.
“Many of the world’s most admired corporations, from GE to Goldman Sachs, invest in coaching. Annual spending on coaching in the US is estimated at roughly $1 billion.”