Part I: When to Hire a Professional Coach
It’s no secret that many executives rely on professional coaches to catapult them into their careers. However, you don’t have to be in the C-suite to benefit from coaching and it can happen at any point in your career. A coach can help you develop your leadership and interpersonal skills, increase your self-confidence and productivity, and improve your communication skills. Here are five cases where turning to a coach can help.
1. You are leading a team for the first time
A leadership position is an opportunity for growth, but it also means that you are responsible for motivating and developing your team. A coach can help you understand your leadership style and explain how to adjust that style to bring out the best in every member of your team. A coach can also offer advice on redefining the relationships with the coworkers you lead now, as it can be difficult to objectively assess a friend’s work.
2. You are stuck in a rut
If your career is at a standstill, if you lack self-motivation, or if you just don’t know what career step you should take, a professional coach can help you identify what’s holding you back and develop a plan to recover. on track or deciding when to make a change.
3. You seek clarity in a difficult situation
If you’re having interpersonal issues at work or trying to make an important decision, you might be looking for a quick fix. The job of a coach is not to provide quick fixes; instead, he or she will help you develop the skills to identify the root cause of the problem so that you can fix the issues on your own. You will come out of the coaching sessions armed with strategies to manage future crises and conflicts. Coaching focuses on long-term sustainability, not on a one-off solution to a single problem.
4. You are very motivated to learn and grow
People who believe that abilities can be developed are more likely to flourish than those who have a fixed mindset. If you want to advance in your career, a coach can help you identify a strategy.
5. You want more responsibility
Coaches can make sure you stay on track and help you find ways to continually work towards your goals. You may tend to procrastinate, ignore issues, or you may be a perfectionist who is afraid of failure. Plans, strategies and checks developed with a coach can help you stay on track to achieve your short and long term goals. Don’t be ashamed of wanting a coach. Well-functioning organizations recognize that a coach can help anyone who is trying to maximize their performance and potential. And effective leaders value people who have dedicated time and thought to developing their professional skills through coaching.
Part II: Tips for Choosing the Right Professional Coach
You’ve decided it’s time to take your career to the next level by hiring a professional coach. Congratulations! Here are five tips to help you choose the right person.
1. Ask yourself: what do I want from a coach?
Start with a basic plan of what you hope to gain from coaching. Do you want to: Improve your decision-making skills? Gain confidence to lead? Know its strengths and weaknesses? Develop resilience? All the foregoing? Knowing what you want will make it easier to find the right person to help you get it.
“Coaching focuses on long-term sustainability, not on a one-off solution to a single problem. “- Traci Manalani
2. Credibility is the key
Anyone can sell themselves as a coach. However, coaches who earn degrees through a professional coaching organization, such as the International Coaching Federation or EMCC Global, have demonstrated their level of excellence, code of ethics, and often have a track record of results. .
3. Hire someone you trust
You will share your fears, hopes, weaknesses and other personal and professional information with your coach. Professional coaches are discreet and supportive; these qualities are part of a coach’s code of ethics. It can take time to develop a relationship, so ask questions to get to know them and take the time you need to build relationships and trust.
4. Find a coach, not a problem solver
The primary function of a coach is to develop your personal and professional potential, not to quickly solve a problem. Avoid coaches who claim to have all the answers. Instead, choose a coach who will encourage long-term sustainability that allows you to apply critical thinking and solve future problems independently.
5. Test the chemistry
In any long-term relationship, it’s all about chemistry. A qualified coach will usually go through an intake interview to get to know you and understand what you hope to accomplish; it’s also an opportunity to ask questions and get an idea of their methodology. Think about the productive professional relationships you’ve had in the past (with co-workers, for example) and what makes them so. This will help you think about what might work for you in a coach. The coach you hire should not only help you achieve your goals, but can also keep you motivated and inspired throughout the coaching process. Think carefully and choose wisely.
Expert of the month:
Director of Organizational Effectiveness,
The Hawaii Employers Council