How to Get the Most from Coaching
This guide briefly outlines some of the things you can do to maximize the value of your coaching experience.
Focus on What You Really Want
Coaching works best when you have clear goals that are based on your true values. First we encourage you to deeply consider what you want your career to look like. Then, identify the gaps between the way things are now and how you would like them to be. Many people struggle with this, so if you’re unsure about what it is you really want to achieve, coaching is an excellent tool that can provide you with greater clarity.
Get to Know Yourself Newly
Working with an experienced, empathic coach is a healthy way to grow. Most leaders hire a coach to work on specific goals and much of the time and focus is on these objectives. Yet with coaching many leaders discover new parts of themselves and find they adjust their goals to be more in alignment with who they really are. Accelerated personal and professional growth is the hallmark of coaching.
Double Your Level of Willingness
Part of working with your coach is that he/she will ask a lot of you, perhaps more than you may have been asked recently. We request that you be willing to experiment with fresh approaches and try on new beliefs. We will invite you to raise your personal standards and set bigger goals. Ultimately you need to decide what is best for you, however the more willing you are to grow, the greater the benefits from coaching.
Come Prepared to Each Coaching Call
To get the most value out of the coaching session, we request that you prepare a written agenda for each call. Many participants use the provided “Session Preparation Form.” This doesn’t have to be a big, time-consuming thing and usually only requires 10-20 minutes. Investing that small amount of time to prepare for the call and emailing an agenda to your coach beforehand will have a huge impact on your session.
It is important for the integrity and value of the coaching relationship that you and your coach are open and honest with each other. In this light, what you discuss with your coach will remain completely confidential.
Article contributed by Simon Lee, Accredited Master Executive Coach