Is Coaching Right For You?
According to a July 2011 American Management Association survey, almost half of participating organizations use coaching to prepare individuals for
promotion or for a new role.
The survey notes the three most common uses for coaching
are: leadership development, remedial performance improvement, and optimizing strong contributors. Most coaches meet
with senior-level staff in person or by phone,
either every other week or once a month for
about a year, though they increasingly are
available for emergency consults.
Should you engage the services of an
executive coach, consider the following
four ways to make your coaching experience
need someone to push and challenge you, to
encourage you, and hold you accountable.
But you also need someone you trust and can
talk to easily. It’s a relationship, just as with a
spouse or coworker—and it has to work.
Make sure your boss—and your boss’s boss—share their
expectations and hoped-for outcomes with you. Then make
sure your coach knows that those things belong at the top of
your goals list.
Make;sure;you;get;what;you;pay;for. Come prepared
with issues or questions that have a direct correlation to suc-
cess in your job. Some coaches send summaries
with recommendations; you can refer to it to
recall advice and outcomes.
Allow him or her to observe you interacting
with your peers or your direct reports. This also
gives your colleagues a sense that you’re seen as
valuable and promotable. And its shows them
that you’re working on improving yourself.
Fortune, September 2011
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