If you were going to take on the sports world… enter a competition at the peak of your game… wouldn’t you consider bringing on the best possible coach to help achieve your goals?
Of course you would.
Similarly, in your career, coaching has the power to release your potential – and help you achieve your desired goals.
Coaching in the business world has increasingly emphasized getting the best out of someone so they can get from where they are now to where they want to be:
PERFORMANCE = POTENTIAL minus INTERFERENCE
It’s not about fixing people or telling them what to do. At its core is the unconditional belief that the answer lies within each of us. The coach’s job is to help release that potential.
At its best, coaching is a trusting relationship between someone whose primary focus is to support you in recognising what you are capable of achieving. The role of the coach is in asking the right questions, listening so they can hold up a mirror to your progress and walking alongside ready to catch you if you fall as you work through what is right for you. Both coaches and mentors will provide support and challenge.
You may be someone who says you don’t know what you want, who lacks confidence to take action or make changes in your life and who settles for what you have – sometimes because it’s the devil you know, and sometimes because you don’t know what steps to take or what direction to head in, or you can’t see the wood for the trees.
“Ego and arrogance are the enemy of coachability”
– Tom Bolt
So ask yourself:
Are You Coachable?
If you want to do something about it, here are 11 ways to test if you are truly coachable:
- Is your intent to develop and improve serious?
- Do you want to evolve, grow and adapt or switch gears when needed?
- Are you are prepared to keep your commitments to your coach?
- Are you are willing to be open, honest and objective?
- Are you are prepared to show humility?
- Will you take on the hard work of personal reflection?
- Are you open-minded and willing to try new ways of learning?
- Are you willing to explore, challenge, and change thoughts, feelings and actions that you recognize as limitations to your development?
- Will you take constructive feedback well?
- Are you willing to give regular feedback on your coach’s effectiveness?
- Do you understand that your coach will support, encourage and challenge you while you do the work and reap the benefits of your efforts?
Help is available. You can reach your potential. First, you have to be coachable.
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About the Author: David Shindler is the author of “Learning to Leap, a Guide to Being More Employable”. An experienced coach and people development expert, David specializes in developing and accelerating employability. He also runs the Employability Hub (a social learning community and resource center), the Learning to Leap group on LinkedIn and Facebook fan page. Tweet David, or contact him via his website.