EXECUTIVE COACHING ISN’T FOR EVERYONE
Executive Coaching is designed for business leaders that are only interested in being the best. These men and women are not interested in just dabbling into what makes them tick. They are committed to doing whatever it takes to excel in business and in life. They are committed to bringing out the best in themselves and those around them. They are committed to Going for the Gold and they know that, like Olympic athletes, a coach will help them achieve it.
Coaching is a well defined and planned process based on the goals of the client and his/her organization. It is hard hitting, real and sometimes difficult. It is designed to develop skills in people that they have not yet realized. Most people will not change until things get so painful that they no longer have a choice.Executive Coaching is designed to get you to discover and look closely at yourself and your organization with a critical eye… and then do something concrete to change those things that are taking you down the wrong road.
Here are three questions you can ask yourself before you even begin to look for a coach:
- One, are you willing to work hard on making the necessary changes in yourself and your organization to achieve the goals you set? The coach will never do the work for you. You will have to find the resources and take the action necessary to shape your ideal future.
- Two, are you willing to be held accountable? Coaches tend to ask the hard questions people are not willing to ask themselves. When you say you are going to do something, you had better be ready to do it, because the coach will call you on it if you don’t.
- Three, are you willing to take the time necessary to accomplish your vision? Executive Coaching is not a quick fix relationship. Most coaches ask for at least a three month commitment because it takes at least that long to affect a lasting change. Besides, if it was easy you would have done it already.
If you are receptive to being coached and willing to be held accountable for achieving the goals you have set – then coaching works. However, it is critical to find the right coach. Interview the potential coach before you make a commitment. Request a free sample session to see if your styles match. Set high standards for yourself and what you want to accomplish. Think of what you want your company to be like without limits of time, money and skill. Allow yourself to design a future that would astound and delight everyone around you. That is what any good coach wants for you and your organization. Every good coach enjoys a challenge and is willing to stick with you as long as you need them to get where you want to go.
If this sounds like what you are looking for then Go for the Gold! Take a few minutes and fill out the Coaching Readiness Form. You will be glad you did.
THE COACHING RELATIONSHIP
Executive Coaching is all about maximizing YOUR potential and talents to reach the highest levels of success and ‘wins’ in your life and career.
Having a coach is like having your own personal navigator for your life’s journey. The coach helps you chart your course and reach your destination. Imagine having someone in your corner who is totally committed to your success.
Imagine a relationship that places the total focus on you, achieving your career and life goals and helps you clarify your dreams, aspirations, passions, and values.
A coach is a professional who provides a “safe” place for you to move beyond superficial, inhibited, self-limiting conversations, so that you have the confidence to express even your doubts and fears with someone who helps you gain the tools and strength you need to defeat the attitudes and behaviors that have sabotaged your past success and created stress in your life.
Imagine having a trustworthy, confidential relationship with someone who will absolutely tell you the truth – about where you are strong, and where you sell yourself short.
Someone who knows your values and your life purpose, and will help you hold yourself true to them.
Someone who will accept everything you communicate without judgment, always seeking to draw out the very best in you.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A COACH?
Whether you are in career transition, realizing a life-long dream to create your own business or take your existing business to the next level, experiencing a life changing situation, personally and/or professionally or have reached a placed of self reinvention – a coach will help you navigate your course to achieve the results you desire. A coach fills this vital need that no one else can meet.
All of us have meaningful conversations about our lives and careers once in a while with spouses, family, friends and business associates, but these helpful and well intended listeners are not trained to identify the most significant issues you are facing to achieve your career and life successes. A coach is available regularly and consistently, to support and guide one through trials and triumphs.
Many people believe that hard work and doing it on their own are the keys to finding the quality of life, success, money or happiness that they seek. They believe that a price must be paid to attain what they want and often that price is poor health, not having enough time to enjoy life, strained family relationships, and lessened productivity. The saddest part is that, even though this effort may result in more of something, it is often not the “something” they had in mind.
Athletes and performers know about this trap. They know that they need someone else, a “trained” someone else, to help them set goals, discover real needs, and work effectively toward excellence, and they are willing to invest in a coach or a teacher. No serious athlete or musician would expect to progress very far without one.