As learning consultants, we have many superpowers. One, in particular, is the ability to be a coach. While there are many different types of coaches, they all share the ability to serve as a mirror.
This unique trait helps individuals and organizations tap into the vitality necessary to challenge any circumstance and build strategic roadmaps. When successful, this can result in boundless organizational growth and success.
Over the past few years, those coaching superpowers have been tested. Consultants have had to turn the mirror on themselves, forcing many to innovate, quickly pivot, and reevaluate services to adapt to the new normal.
So, what happens when you need help?
Table of Contents
- 3 Signs You Need a Coach
- 3 Considerations to Help You Select the Right Coach
- Final Thoughts
Typically, coaches are so focused on being client-focused service providers that they often forget to polish their own mirrors.
In other words, seeking advice or mentoring could help you maintain those special skills so you can continue to show up for the individuals and organizations who need you the most.
Airlines ask passengers to put on their own masks before helping someone else. Similarly, as a consultant, it’s critical to recharge your own powers first. You must periodically refocus, realign, and reset your skills and strengths.
With that in mind, here are three situations that signal the need for a coach:
Imposter syndrome is defined as an internal experience of believing you are not as competent as others perceive you to be; a fraud. The term is usually narrowly applied to intelligence and achievement.
It’s the experience of feeling like a phony in some area of your life, despite any success you may have accomplished.
As a professional consultant, an essential skill is being able to quickly observe, assess and process information at an elevated level for our clients.
Think about how often we ask clients the golden question, “What happens to you, the team, or the organization if we ignore this problem?” Turn the coaching mirror on yourself and ask the same question.
Consider the consequences if you don’t invest in your own strategies for long-term growth and well-being.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, life is a series of ongoing challenges.
In times of uncertainty, people need the vitality to challenge circumstances, the wisdom to chart a new or revised success map, and abundant energy to ceaselessly take action.
Once you have determined you need a coach, the next step is to find one.
However, it is not quite that simple. The most important thing is to select the right person to help you.
So, here are three things you should consider before hiring someone:
Tony Robbins defines a good coach as someone “Who motivates you through peaks and valleys of entrepreneurship, pushes your limits, and helps noticeably grow your business.” Today, he still uses individual coaching to drive continued growth.
There are three main categories or types of coaches, career, accountability, and life. Consider the definition of each and decide if you need one specific type or maybe you need all three in one.
Whoever you choose should be able to connect or relate to you and deliver a personalized experience. This does not mean you should pick someone just like you, but just the opposite.
You deserve a tailored approach that aligns with your values and intrinsic/extrinsic motivators, not someone who will only tell you what you want to hear.
You want a coach that meets you where you are through:
- Active listening
- Thoughtful analysis
- Providing a strategic stretch plan
Another key consideration when hiring a coach is understanding their particular areas of strength. Specifically, you should evaluate their expertise as a results-driven guru, an accountability partner, and a mentor.
According to a study by the American Society of Training & Development (ATD), you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone. So it stands to reason if you set up regular check-ins with the person you’ve committed to, you’ll increase your chances of success by up to 95%.
Additionally, before making your final choice, their reputation, track record, and cost are also important to consider.
Bruce Lee, one of the greatest martial arts superheroes and coaches, once said, “The stiffest tree is most easily cracked…the willow survives by bending with the wind.”
Enlisting the support of a coach during significant life changes, whether personally or professionally, is a critical strategy for maintaining your superpowers and thriving no matter what character-building opportunities come your way.
If you have ever hired a coach before, what made you decide you needed one? What are some of the most important traits you look for in a coach? Your experience matters; share your thoughts with us on LinkedIn or Twitter!