Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Seven point check before you hire your coach

Coaching is one learning theme which is bubbling under, yet not utilized to its fullest potential. Most Entrepreneurs, Organizations and Executives have always had a tacit need for exploring their true potential and life directions, but have taken a backseat due to environmental noise, operating in patterns and unwillingness to challenge the status quo. On the other hand there are some who are silently pursuing their goals and agenda for transformation, priming themselves to embrace a much sought after future. As success of coaching initiatives requires significant commitment from both coach and client, the results are extremely diverged. Some experience radical changes that transform the way they lead their lives, while others do not.

Overconfidence, stubbornness, confusion, resentment, procrastination and laziness are the giant killers that block any meaningful changes. Much as quite a few hire a health instructor in anticipation of weight loss but are never sincere about dieting or exercising right. Some of them undermine and ignore the need for a good coach, which is a prime requirement to drive meaningful behavioural change with consistency, commitment and highest integrity. As the market gets more and more coaches, the differentiation emerges clearly. Like any other profession, there are average, good and great coaches. As coaching does offer high value (not essentially cheap), how does one pick a coach for personal or organizational goals. Here are a few pointers that might come handy while making the choice;

  1. Passion: Coaches who exude passion with the coaching process are a great choice to make. Many studies globally have shown that passion is an innate quality in successful coaches. They are known to fire up and inculcate energy in their clients towards their goals.
  2. Discipline: Coaches who are disciplined themselves can drive the same in their clients. Discipline is infectious, and with time, most sensible coachee’s observe and imbibe it. In my personal experience, I have seen most undisciplined clients disrespecting time, terms and even appointments, change over a period of time.
  3. Experience: Nothing can replace experience. Experience in their niche, or professions is a definite edge that helps one to establish great communication and rapport during a coaching engagement. Irrespective of the industry, or business, fundamentally sound coaches can decipher clients needs.
  4. Diversity: Patterns emerge out of “Like Effort, Like Result”. When one is looking out for breaking the status quo, dissimilar thinking can do wonders, as it challenges ones thinking and cognitively sparks off newer ways and ideas. It is equally important for the client to be ready to accept diverse ideas and negotiate the nest outcomes suited for them.
  5. Empathy: Coaches who can identify with clients issues, yet subtly drive a result oriented agenda are always a good choice for a coaching engagement. At the same time, coachee’s need to be alert to receive the ‘signals’ that are exchanged during coaching conversations. Coaches who are good ‘Relators’ are a great asset to have.
  6. Futuristic: Great coaches are ‘Futuristic’, as they tend to focus not on ‘what it is’, but ‘what it needs to be’, in the best interest and desirability of the coachee’s goals. These are ones who handhold clients and help them attain newer directions and orbits.
  7. Conceptual skills: Coaches with sound conceptual base, offer an enriching experience as they brush up, augment and satiate the need for knowledge and skills that helps coachee’s forever in various life situations.  
    So, next time you are on a look out for a good coach for a life goal, do hunt for the traits that can make your coaching engagements a fruitful, goal oriented journey. Accountability has done wonders in the pursuit of organizational and professional agendas, and it may be a great idea to have a good coach to partner your journey to your next goal.
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