For some very strange reason, when some people hear “(Life) coach”, they automatically get on the defensive, thinking that it is beneath them to call upon someone to help them live a better life. After all, they have no issues that they need to face! And they certainly don’t need anybody to tell them how to lead their life! If you really know about coaching, you must be cringing at the sight of these misconceptions but hey, thankfully there’s always a nice little article to put things right.
Even better, you can know all the essentials about coaching from my free download ‘Your GDL Coaching Guide’ (see link at bottom). 😉
However, in this post, I will emphasise the fact that coaching actually is actively sought by those who are already flying high and want to reach higher. Let’s take executives for example.
“Executive coaches are not for the meek. They’re for people who value unambiguous feedback. All coaches have one thing in common; it’s that they are ruthlessly results-oriented.” -FAST COMPANY Magazine
We are beings of expansion and love to stretch ourselves. It does take a certain understanding of the need to look outside the box to do bigger things; as bigger things require bigger ways and bigger people. To grow healthily, we need balance in our well-being too.
No need to reinvent the wheel when something has already been done effectively. Plus, I like sharing value so here is a good rundown by a top coach I know, Gerard O’Donovan of the reasons why executives choose coaching (you’re welcome :-))
1. The desire for personal growth: To rise to the top, personal growth is essential. A Business coach can help by accelerating the executive’s natural learning curve in a way that cannot be achieved alone.
2. An understanding of work-life balance: Executives are people. They have lives, families and challenges outside the office. Savvy executives seek coaching to align these goals and custom-design a “system” that achieves success in all areas so that personal and professional growth is assured.
3. Learning from mistakes: Mistakes are an excellent way to learn. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, mistakes are actually tiny successes, because they teach us what does not work, which helps us to get closer to our goals. A coach helps you overcome negative and destructive emotions through the use of constructive feedback.
4. Becoming more self-aware: Self-awareness is a high priority for executives. A coach uses a variety of processes to teach this master skill to executive clients.
5. Developing keener self-reflection: Top executives know self-reflection, or examining the past and the present to positively impact the future, is a conscious process. The trained coach encourages daily self-reflection to achieve peak performance.
6. Defining appropriate developmental goals: Forward-thinking executives seek out learning objectives that enhance enjoyment of life and the achievement of success. The best coaches work closely with the executive to blend personal and professional agendas with the goal of advancing self-fulfilment and leadership abilities.
7. Leveraging strengths and minimizing weaknesses: Each executive is an individual, with individual talents, skills and flaws. Learning how to leverage these gifts is often elusive to the busy executive. The coach teaches how to bring your strengths and assets to bear on daily priorities, organizationally and personally. When your assets align with these goals, the impact is measurable.
8. Personal/Professional Balance: Embracing a holistic outlook for success is crucial to peak performance. A coach teaches how to achieve a synergistic balance in life and work, to avoid stress-related illness, burnout and inferior performance.
9. Grace under pressure: The life of a top executive is demanding. A wide variety of interpersonal skills are needed, and executives who grasp these skills the best will rise to the top. The coach helps the executive learn how to quickly change direction, to think on his or her feet, to stay in a min-zone that is nimble and quick, and to confidently make decisions under pressure without continual second guessing.
10. Recognizing and conquering blind spots: Everyone has one or more blind spots. Refusing to recognize blind spots puts one at risk for failure. Leadership depends upon a high degree of self-awareness. The executive with an intense sense of self is already head and shoulders above others, and the coach can intensify self-awareness so blind spots do not degrade the executive’s effectiveness.
11. Reducing Linear Thinking- Expanding Asymmetrical Thinking: The left brain is orderly, mathematical. The right brain is creative, intuitive. Superior organizational abilities require skilled linear thinking. But analytics take one only so far. Asymmetric, creative thinking is also essential, and a trained coach can help the executive blend both sides of his or her personality for optimal effect.
12. Outcome-oriented vs. People-oriented: Skills that get the job done must be blended with people skills for the right balance between operational success and the human skills every organization thrives on.
13. Transfer of newly-learned skills: The properly coached executive understands how to impart new wisdom to others in the organization for improved collaboration and enhanced success company-wide.
14. Highly Developed Intuition: Peak performers in any field, from sports to industry to the creative arts, cannot always explain how they got to the top or why their skills outshine their peers. Executives are no different. They rise to the top without the personal awareness that leads to the kind of understanding and control that can be used to design a brighter future. The Business Coach helps the executive cultivate a more highly developed intuition, along with self-awareness and the other qualities previously mentioned.
15. If you are an executive on a fast track, ask yourself: When was the last time you sat in the silence and reviewed the past year…or even the past day? Optimal organisational performance requires quiet time to reflect on successes and mistakes, to analyze performance initiatives and goals. The coach can help in these areas, acting as a sounding board to get you there faster.
16. Strategic thinking for greater success: Executive coaching provides the time to discuss short- and long-term goals and objectives in a collaborative atmosphere with a coach who is dedicated solely to your well-being. This “confidential neutrality” is one of the most powerful tools available to the busy executive.
½. No matter the coach’s abilities, the executive must be open to the process and clear in his or her motivations for undertaking the assistance of a coaching partner. The greatest benefit of coaching is the opportunity to reassess your thoughts, intentions and organizational skills to deepen the executive’s potential to achieve measured improvement during the coaching process and beyond.
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