Sometimes when my family is getting ready for the day, I’m told to “dial it down.” Not all of them appreciate my happy dance while they’re eating their oatmeal. At 6:30 AM, they don’t all share my enthusiasm for all the exciting things that could happen that day. For them, getting out the door on time is enough. That’s alright, dialing it down is fun, too.
In my experience of being an internal coach at a software company and having a private coaching practice, there are five main reasons people get coached. The details may be different, and the clients may explain their situations in different ways, but when boiled down to the essential, the reasons for getting coached can be counted on one hand.
There’s always a war going on between our weaknesses and strengths. If you’re a business owner, there’s also a war between working IN your business and working ON your business.
Finding new clients! That's the #1 challenge reported by coaches. I can relate—I got certified as a coach to help people. The problem was, how to find the people? If finding new clients is your challenge too, here are seven ways to get new coaching clients.
If you want to build a strengths-based culture in your organization, it won’t happen overnight. Sure, you may want your coworkers to take hold of strengths instantly to receive the tremendous benefits of focusing on strengths like: increased productivity, retention, job satisfaction, positive interactions with coworkers, and so forth.
Job descriptions aren't designed for you. Have you ever thought about that? They're designed in a generic manner to attract a diverse pool of candidates. If companies made the list of requirements and job tasks too specific, they may not get any candidates at all. It's a really smart strategy...until the candidate starts the job.
Two years ago I was searching for more fulfillment at work. I had been in sales and marketing for 13 years, and though the company was successful, something was missing. I felt if I kept doing the same thing for much longer, I would look back with regret.
We’ve all been there. You sit down to work on a project and your mind is thinking about a number of other things. It may be upcoming meetings, a difficult discussion you just had, or what you’ll be doing this weekend.
Before I knew what coaching was, this is what I thought coaching was: you paid a coach to tell you how great you were and how everything would work out, if you just believed in yourself.