Coaching can be described as the process that aims to improve performance and focuses on the “here and now” rather than on the distant past or future. Coaching is about unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their performance. It is about helping them achieve more with whatever resources they have at their disposal. In essence, coaching is about helping you to learn how to do it on your own rather than teaching you how it is done.
With self-development being a high priority in the workspace, the knowledge and skills of unlocking one’s potential are invaluable. The value you would experience in your newly found potential should give you every reason to answer the question, “Why you need a coach.”
The following 5 reasons will help you understand the need for a coach in business or as an executive in the corporate world.
Legendary athletes like Mike Tyson, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have all agreed that being held accountable by their coach or coaches has proved valuable to their success. In sports, coaches are responsible for monitoring their athlete’s statistics, analyzed video footage of their performance, and tracked their progress. And because they have an outside view of the athlete, they can give input on how to improve performance.
Many other people have attributed their success to the assistance of a mentor or coach, often in an informal setting. However, in its formal sense, coaching can help one reached the levels of success that one can only dream about.
When you are being coached, it means someone with more knowledge and experience is giving you his or her attention. And to achieve more, we often have to question our old selves and challenge our old way of thinking and doing things.
Your coach will act as an outsider by being objective and frank. Your coach can ask provocative questions that force you to defend your ideas. There is value if you can and value if you can’t. In business, mistakes can be expensive and sometimes irreversible. So the knowledge and experience of a business coach is very valuable. Having someone who will question and challenge your thinking improves your performance. With an experienced coach by your side, you get to learn how to avoid the pitfalls and how to make useful and beneficial decisions. That inevitably, that often leads to an increase in business profitability and personal development.
A lot of business people and executives often complain that they have no one to talk to about their work experiences or personal matters. They ask themselves, who will listen without any agenda or without them revealing their vulnerable side.
People in business and executive positions, at times, can talk their way into a great answer by having a coach listen to their issues. Having a coach with life and business experience relevant to your own, who is personally successful, who can relate to you and who you can relate to is extremely beneficial. They listen to your challenges from a point of experience. Whether it is only to listen because you want to vent out or because you need their assistance to think through whatever you are going through.
Everyone needs recognition and celebration. But to whom can the business person or executive brag? Certainly not his competitors, employees or colleagues. In the workspace and business world, the other business people or colleagues may often disapprove of what’s working, even if they are grudgingly aware of the results.
The recognition of success is sometimes not even celebrated by those close to you. The executive who comes home with good news about the new deal signed or the progress they are making with the employee development program to the spouse and children often gets a very disinterested response. A “that’s nice, dear” – not a “holy crap! You are killing it out there! You’re a genius! Where can I get results like that?”
Having a knowledgeable coach gives one an appreciative audience who “gets it”, who understands the tremendous value of the accomplishments. Someone able and willing to celebrate the achievements because they are secure in their own success.
Regardless of the money, the deals signed, and the goals achieved, ultimately all motivation is self-motivation. But there are definitely contributions made by others. If you want to succeed in business or career, wanting to do well and having the desire to succeed is not enough. You can have the right attitude, and the right mindset, but unless you have a coach who is doing well and can teach you his step by step techniques, you will probably not make it.
Coaching improves motivation and performance while boosting career satisfaction. Very often the coach’s role in your search for motivation is to help you uncover your “WHY”. Why you do what you do, and why you want to achieve the goals you’ve set yourself to achieve. Coaching can also help you identify what is holding you back and work with you to overcome any obstacles. Your coach may suggest new perspectives and offer inspirational resources.
A good coach has the rare ability to explain to you what you need to do and why. They do it in a way that makes sense. An encounter with a great coach often becomes a turning point in your career or business.
The right coach will always help you to stay focused. They will help you to create a plan and stay in action so your big goals can become a reality. Having the right coach can help you see things that are holding you back. They can help you to make decisions to grow in areas that need to transform to be the best person you can business, both professionally and in your personal life.