Getting the Most From Coaching

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Peter Drucker

The Top 10 Ways to Get The Most From Coaching!

This is your time.

Focus on what is important to you. We encourage our clients to be results-oriented and we will work to identify actions for your immediate consideration. At the same time, it is important to understand that coaching is more than a quick fix. We want you to get to where you want to be, but by avoiding the big picture. For your personal development it may be necessary to look at a number of variables including how you are perceived by your peers; how you prefer to interact with others; how you make decisions; your strengths and weaknesses; motivating factors; your management and conflict resolution style; and your communications patterns, among others. Our goal is increase your competencies and to do this as expediently as possible.

Give yourself the attention you need and desire.

Since most people don't feel that they are truly heard or understood, we encourage you to talk first and foremost about what matters to you most. This may include your long-term dreams, the ramifications of career and family, or why developmental issues are important to you at this point in your career. DO NOT talk about what you think might be useful or even about what you think you should talk about. Talking about what is important to you will give you the value you seek.

Tell what brings you to coaching.

Begin as far back as you like, highlighting significant people and events, both positive and negative that are relative to your issues or concerns. Make sure you feel that we have a real sense of who you are and what your situation is today.

Be punctual and have your assigned tasks complete.

In this way, you will be prepared for our sessions. We ask you to take a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the call to reflect on what has previously been discussed. You are encouraged to jot down notes prompting you on the new things you wish to discuss. This allows us to focus on where you want to go. If you are too busy or rushed, you will be wasting valuable time. One of the things you will want to do is learn some personal management techniques ‚ such as how to work smarter not harder. No interruptions are expected while we are in session.

Learn to focus on you.

Coaching focuses on what it is that you need to do to facilitate the change you desire. It is about identifying and clarifying your issues, enhancing effective action, building capabilities and practicing new behaviors. It is about eliminating things that are not working and establishing boundaries. It helps clarify personal and professional goals, identify ineffective attitudes or blind spots that may be detracting from otherwise satisfactory performance.

Become self-caring.

You regularly put others ahead of yourself, so while you are being coached you are encouraged to put yourself first for a change. By looking after yourself, you will become happier and more relaxed, and the significant people in your life will undoubtedly benefit in the long run.

Be open to learning.

Coaching will focus on five key areas: 1) instructing you in understanding your Personality Type; 2) assisting in assessing your core values and life mission (if desired); 3) focusing in on what you want to achieve; 4) taking responsibility for your actions and implementing change; 5) increasing your skill levels.

Come prepared to take action.

You will be supported as you learn to make the changes needed to achieve your goals. While therapy looks to the past, coaching addresses where you are today and where you would like to be in the future. It is forward-looking and action-oriented.

Learn to observe more -- to see things differently.

Although we will be focused directly on your goals, we will also discuss your strategies in order to achieve these goals. In addition, we will be examining your assumptions, expectations, belief systems and your approach to success. Instead of trying harder, you will be encouraged to try to do things differently.

Integrate what you have been learning.

By integrating your learning into your daily routine, you will notice yourself evolving. You will grow through a process of self-discovery. Take time to share these experiences with your Coach in order that you feel comfortable with change and the challenges and opportunities being presented to you.

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