If your nickname is “The Sledgehammer,” you probably need coaching.
Hint: If you’ve ever insulted an employee or said something like, “I would consider their ideas if they would just bring me good ideas,” about your team, you could probably benefit from coaching.
If you are willing to be coachable, a coach can help you to alleviate the cultural challenges your personality may have inadvertently created, and guide you to become a much more effective leader, building relationships and improving retention across the board, saving your company a ton of money in the process.
“Success” doesn’t always mean success.
Okay, you’re at the top of your game. Are you happy? Often we think that the C-suite equals success, but let’s be honest: on your deathbed, you’re probably not going to be talking about the square footage of your office or how many people you impressed with your career. In fact, when we listen to both extremely successful people who are retiring, they’ll tell you that the view from your office isn’t nearly as important as the view as you look into the eyes of your loved ones.
Compare that advice to the regrets of the dying, as reported by a palliative nurse, which include “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard,” “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me,” and “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”
If you’re successful in your career, yet still think something might be missing, you just might need some coaching to find the missing pieces.
People often feel nervous about coaching because they’re just not sure that they need coaching, and they’re being pressured to hire a coach. But even if you’re not sure you need coaching, if you’re being asked to meet with a coach, go into the conversation with an open mind. It’s tempting to react with anger or resentment, but if you give it a chance, coaching can me a huge difference in your life.
Tomorrow, we’ll be looking at Reason #5 Why Coaching Might Make You Nervous: You’ve Had Coaching Before, and It Was A Disaster.