What is your personal development plan for this year? How will you get better? What will you do this year so that you can say on December 31st, “I am a better person today than I was a year ago.”? If you don’t have a plan, I encourage you to develop one this month. If you do have a plan, are you on target to achieve the results that you want?
Are You Ready for a Coach?
The world of work is changing, and fast. Having a successful
career means continual learning and adapting to rapidly evolving
You can’t do it alone. Coaching yourself is like the blind
leading the blind: You can’t know what you don’t know.
Coaching occurs all the time within an organization as a management
or leadership style. But what we are referring to here is
coaching from an executive coach who is professionally trained
and hired externally, and whose sole job is to provide development
No universal certification guarantees quality or qualifications.
Former outplacement specialists, therapists, psychologists,
HR specialists and motivational speakers have transformed
themselves into executive coaches. Some have undergone rigorous
coach training programs, and some are talented and highly
intuitive people without formal instruction.
While coaches were originally assigned to those experiencing
difficulties or in danger of derailment, there is now wider
acceptance of hiring coaches for even the most successful
managers. Organizations recognize that people can grow and
change. Having a coach assigned to you often signals career
Who Needs a Coach?
A coach can be most useful at particular career points:
1. You are being promoted to a management or
leadership position that requires new skills.
2. You lack fulfillment in your present position and are
considering a career change, within the same company or
3. You are experiencing stress and may be on the road to
4. You want to improve your ability to manage and influence
others by understanding how to navigate office politics.
5. You want to learn better “people skills.”
6. You want to improve your emotional intelligence and learn
to better manage your inner experiences so you can manage
others more effectively.
7. You are dealing with global issues: long-distance responsibilities
or actual relocation.
8. You are experiencing diversity challenges that you’d
like to handle better.
9. The strengths and talents you brought to your job are
not the ones that will guarantee future career success.
Choosing a Coach
The No. 1 quality anyone should look for in a coach is rapport.
A client needs to be able to trust the coach and feel comfortable
working at a level where real change can happen. The relationship
with your coach is the key. Most coaches offer free, no-strings-attached
sample coaching sessions. Take them up on the offer. To
make the most of these calls, bring a specific 'issue' to
discuss - the more specific the better - and actively engage
in the coaching process.
This is actually one of the best parts of choosing a coach.
Where else can you try-before-you-buy like this? Can you
go to a restaurant and sample the fare without paying? Can
you 'borrow' some new clothes from a department store an
walk out without paying for them? Will a taxicab driver
take you somewhere for free so you can test out his traffic-handling
skills? No. No. No. But with coaching, sample sessions are
a big yes, Yes, YES! So do a number of them before selecting
who you want to work with on an ongoing basis.
The most important thing is that you truly connect with
the person assisting you. Look for someone you can speak
with openly, who is not judgmental, and is only there for
your success. Talking with others who have used coaches
might also be helpful, as long as those people can clearly
communicate what was good or bad about their own experience
with coaching, and why. Contacting professional associations
with members who offer coaching is another excellent avenue
to obtain information on possible coaching providers
If you would like to get in touch with what part of your life may need some work, go to my web site www.coachpinney.com and click on Assessments and take the Sphere of Life Assessment. If as a result, you discover some part of your life is out of balance, take a big step and hire a coach.
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For the last twenty
years Jerry has been president of his own firm. He has spent his
career helping small business organizations grow and succeed. He
has a passion for success that he shares with his clients. His current
focus is providing executive and personal coaching to persons who
are interested in improving their effectiveness and their ability
to be successful. He is a facilitator for peer advisory groups with
The Alternative Board and is a Certified One Page Plan Consultant.
Jerry has facilitated planning retreats and planning sessions for
Jerry’s experience includes serving as Vice-president of Marketing
for IGA staff office, Vice-president of membership for the National
Grocers Association, Sr. Vice-president of procurement for Shurfine
International and the Managing Director of The Zenon Hansen Foundation.
Jerry is an Eagle Scout. He lives in Chicago with his wife Terri.
Jerry spends his volunteer time as a coach and consultant for The
Executive Service Corps of Chicago, an organization committed to
help the non-profits in the community improve.
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