You’re ready to make a significant change and improve some part of your life. You thought you could do this on your own, but you’re struggling to do so.
Your boss has announced she’s looking to add a more senior person to the department. You want to ensure the person who’s promoted to this job is you.
You’ve started a new job, and you’re finding it challenging to stay on top of everything you need to do to be successful in this new role.
It seems like everyone has a coach these days, but does this mean you should as well?
If you’re experiencing imposter syndrome, feeling uninspired, interested in taking your career to the next level, in need of guidance, then hiring a coach may be exactly what you need.
December is the time of year when many people take stock of what they’ve accomplished over the past twelve months and make plans for a spectacular New Year. If this year hasn’t gone as you hoped, now’s the time to prepare for a more successful year.
Is it Worth the Money to Invest in a Coach?
There’s a ton of free information online, including blogs written by thought leaders and YouTube channels full of tips on how to do just about anything. Can’t you commit to a study schedule and improve your skills on your own? The answer is yes and no.
As the author of six books on leadership and talent, I can say without a doubt that becoming a great leader or achieving a goal such as learning to fly a plane cannot be achieved simply by reading a book. To master certain skills, you need to apply your learning in real-time.
That’s not to say that you can’t improve on your own. However, if getting somewhere sooner rather than later is essential to you, then investing in a coach makes sense.
Working with an experienced coach can:
- Help you identify what’s getting in your way and help you find the motivation to move forward.
- Challenge your assumptions; help you think more broadly.
- Identify ways to exploit your strengths and minimize or eliminate your weaknesses.
- Help you make better decisions faster.
- Help you prioritize.
- Keep you focused.
- Be a sounding board for you.
- Provide you with unfiltered feedback.
- Provide an outside perspective that you cannot get on your own.
- Challenge you to look at things differently and explore all options.
- Help you get out of your own way so you can grow.
- Provide accountability for you.
- Support you and boost your self-confidence.
- Improve your communication skills at work and home.
- Help you achieve your goals sooner and set new goals.
- Save you time and money!
When a Coach is Not Worth the Investment
- You’re not open to change.
- Someone else thinks you need a coach, and you disagree.
- You’re convinced you have all the answers.
- You view the coaching fee as a cost and not an investment.
- You know it all and have nothing to learn.
- You believe you’re the smartest person in the room.
- You’re looking for a quick fix.
- You’re not convinced coaching really works.
- You’re not willing to carve out the time needed to improve.
- You think you should have a coach because your friends all have coaches.
- You’re going to be fired next week unless you can turn things around.
- You’re perfectly fine with the way others perceive you.
- You’re not willing to be vulnerable.
- You want someone to listen to your problems.
- You need to acquire a specialized skill.
- You’re not that committed to achieving your goal(s).
© Matuson Consulting, 2021.