You’re thinking about pulling the trigger and hiring a coach because:
- You’re a good leader, but you know you could be better.
- You’re not feeling as satisfied at work as you used to feel.
- You think there could be better opportunities out there for you, but you’re not sure.
You think you should hire a coach, but you don’t want to look weak. However, it seems like everyone has a coach these days, so why not you, right?
There may be times in your life when coaching can be extremely beneficial and other times when it’s not. Let’s break it down.
Here are three situations when you should not hire a coach.
- You want someone else to do the work. Coaching is not something that’s done to you. It’s something you do for yourself. If you’re expecting to write a check to a coach and miraculously see results, then you’re not ready for a coach.
- You’re completely satisfied with your current situation. If you are happy and you’re not looking to advance in your career right now, then you’re probably not going to get a lot of bang for your buck. Deposit the money you were going to spend on a coach into your rainy-day fund and use it when you’re ready to progress.
- You want someone else to change. Maybe you’re working for a lousy boss, or you think you can fix a co-worker by working with a coach. A coach can provide you with tools to help you change your thinking or your approach. What they can’t do is change someone else.
Here are three reasons for hiring a coach.
- Your performance review wasn’t as great as you expected. Your boss pointed out some weaknesses that you can no longer disregard. Ignoring this feedback will be the end of your stay with this organization. Hiring a coach is exactly what you should do.
- Something is holding you back from advancing in your career. You recognize that you’re not being viewed as promotable. However, you’re unsure why. A coach can help you uncover what’s getting in your way so that you can make the necessary adjustments.
- You were just promoted into a new role, and you want to make a great impression. Expectations are high when you first start a new position. All eyes are upon you. Having a trusted resource by your side can be your secret weapon and make a world of difference.
Knowing when to hire a coach and when not to is as essential as hiring the right coach.
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