Individuals started hiring coaches to assist them in attaining their personal goals. And then companies and corporations started hiring coaches to enhance profits and improve the skills and effectiveness of their managers and executives.
Today, people are increasingly looking to develop new skills and/or hone existing skills. Whether it is for fame, fortune, or personal advancement and fulfillment, enhanced skills can bring rewards.
How Do Coaches Work?
Some experts become “coaches”, helping people learn new skills, concepts and strategies. Coaching can be a full-time professional career or a part-time vocation. They usually work with individual clients but sometimes they work with project or work teams. A coach may provide services face-to-face, remotely using the internet or a combination of these two methods.
Coaches differentiate themselves from teachers, consultants and therapists because they help clients or “coachees” to:
- Identity their goals,
- Develop plans to meet those goals,
- Maintain accountability to achieve the goals,
- Sustain motivation while striving to reach goals,
- Educate clients how to attain their targeted goals.
Therefore, coaches are:
Coaches are always aimed toward the desired end-result.
Why Do Individuals and Companies Hire Coaches?
To achieve goals, of course – but that does not come easily. Goal attainment requires time, patience, hard work and guidance. Coaches provide that guidance but also a particular set of tools, insight, experience and talent in their client’s area of pursuit. They help coachees when they are discouraged, struggling and/or stuck by a barrier. The coachee’s accountability to their coach adds social pressure to take strategic actions already committed to.
Coaches strive to get their clients to the desired end result. Initially, the skilled coach taps into their client’s passion and encourages them to strive for distant but achievable goals. In addition, a coach may guide a client to discover their own talent and self-motivation. All people resist hard work but a trusted coach can help a client keep making progress when their motivation declines.
A relationship with a coach is a safe space. In that protected relationship, you will be taught ways to obtain a clear view of yourself and what you are trying to achieve.
- Identify goals to achieve
- Sharpen particular skills in order to achieve their goals
- Formulate strategies and tactics to attain goals
- Develop a written action plan to achieve the goals
- Modify the plan as necessary
- Hold clients accountable to their commitments, actions and deadlines
- Measure progress within the action plan
- Help clients overcome personal and external obstacles and barriers
- Tighten execution
- Support clients when floundering
- Push clients beyond their comfort zone
- Inspire clients to demand more of their potential
Generally, the coach-client connection is designed to identify blind spots, increase clarity, and cultivate more happiness in the client’s life. The road to success in any field is bumpy, winding and sometimes exhausting.
Even with the best intentions and discipline, at times it is easy to get side-tracked and lose sight of your targeted goal. Without a trained and focused coaching professional by your side, you may understandably waver and veer off your strategic plan.
Coaches understand this struggle and they work closely with you to keep you focused, motivated and enthusiastic. Your goals are important to them and a big part of why they’ve become a coach is to experience the joy of witnessing clients succeed
How Can Coaching Clients Succeed?
Coaching clients must be passionate, determined and self-motivated to reach tough or competitive goals. They must also be willing to set priorities, make tough decisions, remain disciplined, hold to their career vision, and sacrifice many extraneous desires in order to attain high-level goals. Trusting your coach and making a full commitment to your goals and your plan are imperative.
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