“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. “ ~ John Wooden
Could a Career Coach Help You?
Last week I wrote about the importance of capitalizing on good events. (If you missed it, you can read, Share It: It’s Good for You here.)
So, in the spirit of sharing good news, I decided to share an email that I got from a client that hired me last week to help her with some career coaching: “After leaving our appointment today, I had some time to reflect on everything that we talked about and I really feel that our meeting was incredibly beneficial and exactly what I needed to get me back on the career track.”
Of course, I was delighted. But perhaps you are wondering if this is just a lucky fluke or if there really is something to this coaching business. If you are, you might be interested in what the New York Times said in their Career Couch column about why ‘the big leagues” are hiring career coaches.
- Professionals enlist coaches to accelerate their careers, to get help with making decisions, cultivating a presence and achieving self-awareness. Coaches can provide honest, unfiltered feedback, which is hard to find at the highest levels of an organization, says Joseph R. Weintraub, a psychologist and director of the Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.
- For midlevel professionals, a coach can help identify what needs to be done to reach the executive level. Coaches also focus on interpersonal skills, helping people communicate and network more effectively, says Todd Dewett, a leadership development coach and management professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
- Through conversations with direct reports, peers, customers and managers, coaches seek to gain a realistic picture of the client. “People who give this feedback to the coach are often not willing or able to give it directly to the executive,” says Mr. Weintraub, co-author with James M. Hunt of “The Coaching Manager: Developing Top Talent in Business.”
There is other good information in the NY Times article about what kind of credentials a coach should have (I am a Board Certified Coach, by the way) how much coaching typically costs and what the coaching process is like. But I liked the answer to this question, since this is a question that I get asked a lot:
What concrete results can a coach accomplish?
Typically, coaching changes behavior, and that affects what you achieve professionally, Ms. Johnson says. As Ms. Harris puts it, “I coach ambitious people, and through coaching they increase their influence and value within the organization.” Not everyone’s goal, however, is to get to the C-suite: “A lot of the executives I coach,” she says, “just want to do their jobs better and be happier.”
If you think that you would like to have a career coaching session, please schedule a complimentary session on my on-line calendar at www.lynnkjones.com. I coach people around the globe on the phone and on Skype. If you are in the Santa Barbara area, I welcome you to the Possibility Agents office on State Street.
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Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Board Certified Coach and an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individuals on achieving their reflected best selves. A MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment and Leadership to social work students at the University of Southern California.
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