Executive coaching can help you achieve higher performance and greater personal satisfaction at work. While you may be aware that you need to make changes — in behavior, mindset, or both — to advance your career, you won’t reap the benefits of coaching unless you’re prepared to fully engage in the process.
To truly benefit from coaching you must be able to tolerate discomfort and be open to experimentation. You’ll need to proactively embrace new ways of behaving, even if these approaches don’t come naturally to you.
This requires a substantial investment of time and effort, so before you move forward, the most important question you should ask yourself is,
“Am I ready to be coached?”
Are you ready for:
- Tolerance for discomfort?
- Openness to experimentation?
- Ability to look beyond the rational?
- Willingness to take responsibility?
- Capacity for forgiveness?
- Ability to ask for support?
Making sure you’re ready before engaging with a coach will help you get the most of the relationship.
This tip is adapted from “Are You Ready to Be Coached?,” by Brenda Steinberg