Coaching – Success Customized

A decade ago, coaching was looked at as an unnecessary intervention. Many people thought – If I cannot improve myself, how can someone who hardly knows me be able to add any value? Today, people are very open to the idea of coaching. They know that the world is moving too fast for us to be able to know for sure whether we are able to cope.

Does everyone need a coach?

You need a coach only if you want to increase your chances for success, and you know that two minds will surely think better than one. If you have access to someone who has a good coaching record, can you afford to run your life by trial and error? A major consideration in coaching is to give ourselves the best chance to reach higher levels with the least possible risk. Coaching provides that safety net that will help you take bigger leaps to the top.

The corporate and business worlds look down upon mistakes. We normally do not get multiple chances to succeed. Sports people have known, for long, that a coach can bring in changes and make minor modifications that will help the player overcome gaps, and even pick up new skills. Interestingly, improving physical skills and abilities is a much easier way than improving mental abilities such as strategic thinking, communication and leadership skills.

Are there major benefits from coaching?

Here are some of the many benefits that can be achieved through effective coaching:

  • See yourself as the world sees you.  While we think we know how the world sees us, there is normally a noticeable gap between reality and our perception of it.
  • Bounce your ideas off the coach and get another view. This could open up new options that we normally miss, when we are too close to the forest to see the trees.
  • Introspect and analyse yourself while using the experience of the mentor to see yourself in an unbiased/disconnected way.
  • Get additional views on important issues and thereby take more informed decisions.
  • Understand how other successful people operate, and how you could benefit from those approaches.
  • Learn new ways to see and handle your relationships and your team.
  • Become adept at taking feedback and understanding yourself better.
  • Get support and motivation to stay on course to your goals.

Can any coach get great results?

For a simple answer lets look at sport again. Do all coaches get the same success for their teams? Alex Ferguson who recently retired as the head coach for the British Football Team – Manchester United enjoyed a pride of place that set him apart as an extremely successful coach. Some are even stating that he is the best ever football coach in recent history. His successor will have difficulty matching up to his success record.

What can we do to select a great coach?

A coach adds a huge deal of value to the coachee/s and so while you choose a coach, it is essential that  you check out the track record of the coach.  A great way is to ask for references. At least make two calls to people who have already experienced the skill of the coach you want to engage. Find out what level of people are already being coached. Also remember to check whether all is well with the coach’s life. If one is struggling to handle their own life, can that person be trusted to guide yours?

Remember the stature and the track record of the coach should be checked and verified before you open up your life to someone who is going to guide you to the pinnacle of your success.

Success isn’t a simple roll of the dice. For most people, it is a long and hard struggle. With a coach, the climb to the top becomes a lot easier. Why reinvent the wheel? Why take chances with success?

Get Coached. Live well. Grow Fast.

Ian Faria.

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