When you sit and watch a top football team in action, or watch Husain Bolt beat the 100m world record again. Just ask yourself, what do they all have in common? Exceptional coaching!
A good coach should be able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of an individual and work with them to maximize their strengths, while eliminating their weaknesses. This makes the individual more efficient and effective at what they do.
Wouldnâ€™t it be great if you could make use of the same resource to get the most from your professional life? Someone who could work with you on your weaknesses and help you develop into a more rounded and complete professional.
Well the good news is you can. No more wishing about what could be, just planning to make it happen. Learn to take control of your own life and make a better future for yourself and your family.
How to Choose a Good Coach
What makes a good coach? Take a look at every great football, baseball, ice hockey and soccer team in the world. What do they all have in common? A great coach! Thatâ€™s what. So what makes them a good coach? Here are a few of the qualities to look for when enlisting the services of an effective IT Architecture Coach.
Itâ€™s all well and good having all the IT experience in the world, but itâ€™s no good if they canâ€™t communicate to you what needs to be done, as we all know the IT industry is not an industry thatâ€™s populated by good communicators. So always ensure your coach excels at communication. In some ways itâ€™s more important than their industry experience. If they canâ€™t communicate effectively youâ€™re wasting your money.
This is perhaps the most important role of an IT Architecture Coach. Establishing where you are now and where you want to be in ten years is one of the first things your coach will try and establish.
They will then work with you on creating a plan or system to help you try and achieve this. The great thing about having a coach is that theyâ€™re there to help motivate you. We all have bad days; its how we deal with them that sets us apart from our colleagues. The great thing about having a coach is that you can discuss your problems with them. They will then help you overcome your fears and you can return the next day reinvigorated and ready to take on the challenge head on.
This is the biggest benefit of having an IT Architecture coach. Your colleagues will be amazed by your enthusiasm and will also revved up and ready to go. Motivating your staff is one of the keys to any project running smoothly. So coming into work in a bullish mood after having a disaster the day before will automatically rub off on your team members, doing half the job for you.
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