Here are eight more reasons why an enterprise architecture mentor and coach guide peak performance as an IT architect. You need grace under pressure. You live a demanding life as an IT architect and a wide variety of interpersonal skills are needed. Architects who grasp these skills the best are on the fast lane to the top. Your coach helps you learn how to quickly change direction, how to think on your feet, and how to be nimble and quick so you can confidently make decisions under pressure without second-guessing all the time. Recognize and defeat your flaws. Everybody has blind spots and if you refuse to recognize them you put yourself at the risk of failure. Leadership depends on a high degree of self-awareness and the IT architect who has an intense sense of self is head and shoulders above other people.
Your coach can build up your self-awareness so that your effectiveness is not degraded by deficiencies. Shrink linear thinking and extend asymmetrical thinking. As we know, the left brain is orderly and mathematical and the right brain is creative and intuitive. Good organizational abilities need linear thinking at a high level.
Asymmetric and creative thinking is also essential and a trained IT architecture coach can help you mix both sides of your personality for best effect. Outcome oriented versus people focused. You are no longer a technician and the skills that used to get the job done now need to be mixed with people skills. This creates the correct balance between operational success and the individual skills which drive every organization. Ability to transfer new skills which have just been learned. A well-coached IT architect knows how to impart new wisdom to others for better collaboration which leads to greater success within the whole business structure. An intuition which is highly developed. Peak performers in all fields can’t always explain how they got to the top or why their skills transcend their peers.
IT architects are no different. Your enterprise coach will help you cultivate a more highly developed intuition so that you can develop the understanding and control needed to create a better future. Here’s an interesting question. When was the last time you sat in silence and reviewed the past year or even the past day? Peak performance requires quiet time to reflect on success and mistakes and to analyze performance initiatives and goals. Your coach helps in these areas, and acts as a sounding board so you get there faster.
Greater success through strategic thinking. Coaching gives you the time to discuss short and long-term goals and objectives inside a collegiate atmosphere. Remember your coach is dedicated to your well-being. The neutrality of a coach who is also a confidante is one of the most powerful tools available to a busy IT architect. Despite the abilities of your coach, you as an IT architect must be open to the process and very clear in your motivations regarding the assistance of a coach. One of the biggest benefits of coaching is the opportunity to reassess your intentions, organizational skills and thoughts. This expands your potential to get measurable improvement not just during the coaching process but throughout your career as an IT Architect.