How to get the most from your coaching experience

Posted by on Oct 20, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Enlisting the services of an IT Architecture coach to help with your career is going to involve a significant amount of time and money on your part. Like anything else in life what you get out of coaching will depend on what you put in. So we’ve created this guide to help you get the most out of your investment.

Hold Yourself Accountable

You are responsible for your own actions. Your coach can only point you in the right direction. If you’re not prepared to put the work in, you’re not going to reap the rewards a coach can undeniably give you.

So if your coach suggests reading a book, go out and read it. You will only get out of coaching what you out in. Your coach can’t do the work for you. In the end the book stops with you.

Be Honest and Open

Discussing you innermost feelings with a complete stranger can be extremely uncomfortable at first. But I urge to overcome this feeling; your coach is likely to have heard it all before in any case. Try to be as candid with your coach; the more honest you are the greater benefit you’ll receive.

Be Flexible and Open to New Idea’s

Let’s face it, some people are just un-coachable. If you’re not open to new ideas and ways of doing things, if your way is best and you’re not prepared to listen to an alternative, you’re not going to get any benefit from coaching.

Your coach isn’t just making things up, they’ll be vastly experienced in this area so you must be prepared to listen and learn.

Build Trust

Establishing a working relationship with your coach is of paramount importance. You should think about trust before you employ the services of one.

You’ll be airing all your dirty linen with a coach, professionally speaking anyway, so make sure you’re comfortable with that before you start a working relationship. If there is any shred of doubt about the person you’re thinking of employing, walk away.

Give and Receive Feedback

As you work through the coaching process you should periodically have an assessment. This is your opportunity to bring up anything you’re not happy with about your coaching. Don’t hold back if you feel there are something that’s not being covered, say so. Your coach can’t fix it if they don’t know what’s wrong.

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