Are you ready for coaching?
1:1 coaching requires the right mindset, which can require preparation
Professional coaching is an experience that requires strong alignment and commitment between an individual and a coach. Our CoffeeChat Coachability Index includes ten questions that serve as a gauge to determine whether you are currently in the mindset and position to work with a coach in a conducive and constructive environment.
If you score lower than expected or feel that you are not coachable at the moment, here are some ways to begin your journey towards becoming more coachable:
Take a free personality assessment. This will begin the process of greater self-awareness about your own tendencies and create space for further self-reflection. We recommend using www.16personalities.com
Start a daily journal practice. This habit can unlock new appreciation for growth and gratitude. We recommend trying the Five Minute Journal App at www.intelligentchange.com/products/five-minute-journal-app
Speak to your manager or mentor. Ask them about the growth areas they would recommend for you and whether coaching could be a good fit for you right now or not. The act of seeking feedback is the first step, and you might be surprised by what you hear.
Re-think your schedule. When people feel that they are too busy to take on coaching, often it’s a false choice between a coaching session and catching up on work. In reality, one common benefit of working with a coach is finding ways to make decisions faster and become more efficient with your time. In fact, we often assert that when your work feels most busy or you are in the middle of major projects, this is actually an ideal time to speak regularly with a coach since there are plenty of growth areas to reflect upon and rapidly apply new strategies and insights.