Executive and personal coaching became buzz words earlier this decade, immediately showcasing numerous benefits to positioning individuals for success.

Helping people become more emotionally competent and effective personally and professionally develops avenues for new opportunities. Executive coaches and personal coaches provide confidence, inspiration, and insight. They also provide the right mindset for professional achievement.

Here are five things successful career coaches understand.

The coaching process

Coaching is a partnership between the coach and the client to provide structure, guidance, and support. The coach:
  1. Takes a complete inventory of the client’s current professional experience.
  2. Assesses self-awareness and identifies core strengths.
  3. Uses core strengths to create relevant and realistic goals.
  4. Establishes new behaviors and beliefs that frees individuals from old habits.
  5. Increases focus and provide a balanced perspective, confidence, and effectiveness.

2. Blind spots

Insist that clients be clear and authentic about their goals. Responsibilities, set-backs, and the demands of adult life can overshadow reality and cloud vision. Human nature creates blind spots for options and solutions. Coaching can help gain insight and clarity.

3. Coaching tools

While there are many tools a coach can use, options include:
  • 360-degree listening: Listen and watch the person and get a composite of information from verbal and nonverbal communication. Also, hear the message behind the words.
  • Curiosity: Coaching is not judging. It is a process of discovery.
  • Principles of emotional intelligence: Developing the four competencies of emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship-management) is a great pathway for building insight, patience, and resilience.
  • Positive psychology: The strength-based approach uses core strengths to build resilience and stay connected to the joy of one’s work.
  • Appreciative inquiry: Assists in identifying what is working and why and clarifies paths to professional growth.

4. Coaching differs from training

While insight and personal growth are often coaching outcomes, learning is based in self-discovery, as opposed to information being imparted in a didactic manner.

5. When and why individuals seek coaching

The decision to seek a partnership with a coach is very personal. The choice should be proactive and viewed as an investment. Conventionally, most people seek coaching during times of transition, challenges with performance, and when they stop experiencing professional happiness.

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