By chance, are you looking to find your ideal Career Coach? I saw a recent article in Financial Management on the topic. This triggered a thought.
Over the years, I’ve reminded many colleagues that the best investment that I’ve made in my company and in my career is in myself. I don’t ever confuse this with the behavior of “leaders eating last.” That is a different premise entirely.
As the article points out, a Career Coach can help create a personalized plan to achieve the goals of your work life. That said, career coaches aren’t therapists! They aren’t qualified or experienced to intervene or opine on emotional, mental or psychological issues. The right Career Coach should provide unbiased perspective (they should have your success and well being firmly at the center of the relationship). Further, they should identify challenges, roadblocks and/or blind spots that might stymie your progress towards your career objectives.
As I have noted many times in my blog, I’ve had the great pleasure of serving under some great Coaches in my life.
Going back to when I was a CEO, I’ve always had a Career Coach. They have been particularly helpful when I’ve experienced “the dip”; unfulfilling moments in my life or career or to take action to change direction.
Here are a few “triggers” that might help you if you are thinking about a Career Coach:
Malaise: Apathy and anxiety are two sure signs you could use a Coach. If you’re having trouble getting out of bed it might be a very good time to have a discovery call with a Career Coach.
Unfulfilled ambition: Ideally, you approach a Coach when you’re doing well and you want to get to the next level. Put together an action plan on how best to proceed. This conversation may accelerate your desired outcome. Re-focus, re-evaluate and set new goals for yourself.
Entitlement or complacency: Sometimes we think we’re better than we are. A good Coach helps me identify those feelings, sorts them out and defines and maps my unique abilities to career acceleration.
Anger: I’ve had times when my anger has gotten the best of me. Shoot, we all do! When that happens, it is helpful to re-route those feeling quickly and get them channeled in the right direction.
Stale, stuck or stagnant? Sometime a “clarity break” with an independent career coach can be just the tonic for the situation.
Maybe you have a friend, colleague or contemporary who could use some a coaches clarifying conversation?