One of the “5 Ways to Get the Most out of Leadership Coaching” below is to “get clear on what you want to get out of your coaching”.
Whilst this sounds obvious, you’d be surprised how many new clients I meet who can’t actually articulate what the outcome of their coaching should look like.
If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter much which way you go, as the cat pointed out to Alice in Wonderland.
So, when you meet with your leadership coach for the first time, be prepared to answer some simple questions like these:
- What is your current situation (business/organization/individual)?
- How shall the situation be different in the future?
- How will we measure progress and success as objectively as possible?
If done well, clarity about the outcome of coaching will ultimately lead to defining the ROI on coaching. Coaching is an investment, and you should get a great return.
However, there is once scenario that we should not ignore: sometimes goals can’t be defined right away. Eventually the actual purpose of the coaching may be to get clarity about what goals or what direction one should pursue. In that case it would be unwise to define goals prematurely, even though when others in the organization are pressing for “SMART” goals. (See also: Screw Goal Setting! )
Whether you need support in finding your direction, or whether you are ready to define SMART goals and calculate the ROI of your coaching, I’ll be happy to help. Contact me for an exploratory session without any obligations: email@example.com
5. Get clear on what you want to get out of your coaching Finally, you and your coach should both be clear about the objectives of the coaching. What is it that you want to achieve over the course of executive coaching? How would you like to grow? What would you like to learn about yourself? What goals would you like to accomplish? What skills would you like to acquire and/or develop further?