The top 5 reasons to hire a coach most likely won’t surprise you. Although we find our clients utilize our services for diverse reasons the underlying needs often point back to this top five list.
The top five client motivations for hiring a coach are:
expand career opportunities
improve business management strategies
increase self confidence
manage life / work balance
This list comes from a recent article from Sherpa Coaching that referred to the International Coaching Federation annual consumer awareness study regarding.
Part of our unique process at Colibri Facilitation includes both utilizing imagery from graphic facilitation as well as add on coaching (for a specific period of time) with managers and leaders to integrate learning from the group work so that they may optimize performance for both themselves as a leader and their team as a whole.
From our experience we’ve learned that no matter how much energy and excitement comes out of a 1/2 day, full day or multi day business retreat – much of that learning and motivation is lost if it’s not directed and leveraged over a longer period of time with key stake holders towards the intended bigger vision. Because we all know that at 7 am the next morning all of the other team and business needs will also be demanding your attention.
We find it helpful for leaders and managers to get clear on both the why and how of coaching -why it’s important (reviewing the top 5 reasons may help) and how they want to effectively leverage people, resources and time over a specified period so that they may keep their attention on the desired goals that are created during team business retreats.
So next time you’re ready to bring in outside graphic facilitation be sure to look at the bigger picture of need and longer term desired results so that you can be clear if you too may want some add on coaching to ensure you are motivated to attain the successful results you wanted in the first place. Reviewing the top 5 reasons to hire a coach may also prove helpful too.
One of the most underutilized leadership coaching tips is a simple one: listen like your life depends upon it.
We live in a world where we all have a lot of balls in the air, change is constant and the ink is barely dry before we are on to the next task on hand.
Learning to slow down and listen and I really mean deeply listen to what is being said is a skill. It often takes multiple levels of questions or even the same question repeated before what’s really important surfaces. I often notice that after every one thinks you’re done and ready to move on to the next question or event that the conversation gets juicy and some of the best ideas have an opportunity to come to fruition.
Some times listening takes on the form of listening for what’s not being said too. Tim calls it “you could hear crickets in the room” when he notices that questions are being asked but not enough time or trust is present for the answers to be spoken. As a long time business and leadership coach and facilitator I’ve noticed patterns of behavior that I now more intently listen for without any expectations or judgment of how to respond because each person and team has its own unique path.
Unfortunately our non-listening “keep the ball rolling” habit even affects listening to your self too. I notice more and more people looking outside of them self and team for the answers. I often find myself saying the answer is already here – we just haven’t tapped into it yet.
Coming from a sales background I learned about Pareto Principle which when applied listening would look like this ask questions 20% of the time and listen 80% of the time.
I Challenge and Invite You To Give This A Try
Talk 20% of the time and deeply listen 80% of the time during a coaching session, a team member 1:1, a team meeting or even a strategic planning session. You can even do this with yourself – spent 2 minutes clarifying a question you want to answer and then set the timer for 8 full minutes and still with it. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.