Coachability

Being coached isn’t for everyone. Sometimes we have fallen so deep into hurt and uncertainty that we need a different kind of professional (a therapist, for example) to help us heal before we are able to wrap our minds around moving forward. What are the signs, then, that a person is in a good place to be coached?

Creative Commons "One Step at a Time" by Lachlan Hardy is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Creative Commons “One Step at a Time” by Lachlan Hardy is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The potential coachee:

  • Is able to see both challenges and possibility. If there’s no challenge, there’s no need for coaching. There has to be a little daylight, though, to give the coach a foothold.
  • Understands the coaching relationship. The coach is a thought partner, not a prescription-writer.
  • Is willing to take action and be held accountable. The aim of coaching session is to move the coachee toward self-designed action steps. The coachee must then be willing to take those steps, or else his/her work during the sessions is for naught.
  • Prioritizes coaching sessions. One telltale sign that a coachee is not invested in the process is if he/she routinely calls in to sessions late or reschedules regularly for non-emergency reasons.

If you have a coaching “pinch” and recognize yourself in the list above, let’s talk!

 

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