When is the Best Time in Your Career to Start Coaching?
Many professionals think they’re not ready to start with an executive coach – maybe they feel they aren’t at the right level in their organization, or like it is too premature to begin even considering hiring an executive coach. So when is the best time in your career to start receiving coaching? Here’s what I think and recommend.
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When is the right time to get a coach?
It’s always a good time. In fact, it has been the secret weapon for senior executives until, I would argue, five years ago. Since then, we see a democratization of coaching, which is a good thing. It is now available along the whole ladder of seniority levels, so when you are a manager and you want to become a director, it may be the right time for coaching. When you’re a junior and you want to become a senior, it may be the right time for coaching. When you’re a director and you want to become a vice president, it may be the right time for coaching.
Ok Vero, but how do I really know that it is time to get a coach?
In order to determine whether now is the right, you may want to ask yourself some questions:
- What are the skills that haven taken you to where you are today?
- What do you need to continue growing?
- What is in your way?
- What are your superpowers?
- What are the things that you want to improve on?
- What feedback do you gather from others?
- What impact are you having on others, on your organization, on your team?
- What are aspects of your professional life that could do with a little polish to make you more effective?
Coaching is something that can and should happen throughout your career.
As you read the above questions, I’m sure you start to realize that you could have been helped by a coach during many key moments of your career. I want to tell you: it’s never too late. If you think of a key moment approaching in your career or a key moment you want to provoke or if you want to change careers, these are good moments to start dreaming and making things happen for yourself. Where can I developed myself, where are the areas where my personal growth will make a difference in my trajectory?
So, this is my advice:
There is never a wrong moment to start coaching. It’s always a good moment to look into your leadership career and think of taking a leadership coach.
If I can help you in any ways, you know when and where to contact me. Thank you.
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