Benefits of Career Coaching – The ‘Coach’s Space’

An acquaintance of mine recently asked me what career coaches do and why would anyone hire a coach to help them figure out what to do when they finally ‘grow up’? Granted, this friend was chiding me a bit but instead of launching into the text version of what career coaches do, I explained the magic of the ‘Coach’s Space’. The Coach’s Space involves three elements which benefit the client.

1. The Third Space – You see, when a client and a coach connect a ‘third’ space is co -created in which creative ideas, insights and results emerge that otherwise would not occur if the client tried to focus on such thoughts independently.

2. A neutral partner – The space created by the career coach is not easily obtained by a client and say, his or her spouse/ partner etc. The coach must be a neutral third person who holds no agenda nor tries to set an agenda. You see, the other unique quality of career coaching is that the client sets the agenda. It’s the coach’s job to help the client keep focused on that agenda and embody the principle that “It’s all about them.”

3. No bad ideas -A career coach provides a supportive environment which enables the client to ‘try on’ different ideas. How many times have we had what we thought was a great idea but were hesitant to share it with our partner our spouse for fear of being criticized. A thoughtful career coach will encourage her clients to experiment with many job targets until the right match is discovered.

To illustrate the value of coaching, I will share a personal example with you. When I was in my late 20’s the sport of triathlon was just beginning to emerge. At the time, I was a decent runner, a mediocre swimmer and had not touched a bike since I was a kid. Becoming intrigued with triathlons, I began training and ultimately completed my first ‘sprint triathlon’. I was hooked!

As I started to gain confidence, hoping to compete in more events, I shared with my husband (at the time) that I wanted to train for the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. (Big mistake!) He promptly turned to me and said, “Debbie, you are crazy. There is no way you could ever do something like that.” Talk about a put down. Well, I did not let that stop me. I made the decision to start working with a triathlon coach. The rest is history. At age 55 I have completed 4 Ironman Triathlons (including two in Hawaii), dozens of Olympic distance triathlons and numerous marathons. My coach understood my passion for the sport and supported me in my goal of completing my first Ironman race.

Like athletic coaches, career coaches create a supportive environment where clients can realize their potential and reach goals that might not have been achievable otherwise. Individuals seeking meaningful careers stand a better chance of reaching their goals when partnering with a career coach.

How Does IT Architecture Coaching Work?

If you’re trying to decide if IT Architecture coaching is for you, it may help to understand exactly what your coach will do and how it all works. We’ve created this article to give you a better understanding of coaching.

Basically career coaching provides support to an individual to help them find ways in which they can improve their performance. Your coach will work with you to establish your goals and then create a road map for you to follow throughout the next few months or years.

Most coaching is done over the telephone. Many coaches will never actually meet their clients. Don’t worry about this though; coaching is just as effective over the telephone as it is face-to-face. If this does bother you however it may be possible to find a coach in your local area. But always keep in mind it’s more important to find coach who has all the relevant skills and experience than to find a coach who’s local.

A typical coaching session will last around 45 minutes. After the session you’ll usually have access to free e-mail support and some short 5 – 10 minute support calls. Depending on what you want to achieve your coaching will last from 3 to 6 months, if it’s the CIOs job you’re after maybe even longer.

Listening is more important than talking

Your coach should spend more time listening than talking. You should be talking they should be listening. They should not try to put words into your mouth or try to influence your thoughts in any way. They should be your goals and your thoughts because it’s your life.

What motivates you?

Finding out about exactly motivates you is one of the keys to good coaching. Do you want to work for yourself, is money important to you or do you want to spend more time with your family.

Always offer support and inspire trust

Your coach is not there to judge you in anyway. They’ll provide support and offer advice on the situations you find yourself in. You’ll find yourself talking about some quite intimate things with your coach, so trust is a vital part of this relationship.

Recognise that all needs cannot be met solely by coaching

Your coach is not a super hero they can’t possibly know everything. They must recognise that they don’t know it all and you must realise that too. If there is an area that your coach can’t help you with then they’ll know a professional who can.

Once you’re aware what a coach will do and how much time it’s likely to take up in your busy life it will make the choice of choosing one much easier. Think of the use of a coach as an investment, in the same way you would extra qualifications. The initial cost of a coach will be recovered many times in the future.