FT says High-Flyers are now proud to be coached
According to this article which appeared in the FT last week, coaching has been given a new kudos and status as more and more companies and individuals are discovering the benefits and results it brings.
I've known from my own experience that many people have been reluctant to publicise the fact they are working with me, as it might be viewed by some as a weakness. But it seems those days are now gone. As more and more people realise it's not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.
Check out the article which cites a number of professional bodies like the CIPD and CMI as well as research sources which are demonstrating both the results of coaching and its increasing use by both individuals and their companies. In fact it's something people may even demand as part of their overall benefits package on joining.
Why would you involve a coach? Simply because:
- No-one knows everything about everything
- Your personality has natural tendencies which may create patterns which are unhelpful to your goals
- You will have learned prejudices and viewpoints which may be narrowing the range of solutions available to you or your company
- Remaining motivated at an optimum level entirely from your own resources is unlikely to be viable in the long term.
- An objective viewpoint can help unlock seemingly intransigent situations
There are a myriad of reasons why a coach could be of benefit to you. If you've been waiting to pursue speaking with a coach, including ourselves, because you were concerned about what it might say about you, then be concerned no longer. You may find yourself wondering why you didn't do it sooner.