Change for the New Year: Call a Coach

One of the things we can look at changing and improving for the New Year is ourselves and our ability to manage ourselves well.

Smart people with career ambitions know they can’t do it alone. (Mainly because we are self-deceptive, but also because coaching works when you need to make personal changes.)

Many of the people I see who actively seek out coaching are described as “having great potential.” Some are “off-the-charts-bright,” but lack executive presence, a term that’s being thrown about these days in the place of charisma or power or charm.

While they may be brighter than their peers, they often don’t make a big impact in meetings. In some cases they are smart enough to know they don’t have all the answers, but they are also naive enough to assume their high intelligence will eventually show up and get them promoted.

It probably won’t. Because those who get promoted have the edge in social intelligence, which matters even more than high IQs. Here’s what bright, up-and-coming managers should be asking for help with through coaching:

  • Changing the self-talk you engage in
  • Willingness to think about others differently, with compassion
  • Willingness to speak up even when you don’t have the answers
  • Changing the way you sound and what you say when you open your mouth
  • Willingness to think in opposite ways when the status quo isn’t working
  • Practicing self-discipline to slow down and think things through to change habits
  • Maintaining the self-esteem of those around you and willingness to be of service
  • Changing the way you think about the “jerks” at work, and willingness to look at what they can teach you
  • Ability to see humor in all situations and interject levity in appropriate ways to relieve stress and tension
  • Ability to express positive thoughts while under pressure and not in the mood
  • Improving the ability to catch and correct your thinking throughout the day, being mindful
  • Improving self-awareness but also situational awareness of events, people, and contexts
  • Ability to listen, clarify and express genuine good will towards others
  • Ability to act boldly in the face of incomplete information, personal insecurities, fears and doubts, relying on intuitive feelings

People who are willing to take a hard look at themselves with the help of a qualified executive coach can make significant and lasting changes that have career results.

Make no mistake: these changes are hard work. Coaching helps make it easier and sustainable. What matters is the courage to change and the willingness to work hard. Coaching is not for sissies!

If I can help, let me know. If I’m not the right coach for you, I can probably recommend one who might be a better fit. Here’s where you can find information on my coaching programs.

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