To get the most value from your coaching engagement, explore the importance of being open in three ways. These ways to be open include, being open about yourself, being open to trying new things, and being open to your blind spots.
- Near the end of one of my coaching engagements,…the leader said that his wife wanted to speak with me.…"Would it be okay if she came to our next meeting?"…What does she want to discuss?…He said, "She won't say until we meet."…In the coaching engagement, the leader worked…on behaviors and response to feedback…that he turned conversations into competitions.…He always wanted to be right,…he always wanted to win discussions.…When we met, his wife said that came up at home too,…and it had reached a breaking point…before our work together.…
But he turned things around.…She said, "I wanted to thank you in person,…"because you've saved our marriage."…And I said, I'm so happy for both of you,…that your relationship is stronger.…But I clarified that one thing I know for sure…is that I didn't save their marriage,…they saved their marriage.…It's wonderful they're in a better place,…but they earned the changes.…And to be of service when leaders choose…to make changes that matter to them…is one of the best things about being an executive coach.…
- Identify the fundamentals to formulating individualized development questions.
- Determine development areas you want to change.
- Examine an executive coach’s insight, actions, and accountability.
- Determine the three ways to challenge yourself when working with an executive coach.
- Recognize the best ways to evaluate progress and setbacks.