Most athletes understand the value of hiring a coach to help you get to the next level. I learned this years ago as an amateur athlete when I decided to see how far I could progress as a mountain and road bike racer. With the specific guidance provided by my coach, I was able to attain levels of performance that would not have been possible if I had tried to figure it out on my own.
As I transition from the corporate world, I am again realizing the value of a coach. This time it is in the form of a transition coach. Here are 3 ways that you can get benefit from a coach:
It's not necessary that your coach be a Professional Athlete, a CEO, or even someone from your field of interest. A coach provides value by having an outside-in perspective. From the experience of coaching others, they have learned what works and can apply what they've learned to your situation. They are also good at pointing out your blind spots and deficiencies, as well as; where you have strengths that you can build upon. A top-ranked professional mountain biker explained to me once that she was taking coaching from another mountain biker skilled at downhill racing as she explained: "as much as I thought I knew everything I needed to know, she gave me a new perspective that motivated me to try things that I would never have otherwise".
You are held accountable to your manager by the fact that at some point he or she is going to write your review. When you hire a coach, you are taking a first step towards holding yourself accountable to the goals that you set for yourself. When I was coached for bicycle racing, I was compelled to follow through on my training program because 1) I paid good money for it, 2) I did not want to have to make excuses to my coach during my weekly coaching sessions, and 3) I wanted to see the results in my next event. My transition coach compels me to be accountable in the same way.
Connections & Resources
My mountain bike coach gave me advice on how to prepare for an event with the right nutrition and equipment. And even more importantly, connected me with other racers with similar goals and aspirations so that I could train with them. Training with other motivated racers pushed my skills and fitness as we encouraged each other and shared experiences. A well-connected transition coach will provide you with a wealth of resources to assist you as you explore new opportunities. The most powerful of which may be the connections to communities of like-minded individuals
When you are wondering what your next professional-you looks like, don't go it alone. Find a good coach that will help you with perspective, keep you on track with your goals, and connect you to the right resources to get you to that next place.
is passionate about empowering organizations to re-imagine and revolutionize their business through digital transformation. Janet helps clients develop value driven digital transformation strategies that start with the question of "why"and gets realized through solid strategies for around "what" and "how".