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How Coaching Accelerates Your Career

written byErickson Coaching Internationalon 12/05/2015

Not every person who takes a coaching course ultimately becomes a coach – and that’s not a bad thing. With our adult learners, coaching students are often looking to burnish their skills and credentials, knowing that coaching skills can be in-demand in their present or future careers. In fact, many of our learners were motivated to take a coaching course because they saw those skills in use in their workplace – and they see these skills as the key to career advancement.   Let’s look at some ways this could play out in the real world of business, beyond the profession of professional coach:  

Coaches as Business Leaders

Katie woke up that morning as a regional sales representative – but by 9:30 am, she’d been promoted to National Director of Business Development – a brand new position for which there was no precedent. Her first task in her new position? Drumming up new business in three new target cities, with a team of people working for her.   Her prior training was mostly on-the-job and didn't necessarily relate to her new responsibilities, but she wasn't caught off-guard. She used what she had learned in her coaching training to develop a game plan for how to move forward, asking her team members the kinds of questions she knew would help them see what they needed to do on their end. Based on their answers, she was able to match their roles on her team with their personal skills and aspirations. She also devised metrics they could use to measure success (or adapt their operations). Where her somewhat informal management training might have otherwise left her in the lurch, her knowledge of coaching helped her company to get on a path to success.  

Coaches as Maximizers of Human Resources

When Tom walked into HR Manager Pete’s office, he was prepared for the worst. Tom had only joined the development company six months ago and his record as a project manager was mixed-at-best. He didn't understand what was happening – his previous experience as a project manager in a software company should have given him the right kind of experience to do this job. At this point, his job security was about as good as a coin toss.   Instead of getting raked over the coals, Tom was pleasantly surprised to get pulled into a calm conversation. The HR Manager wasn't there to lay him off; instead Pete kept asking questions that would ultimately get them to the root of the problem that was holding up Tom’s performance. He noted where Tom had actually outperformed his colleagues as, together, they also devised a strategic, measurable process to get Tom up to speed. It turned out that Tom had missed out on some important annual training that had been scheduled a few weeks before he’d been hired; the former HR person who had hired Tom hadn’t realized that Tom had never received that training in his previous position. Tom followed the process and soon got up to speed with the help and encouragement of an HR manager that understood how to get the most out of this employee, thanks to his coaching background.  

Professional Coaches Bring Value to Any Organization

When you learn to become a professional coach, you've got options. Become a professional coaching consultant and build your business helping others to achieve their full potential, in business, finance, love or life. Alternatively, use the skills you've learned to further your existing career in any organization. The choice is yours.