6 Tips to Help Make Your Coaching Relationship Successful

February 07, 2018
successful coaching relationship

Most people arenít just looking to simply be a part of a career development program, like coaching, they are also looking for it to be successful. The problem is, there are no guarantees that your coaching relationship will be successful. However, there are a few things you can do to helpÖ

Pick the Right Coach for You

This may be one of the most important tips that we can give you when it comes your coaching experience. Picking the right coach is essential to your success. Your coach needs to have the appropriate knowledge and experience necessary to help you grow and avoid a lot of trial and error in your career journey. Use your coachís experiences to your advantage.

Meet with Your Coach Regularly

Meeting with your coach regularly ensures that you have time to truly engage in the relationship and helps you to stay accountable. Be sure that there is a balance between your meetings and the time that you need to get your ďhomeworkĒ done so that you are prepared.

Donít Just Focus on One Challenge, Look at the Bigger Picture

Itís great to solve any challenges that you may have arise during your time in the coaching relationship, but itís important to always keep the big picture in mind. This relationship is meant to help you learn and grow, so take these challenges and look for an overall solution. Donít just solve them, prevent them from happening again.

Ask Your Coach to Hold You Accountable

This is a big one. Without accountability, there is less of a chance that your coaching experience will be successful. Life happens, whether itís personal or work related and having someone there to hold you accountable when coaching isnít a priority is going to be key to your success.

Be Realistic

Being realistic should be part of any program that you participate in, but it is especially important for coaching. You canít always explain away or rationalize a challenge, reality will always set in and you will need to be aware of your responsibility to the situation. There is no need to defend yourself with your coach, just be fully transparent.

Check Your Ego at the Door

Itís safe to go ahead and assume that your coach has seen and experience everything, so there is really no reason to try to impress them. Be honest about your capabilities and the situations that you struggle with. Hiding behind an ego is only going to hinder the success of your relationship.

If you are interested in implementing a coaching program for your organization, please contact us.

Check out this related article from the perspecitve of a coach: Overcoming Challenges as a Coach


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