Friday, August 26, 2011

Being Coachable Is Key to Career Success

There is no question that companies want employees who are coachable. As the pace of business quickens, companies expand globally, new technologies surface, and employers expect their employees to adapt quickly, learn new things, and take on more responsibilities. Thus, being coachable becomes even more important to your career success. The question is: Are you coachable? Following is a list of actions you can take to develop character traits that will make you more coachable.
  • Strive for continuous improvement, professionally and personally.
  • Display an Interest in learning and trying new things.
  • Set and pursue career goals and objectives.
  • Own your career and give it direction, but be flexible enough to change direction if needed.
  • Be willing to learn and apply new information, processes, techniques, and work habits.
  • Accept feedback concerning work performance, habits, and attitude.
  • Allow ample time for changes to take effect.
  • Be accountable for your actions and outcomes.
  • Use active listening techniques and follow instructions.
  • Don’t assume you have all the answers; consider other perspectives and ideas.
  • Step outside your comfort zone and stretch yourself professionally.
  • Maintain professionalism and respect others, even in challenging situations.
Others can help with this process if you open yourself to being coached professionally. A good manager can help you with professional development as opportunities arise on the job and, of course, through constructive performance reviews. A professional mentor can also be a great coach. Look for someone who has many years of experience in your occupation or industry—it’s even better if he or she works in the same company as you. Another option is to employ the services of a professional career coach; however, before hiring a coach, be sure to look into that person’s qualifications, credentials, services, fees, and client referrals.

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