If these15 statements are true for you, you might not need a coach. If, on the other hand, some of these are false for you, scroll to the bottom for links to coach directories.
Instructions: Print this out. Read each statement. Black out the "[T]" if the statement is true for you. Black out the "[F]" if the statement is not true for you. Step back and sort out what it all means. And then see the coaching directory links for help.
I've heard a lot about the "Law of Attraction" lately, mainly due to the wildly popular movie and book, The Secret (Rhonda Byrne, Editor, Atria Books, 216 pages, 2006). The Secret is ranked #9 in books on Amazon, and has garnered 1429 Amazon customer reviews, averaging 3.5 stars out of five. Number 9 in sales - must be good, right?
You are in charge of your company's recruiting program. Susan is a bright college senior you have been interviewing for a role. For the past few weeks, Susan's parents have been writing and calling you almost daily, pressuring you to hire her when she graduates later this month. (Think this doesn't happen? Here's what the Boston Business Journal had to say about "helicopter parents.") You are tired of the hassle, and wondering if Susan can cut it on her own.
What do you do? How does this parental behavior affect your decision about Susan? How do you get her parents off her back (assuming that's what you want)?
We are on vacation - back on June 25th. I am under strict orders not to post until then, and I fully understand the consequences of violating those orders, so...bye for now. See you in a week and a bit.
Dave Krueger, in addition to being a friend, is an experienced and accomplished mentor coach, and Dean of Curriculum for Coach Training Alliance. On this week's drive to Houston and back (four hours one-way), I listened to Dave's great set of CDs about coaching professionals. One quote, among many, stood out as worth sharing with you:
"If we find our selves resisting change, it's already occurred."
Here's the problem: he never practices what he preaches. Not once has he given you any sort of praise or recognition. He is great at recognizing when you blow it, and making certain you and all those around you know how displeased he is. But your department has been turning in great results for the last four months and he hasn't said a thing. Not a single "good job," or "your team is really making it happen," or "thanks." Not one.
You love this job, and you are deeply committed to energizing and engaging all the people you work with. You don't want to leave, but you can't stay if you never get any positive strokes from your boss. After all, you are human, too.