Do I Need a Coach? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself & Find Out

This is a simple question, and I’m guessing that you’ve asked yourself this question at least once. Perhaps your boss told you about a coach; perhaps a friend or a colleague. A coach is a catalyst, someone who is there to help you to grow, to evolve, to change, to improve your skills or your experience. A good coach doesn’t judge, so there is no bad answer, nor silly question. It is safe, as coaches have ethic rules. For instance, there should be no report on what you say to your boss if it is at work. So, if you want to work more efficiently, have more opportunities, be clear on your future, on your goals, if you want to improve your skills and be prepared for the unexpected, then you know the answer.

And the answer should be “yes, I would definitely get an advantage with a coach”.

But the real question is “am I ready to be coached?” If you can answer “yes” to at least three of the following questions, you should be ready to start with coaching:

  1. Am I ready to be open minded?
  2. Am I ready to share my experiences (good or bad), my difficulties, and my fears?
  3. Am I ready to change one behavior in my like or in my job?
  4. Am I ready to work on my coaching work between the sessions?
  5. Am I ready to hear feedback on what I do?

Coaching is a process, it takes time. I have rarely done a ‘one-time’ coaching session. Even in a short period of time, you will need at least two or three sessions to see the benefits. Moreover, even after you have finished all the sessions, you can still work on all the changes you have managed to implement and grow.

StockSnap_IQRRLWJ8CPNow, if you are ready to be coached, the next step is to choose a coach. Even if you are getting coaching through your workplace, you should get a choice of coaches, with at least two different coaches. Coaches have different backgrounds and work well with different types of people. Some coaches are life coaches and focus more on personal issues, and some are business coaches who work more on management or leadership. That doesn’t mean that you can’t talk with your life coach about work, or with your executive coach about personal issues – it’s just a question of where you would like to focus most of your coaching on. All can be connected, and coaches can help you think out of the box.

What you can get if you work with a coach :

  • A discussion in a safe environment with someone who has an objective professional perspective, separate from work or family
  • Someone to challenge you to uncover blind spots, and identify and prioritize goals
  • A partner to help you identify practical solutions for more effective communication and management
  • Fewer mistakes at work and a competitive advantage
  • Time saving for you or for your projects
  • A road map to grow where you want to go

So, are you ready to take the leap and start coaching today?

5 Change Management Tips for Healthcare

Within the past 10 years, a lot of changes have been made in management and notably in healthcare industry. A lot of managers have been asked for change management in addition to team management. They had to change a way of working, the deliveries or simply to be more efficient and change the processes.  It is also a required skill in some job interviews! However, despite a lot of articles and content in Google or books, learning to manage is like learning to ride a bike; it is very difficult to start from scratch and run this type of project by yourself without being prepared. Most of the companies work with consultants, especially if changes are tricky to implement, if they have to go fast, if the changes include a lot of people in different teams or cultures, etc. It is easier this way because you are being guided and receive help. But sometimes you can’t afford to have consultants working for you, so here are 5 tips to know before you start:

  1. Set up a SMART goal: the objective should be ambitious and help motivate your team, but be feasible and realistic too.
  2. Involve other people: you can’t expect to run a project alone, you have to set up a project team and an action plan. This team doesn’t have to be your entire team, but it has to be relevant and include people who will have to experiment with the new organization, not only subject matter experts. Moreover, the people you have involved in the project will help you to implement the actions.
  3. Ask for help: if you can’t afford external help, find a coach or a mentor that will guide you. Change management is not easy, and it is always more difficult to implement that it seems at the beginning.
  4. Don’t start without the blessing of your boss: don’t assume that nobody will show up to say ‘no’, people usually hate changes and you will find roadblocks in your way. You will need the support of your manager or even the CEO.
  5. Be gentle with yourself and allow time: you will probably have to adjust things, you will surely have delays and unexpected events on your road.

If you follow these rules, you will be more comfortable managing a stressed and reluctant team  to change for good. Take your time, ask for help and celebrate victories, even the smallest ones !