Continual learning is necessary for professional improvement.
A professional coach can help you get there…but only if you’re coachable.
It means you must listen with the intent to learn rather than to show what you know.
To be coachable means to lack arrogance and defensiveness… to minimize pride and ego.
Be teachable. Be trainable. Be flexible.
(Is there anything more frustrating than the “know-it-all” in the room?)
To be completely perfect, to need no more training or coaching, is to stagnate – and in many cases, to be dismissed.
The best professionals at all levels (and in most fields) require coaching to improve (executives, managers, professionals). And they know it.
Are you one of them?
A quick 6 point check on your coachability…
Which of these are true and to what extent?
- When I’m given feedback/ criticism, I usually think about it before responding (waiting just a bit).
- When I’m given feedback/ criticism, I ask questions about it in order to try to better understand it.
- I feel my work’s purpose is to serve my external customers.
- I feel my work’s purpose is to serve my internal customers (managers, colleagues, other departments).
- I’ve changed/ revised my position/ approach because of the advice of another individual.
- I usually allow my manager and others to complete their sentences before responding.
There is no rating scale. These questions are meant to raise awareness when answered as objectively as possible.
A quick habit to improve your coachability…
After you’re given feedback/ criticism, before responding, ask a question…
- How do you mean?
- Can you tell me more about that?
- Can we talk that through so I understand it better?
If these questions resonate for you, call me to explore what we can accomplish working together.