Career advancement takes both planned preparation and focused action at all career levels.
While turnover often gets linked with low company morale or poor management, it also provides ample opportunity for advancement. The American College for Healthcare Executives survey in 2014 reported turnover of CEO’s at 18 percent. Baby Boomer executives are retiring or exploring interim positions, and healthcare leaders are finding opportunities in expanding entrepreneurial companies even outside healthcare. So, now more than ever, healthcare professionals have ample opportunities for career advancement. A great way to prepare for future opportunities is to engage a coach.
What is Coaching?
Coaching comes in a variety of packages, but the overarching goal is to help you be the very best version of you. You as a leader, executive, and person. The focus is on your advancement as you define it, a definition that evolves throughout your career. Harvard Business Review published an article on the top three reasons coaches are engaged, and number one was to develop high potentials or facilitate transition. Companies are making the investment. Why not consider making the investment in your own career advancement plans?
What are the Benefits?
- Focus on the future
- Help you discover your own path
- Ask the right questions
- Tackle difficult issues that impact performance and growth
- Focus on individual behavioral change
Is Coaching Right for You?
If you have a fierce desire to learn and grow, coaching can provide additional tools to accelerate your plans. You have to be open to feedback and willing to make positive change. As you engage with a coach, you need to commit to the process and be prepared to reveal personnel weaknesses.
When is the Right Time?
I often find that people are confused on when to utilize a coach. Often times I hear: “I need more experience before I engage with a coach.” Or: “I am well into my career, what benefit is a coach to me now.” Coaching offers value at all career levels. It’s never too early or too late. Let’s take a look at how it may benefit you, now.
Early Career: As you get started in your career it helps to clarify your inner strengths and values. A coach helps you identify these areas and challenge you to consider where you want to be and develop plans to get there. Coaches have many tools that help create a road map that will ensure you are taking the most efficient career journey and that you enjoy the stops along the way. Early careerists can particularly benefit from help with interviewing skills, exploring career options, creating a plan, building confidence, learning about networking, and finding mentors.
Mid-Career: At this point in your career you may experience a feeling of being stuck or have gotten so ‘busy” with a full life that a bit of re-focusing may be in order. A coach can help you clarify where you see your career, discuss strategies to keep you moving forward, serve as a sounding board as well as a catalyst to improve your performance, productivity, clarity and energy.
Late Career: As you advance to the executive level, development feedback becomes increasingly important, more infrequent, and more unreliable. Often you will see executives plateau in critical interpersonal and leadership skills. Leaders later in their career benefit from a coach who is a sounding board, broadens their perspective and assists in identifying and overcoming barriers.
No matter where you are in your career journey you might benefit from coaching if you want:
- Results - greater productivity, faster promotions, bigger profits
- Deeper learnings - about yourself, how you're perceived, where you can improve
- Sounding board - space to hear your own voice - to talk something through and gain perspective
- Awareness of perspectives, beliefs, and attitudes that may be holding you back
- Support and confidence to "lean in" and make bold moves
- Clarity on your values and what you stand for, which leads to greater conviction
- Ideas for ways to improve what you may not see - awareness of blind spots
- Support for improving specific skills - communication, delegation, conflict management, team building, persuasion, etc.
For more information, please email Lisa Mead.